Once You’ve Been In Love by Marjorie Barnes was originally produced with twelve classic standards in the 1990s as a promotional piece to get gigs in Europe, it has since been made available to a wider audience. The vocalist was born and raised in New York City, has had starring roles on Broadway in Hair and Dreamgirls, sang with the Fifth Dimension for two years, and then made Europe her home – living in London, Paris, Vienna and Holland from 1978 to 2000. She moved back to the States working alongside Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, Billy Eckstine, Marcus Miller and Mel Lewis. In 2012 she returned to Europe making her home once again in Holland.

A rare find, temporarily unavailable on major purchase sites, however, there are a few available online from different sellers that can be snatched up.

Producer: Marjorie Barnes

Playing Time: 47.5 Minutes

Songs: Watch What Happens, Fascinating Rhythm, Once You’ve Been In Love, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, He’s My Guy, Isn’t It A Pity, I’ve Got The World On A String, The Beauty And The Beast, A Little Tear, I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me, No More Blues, Never Will I Marry

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This is My Beloved, recorded by Arthur Prysock, eight years before the author, Walter Benton, death in 1976. His recitation of the poems written in diary form are addressed to Lillian and is set to a beautifully scored background of jazz. The book was first published in 1943 and became one of the bet selling books of poetry, selling over 350,000 copies at that time. This landmark recording is a necessity for every collector who has ever wanted to understand love.

Record Label: Verve

Record Date: December 16,1968 / Los Angeles, California

Producer: Hy Weiss, Pete Spargo

Music Accompaniment Composer: Mort Garson

Liner Notes: Helen Hanff

Playing Time: 37 Minutes

Songs: I Need Your Love, Your Eyes, Your Words, Your Body Makes Eyes At Me, Come Love Me, I Was Very Tired And Lonely, You Did Not Come, I Stood Long Where You Left Me, Each Season, Every Year, Eleven Years, Remembering How We Could Be Warm Together, Sleeping…So Still, So Still, I Shall Wish For You

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Booker Little and Friends: At the time of Booker Little’s death in 1963, he was just 23 years old, he was already far more than a promising trumpet talent. This reissue of his landmark fourth and final session as a leader, “Victory And Sorrow”, showcases his compositions with trumpet voiced against a backdrop of tenor and trombone. It demonstrates Little’s interest in a mix of complex moods and advanced harmonies, use of multiple keys to create simultaneous joy and mourning, and rhythmic shifts, flaring runs, and surprising intervals.

Personnel: Booker Little – trumpet, Julian Priester – trombone, George Coleman – tenor saxophone, Donald Friedman – piano, Reggie Workman – bass, Pete LaRoca – drums

Record Date: Bethlehem / August 1961 – September 1961

Songs: Victory And Sorrow, Forward Flight, Looking Ahead, If I Should Lose You, Calling Softly, Booker’s Blues, Matilde, plus two previously unreleased takes – Matilde (Alt. Take 4), Matilde (Alt. Take 7)

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Maiden Voyage is a concept album aimed at creating an oceanic atmosphere. Many of the song titles refer to marine biology or the sea, and the musicians develop the concept through their use of space and almost tidal dynamics. Three of the albums tunes – Maiden Voyage, The Eye of the Hurricane and Dolphin Dance have become jazz standards. The album was presented with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.

Personnel: Herbie Hancock – piano, Ron Carter – bass, Tony Williams –drums, Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, George Coleman – tenor saxophone

Supervised by: Rudy Van Gelder

Record Date: Blue Note / May 17, 1969

Cover: The sailboat lends to the nautical theme of a first outing.

Songs: Maiden Voyage, The Eye Of The Hurricane, Little One, Survival Of The Fittest and Dolphin Dance

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We Insist! Freedom Now Suite: This classic piece of art stands at the intersection of politics and music. It was recorded at a time when the civil rights movement was starting to heat up and drummer Max Roach composed and performed the seven-part suite dealing with black history, particularly slavery and racism.

Driva’ Man has a powerful statement by veteran tenor Coleman Hawkins and there is valuable solo space elsewhere for trumpeter Booker Little and trombonist Julian Priester, but it is the overall performance of Abbey Lincoln that is most notable. Formerly a nightclub singer, Lincoln really came into her own under Roach’s tutelage and she is a strong force throughout this intense set. On Triptych: Prayer / Protest / Peace, Lincoln is heard in duets with the drummer and her wrenching screams of rage are quite memorable.

Personnel: Max Roach – drums, Coleman Hawkins – tenor saxophone, Booker Little – trumpet, Julian Priester – trombone, Walter Benton – tenor saxophone, James Schenk – bass, Olantunji / Ray Mantilla – percussion, Abbey Lincoln / Oscar Brown Jr. – vocal

Record Date: Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, New York / August 31, 1960 & September 6, 1960 / Candid Records

Producer: Nat Hentoff

Songs: Driva’man, Freedom Day, Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace, All Africa, Tears For Johannesburg

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