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June Christy – Something Cool

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If you are one of the cats who bought this record in the 50’s the sound of Cisco’s new record will jar your senses. With all the benefits of state-of-the-art mastering and the improved pressing on silent “HQ 180” vinyl, the new Something Cool is truly something special!


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Although it was June Christy’s youthfully exuberant vocals that helped to make Stan Kenton’s 1945 juke box classic “Tampico” a swinging hit, it was her 1954 song about a lonely girl looking for a cool drink on a hot summer day that brought the name June Christy to the attention of jazz lovers. June didn’t exactly invent cool jazz, just as Elvis didn’t exactly invent rockabilly, but with a song perfectly crafted to her seductive and unique style, she will always be remembered for the song and the album with the same name. She wasn’t the first lady to sing a cool song, but she was the best!
Original Mono Recording

AllMusic Review by Richard Mortifoglio

June Christy’s Something Cool, originally released as a 10″ LP in 1954, single-handedly inaugurated the cool jazz vocal movement. Christy had been a star vocalist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the late ’40s, enjoying major hits with “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 immediately became Christy’s signature performance, and remained so throughout her career. Other highlights include a swinging “It Could Happen to You,” “Midnight Sun,” and an ambitious arrangement of Kurt Weill’s “Lonely House.”


1. Something Cool
2. It Could Happen To You
3. Lonely House
4. This Time The Dream’s On Me
5. The Night We Called It A Day
1. Midnight Sun
2. I’ll Take Romance
3. A Stranger Called The Blues
4. I Should Care
5. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
6. I’m Thrilled


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm