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  • Personnel includes: June Christy (vocals); Pete Rugolo (arranger, conductor); Bud Shank (alto saxophone, flute); Ted Nash, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone, flute); Jimmy Giuffre (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry, Johnny Rotella (baritone saxophone); Paul Horn, Buddy Collette (reeds); Maynard Ferguson, Conrad Gozzo, Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Zito, Conte Candoli (trumpet); Vince DeRosa (French horn); Paul Sarmento (tuba); Milt Bernhart, Herbie Harper, Tommy Pederson, Harry Betts, Frank Rosolino (trombone); George Roberts (bass trombone); Geoff Clarkson, Russ Freeman, Paul Smith, Claude Williamson (piano); Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Jack Marshall (guitar); Joe Confort, Joe Mondragon (bass); Frank Carlson, Shelly Manne, Larry Bunker (drums).
  • Producer: Lee Gillette.
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California in 1953-54.
  • June Christy's SOMETHING COOL, originally released as a 10-inch LP in 1954. single-handedly inaugurated the cool-jazz vocals movement. Christy had been a star vocalist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the late '40s, enjoying such major hits as "Tampico" and "Shoo Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy." Soon after she left the band, she began working with key Kenton arranger Pete Rugolo and a slew of top West Coast studio musicians (including her husband, tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper) on her first solo album for Capitol Records. The result was SOMETHING COOL, which is both a winning showcase for Christy's wistful style and a landmark of cool-jazz modernism. From the start, Christy established herself as an artist who strove for the very best in song selection, arrangements, and notably intelligent interpretation. There were perhaps other vocalists with greater vocal equipment but few could match June Christy's artistic integrity. The celebrated title track is the soliloquy of a female barfly of a certain age, reminiscing (and fantasizing) about better days to a fellow male patron who just might buy her another drink. It remains Christy's signature performance to this day. Other highlights include a swinging "It Could Happen To You," "Midnight Sun," and an ambitious arrangement of Kurt Weill's "Lonely House."
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Q (2/02, pp.120-1) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Fascinating..."
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