Andy Bey The World According To Andy Bey
Catalog: HCD 7253
Andy Bey - vocalist, pianist, and composer - could be called a late bloomer. He's been performing professionally since he was a kid, but much of his long career flew under the press radar. Now he's reaping real recognition, winning the Jazz Journalists Association award for best male jazz singer three times in the last few years while his work inspires the high priests of jazz criticism to florid prose. So here is Andy Bey, backed only by his own piano playing - which at one time, propelled the bands of Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Cecil Taylor and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis - singing with a luxuriant, mature approach that pulls no punches. His delivery is totally unique. He has a message to get out, a story to tell and tell it he does. Featuring four of his own intensely personal compositions the set list is as thought-provoking as it is satisfying, just like Andy Bey himself.