(b. 5/13/11 - Homstead, PA d. 4/7/87 - New York, NY)
Title: Loch Lomand
|Title: Close As Pages in a Book
Personnel: Maxine Sullivan (vocals), Bob Wilber (leader, soprano sax & clarinet), Bernie Leighton (piano), George Duvivier (bass) and Gus Johnson (drums).
Comments: After a period off the music scene during which she worked as a nurse and raised her daugter, Maxine (who had not recorded a full album since 1956) really started her successful comeback with this strong effort. Originally made for Monmouth-Evergreen and later reissued on Audiophile, she performs remakes of "Loch Lomond" and "Gone With the Wind" and also sings ten high-quality swing-era tunes, including most memorably "As Long as I Live," "Darn That Dream" and "Close as Pages in a Book." At 58, Maxine (who was still in her musical prime) shows that she still had a long way to go.
|Title: Live at Vine Street
Personnel: Maxine Sullivan (vocals), Gerald Wiggins (piano), Herman Riley (tenor sax), Red Callender (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums).
Comments: Recorded just a year before her death, this live set mostly finds Maxine still in fine form. She includes seven Johnny Mercer lyrics among the dozen selections, mostly avoiding her usual songs. The best are "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby," "Jeepers Creepers" and "Cheatin' On Me."
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