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Jimmy Rushing – “Five feet of Soul”
Jimmy sings everything with soulful expression, including his own compositions which have become blues standards. His warm style always has a persistent and infectious vigor. His voice, if possible, gets better with each year, and, certainly, it grows younger. The (and anything else that he sings) gains new dimension when being rendered by Jimmy Rushing. Rushing was a powerful singer who had a range from baritone to tenor. He could project his voice so that it soared over the horn and reed sections in a big-band setting. Basie claimed that Rushing "never had an equal" as a blues vocalist, though Rushing "really thought of himself as a ballad singer." George Frazier, author of Harvard Blues, called Rushing's distinctive voice "a magnificent gargle". Dave Brubeck defined Rushing's status among blues singers as "the daddy of them all." Late in his life Rushing said of his singing style, "I don't know what kind of blues singer you'd call me. I just sing 'em"
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Rimsky-Korsakov – Antar / Ippolitov-Ivanov – Caucasian Sketches Op. 10
This legend on the whole is incorporated in the opening movement; the other three depict each of the three joys. As Hector Berlioz did in his Symphonie fantastique, Rimsky-Korsakov employs an idée fixe or motto theme in various guises through all four movements to depict Antar. This theme is played by the violas in the introduction to the opening movement. Later in the same movement, flutes and horns play another important theme, this time depicting the queen.