Helen Carr – Why Do I Love You? Her Complete Bethlehem Sessions (2021)

Helen Carr - Why Do I Love You? Her Complete Bethlehem Sessions (2021)
Artist: Helen Carr
Album: Why Do I Love You? Her Complete Bethlehem Sessions
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Year Of Release: 2021
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

01. Not Mine
02. I Don’t Want to Cry Anymore
03. Tulip or Turnip
04. Memory of the Rain
05. Down in the Depths of the 90th Floor
06. You’re Driving Me Crazy
07. I’m Glad There Is You
08. Moments Like This
09. They Say
10. Do You Know Why?
11. Be Careful, It’s My Heart
12. My Kind of Trouble Is You
13. Lonely Street
14. Symphony
15. You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me
16. Bye Bye Baby
17. Then You’ve Never Been Blue
18. Summer Night
19. Got a Date with an Angel
20. Why Do I Love You?
21. Do I Worry?
22. I’ve Got a Feelin’ You’re Foolin’
23. It’s Beautiful
24. Love Is a Serious Business
25. Say It Isn’t So
26. Everything Happens to Me


Helen Carr (1922-1960) was one of those singers with an innate jazz feeling, sensitive phrasing, and a warm, unaffected sound, which she skillfully used to stamp her personality at any beat and fill each performance with an inescapable atmosphere.

She spent the late Forties working with the Chuck Foster and Buddy Morrow orchestras, and finally made her first major mark on the business in 1950, as the blonde singer in Charlie Barnet’s orchestra. Subsequently, she sang with the aggregations of Georgie Auld and Stan Kenton, and in between she sat in with Charlie Parker and Chet Baker at the Tiffany Club.

In 1954 Helen, gave up the band business to try her luck as a single. She appeared at the Crescendo club and elsewhere in Los Angeles, where she gained some traction, and Red Clyde, the West Coast producer for Bethlehem Records, signed Helen to the label. Her contract resulted in two excellent albums under her own name, as well as two songs she recorded as a guest singer in a Max Bennett date, with all sessions taking place in 1955.

Even though she died at a young age and remained largely unknown outside of the West Coast, Helen Carr left an undeniable mark as a jazz vocalist. Her recordings are few but sufficient to provide an eloquent example of how she understood a song and was able to communicate its essence to the listener.

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