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Helen Humes – “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do

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Helen Humes had not recorded as a leader in seven years when she made the first of three albums for Contemporary. Humes, 45 at the time, was at the peak of her powers, although she never really made a bad record. Accompanied by Benny Carter (on trumpet), trombonist Frank Rosolino, tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards, pianist Andrew Previn, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and either Shelly Manne or Mel Lewis on drums, the singer is typically enthusiastic, exuberant, and highly appealing on such numbers as “You Can Depend on Me,” “When I Grow Too Old to Dream,” and “”Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do.” She even sings credible versions of “Bill Bailey” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on this easily recommended LP.

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Helen Humes radiated girlish innocence and womanly sensuality. Combined with her intonation, phrasing and perfect sense of time and tempo, this simultaneous expression of opposites put her work among the delights of jazz singing. In some of her famous blues records, she was capable of delivering the most explicitly suggestive lyrics with a wide-eyed sense of joy. But in this classic session, Helen turned her talents to interpretation of a dozen great standard songs in a studio jam session organized and led by Benny Carter. In addition to some of Carter’s best trumpet on record, the album has superior playing of Frank Rosolino and Teddy Edwards, and the inspirational rhythm section support of Andre Previn, Leroy Vinnegar, Shelly Manne and Mel Lewis.


1. You Can Depend On Me
2. Trouble In Mind
3. Among My Souvenirs
4. Ain’t Misbehavin’
5. Star Dust
6. Bill Bailey
1. When I Grow Too Old To Dream
2. A Good Man is Hard to Find
3. Bill
4. ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do
5. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm