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King Curtis And His Orchestra

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1
Close Your Eyes
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:35
2
Unchained Melody
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:28
3
Off Shore
King Curtis And His Orchestra
3:07
4
The Nearness of You
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:59
5
Misty
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:47
6
Stranger
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:45
7
When I Fall in Love
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:37
8
It Ain't Necessarily So
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:57
9
Our Love is Here to Stay
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:55
10
My Love is Your Love
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:28
11
Sweet and Lovely
King Curtis And His Orchestra
2:48
12
Azure
King Curtis And His Orchestra
3:05
Total Playing Time    33:31
King Curtis, was an American saxophonist known for rhythm and blues, rock and roll, soul, blues, funk and soul jazz. Variously a bandleader, band member, and session musician, he was also a musical director and record producer. Adept at tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, he played riffs and solos on such hit singles as "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, and "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters (the latter of which later became the inspiration for Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax") and his own "Memphis Soul Stew".

Stylistically, Curtis took inspiration from saxophonists Lester Young, Louis Jordan, Illinois Jacquet, Earl Bostic, and Gene Ammons. Known for his syncopated and percussive style, he was both versatile and powerful as a musician.

This record was the second that Curtis ever released, putting together a skilled big band to perform his impeccable arrangements of various classics of the American Songbook. It is a living testament to his skill as both a performer and bandleader, creating a microcosm of the biggest talents of jazz and RnB in the 60s.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Everest Records Studio Masters

Tracks 1-12 – contains high-resolution digital transfers of material originating from an analogue master source

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