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In the Spotlight: Sam Cooke – Night Beat

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

NightBeat

by Roger

I’m hardly going out on a limb when I say that Sam Cooke is one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. The funny thing is though, his LPs that are greatest hits collections never match the brilliance of his oeuvre, with the exceptions being his live album from the Harlem Square Club and this album. Night Beat features Sam’s iconically souful voice, singing mostly downtempo, bluesy material backed by a stripped-down ensemble featuring Rene Hall, Cliff White, Barney Kessell, Hal Blaine and Billy Preston. Highly recommended!

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