Peggy Lee – Black Coffee (Decca / Acoustic Sounds Series)
Black Coffee was Peggy Lee's album smash for Decca (she left Capitol in 1952 over creative, artistic differences) and it offered her an intimate stage with a small jazz combo, exchanging her usual jazz-pop style with a big band or orchestra. This smaller combination worked to perfection.
"Encouraged by longtime Decca A&R Milt Gabler, she hired a small group including trumpeter Pete Candoli and pianist Jimmy Rowles (two of her favorite sidemen) to record an after-hours jazz project similar in intent and execution to Lee Wiley's "Manhattan project" of 1950, Night in Manhattan. While the title-track opener of Black Coffee soon separated itself from the LP — to be taught forever after during the first period of any Torch Song 101 class — the album doesn't keep to its concept very long; Lee is soon enough in a bouncy mood for 'I've Got You Under My Skin' and very affectionate on 'Easy Living.' (If there's a concept at work here, it's the vagaries of love.) Listeners should look instead to 'It Ain't Necessarily So' or 'Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You?' for more examples of Lee's quintessentially slow-burn sultriness. Aside from occasionally straying off-concept, however, Black Coffee is an excellent record, spotlighting Lee's ability to shine with every type of group and in any context." — AllMusic
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A1 Black Coffee
A2 I'Ve Got You Under My Skin
A3 Easy Living
A4 My Heart Belongs To Daddy
A5 It Ain'T Necessarily So
A6 Gee Baby, Ain'T I Good To You
B1 A Woman Alone With The Blues
B2 I Didn'T Know What Time It Was
B3 (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young
B4 Love Me Or Leave Me
B5 You'Re My Thrill
B6 There'S A Small Hotel