Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin

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Aretha’s debut album for Columbia, Aretha (1961) [tracks 1-12], also known as The Incomparable Aretha Franklin, paired her with the talents of pianist Ray Bryant, who also served as the musical director for the session. The date was produced by John Hammond, whose resumé at the time included work with Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday. At 18-years old, Franklin’s signature talents were already on display on tracks like “Maybe I’m a Fool” and “Today I Sing the Blues”. When Franklin reprise “Today I Sing the Blues” on her Atlantic recording Soul ’69 –in many ways a tribute to that initial session – it was clear that at this point she was a grown woman singing the song (“today my story’s a little different”). “We recorded her with five or six musicians,” remembered Hammond, “and although Aretha always insisted on having a rock drummer, she wanted only good, solid jazz players behind her.”

PERSONNEL:

ARETHA FRANKLIN, lead vocals On all tracks, plus:

1 & 4: Ray Bryant (piano on 4), Aretha Franklin (piano on 1), Bill Lee (bass), Belton “Sticks” Evans (drums). Produced by John Hammond. Arranged by J. LeslieMcFarland. Columbia Records studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York, November 17 (track 1) & December 19 (track 4), 1960.

2, 3, 7, 12: Tyree Glenn (trombone), Clifton “Skeeter” Best (guitar), Chauncey “Lord” Westbrook (guitar), Ray Bryant (piano), Bill Lee (bass), Osie Johnson (drums).Produced by John Hammond. Arranged by J. Leslie McFarland.Columbia Records studios, 207 East 30th Street, New York, August 1, 1960.

5 & 11: Al Sears (tenor saxophone), Quentin Jackson (trombone), Chauncey “Lord” Westbrook (guitar), Ray Bryant (piano), Bill Lee (bass), Belton “Sticks” Evans (drums).Produced by John Hammond. Arranged by J. Leslie McFarland. Columbia Records studios, 207 East 30th Street, New York, November 17, 1960.

6, 8 & 9: Al Sears (tenor saxophone), Chauncey “Lord” Westbrook (guitar), Aretha Franklin (piano on 8-9), Ray Bryant (piano on 6), Milt Hinton (bass), Belton “Sticks” Evans (drums). Produced by John Hammond. Arranged by J. Leslie McFarland. Columbia Records studios, 207 East 30th Street, New York, January 10, 1961.

10: Lucky Warren (tenor saxophone), Chauncey “Lord” Westbrook (guitar), Ray Bryant (piano), Bill Lee (bass), Belton “Sticks” Evans (drums). Produced by John Hammond.  Arranged by J. Leslie McFarland. Columbia Records studios, 207 East 30th Street, New York, December 19, 1960.

TRACKLIST:

01. Won’T Be Long
02. Over The Rainbow
03. Love Is The Only Thing
04. Sweet Lover
05. All Night Long
06. Who Needs You?
07. Right Now
08. Are You Sure?
09. Maybe I’M A Fool
10. It Ain’T Necessarily So
11. (Blue) By Myself
12. Today I Sing The Blues
13. Who Needs You? [Alt Tk]*
14. Precious Lord –Part 1*
15. Precious Lord –Part 2*
16. Never Grow Old*
17. You Grow Closer 2*
18. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody*
19. Operation Heartbreak*
20. It’S So Heartbreakin’*
21. Hard Times*

BONUS TRACKS*:
13: Same date and personnel as 6, 8 & 9.14-17: Aretha Franklin (also piano) with unidentified chorus. Arranged and conducted by J. B. Junior. Live at the New Bethel Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan, 1956.
18-19: C. Massey (saxophone), Robert Ascher (trombone), Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar),  Russ Savakus (bass), Aretha Franklin or Ernie Hayes (piano), Gary Chester (drums), Charles Libove, Bernard Eichenbaum, George Ockner, Harry Lookovsky, Harry Katzman (violin). Unidentifiedfemale backing vocals. Produced by John Hammond. Conducted and arranged by Richard Wess. Columbia Records studios, 799 Seventh Avenue, New York, August 16, 1961.
20-21: Stanley Webb, James Richardson, Toots Mondello, Romero Penque (saxophone), Bernie Privin, Joe Wilder, Bernie Glow, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green,  Robert Alexander, Morty Bowman (trombone),  Bucky Pizzarelli, Don Armone (guitar),Bill Lee (bass), Aretha Franklin or Mo Wechsler (piano), Teddy Somer (drums). Produced byJohn Hammond. Conducted and arranged by Richard Wess. Columbia Records studios, 799Seventh Avenue, New York, November 7, 1961.