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The late, great ESTHER PHILLIPS was one of the most distinctive vocalists in contemporary music, so accomplished in R&B, soul, blues and jazz that she defied easy categorization.
After her global success in the mid- 70swith a remake of What A Diff rence A Day Makes, Esther signed a four-album deal with Mercury Records, recording home to her primary musical influences, Dinah Washington Her Mercury debut ( You ve Come A Long Way Baby ) was produced by her then-musical director, Pee Wee Ellis (the famed former James Brown sideman) and featured a dazzling diversity of material, from the blues tune, You’ve Been A Good Ole Wagon to Van Morrison’s Into The Mystic and a disco remake of The Platters My Prayer, a previously unreleased 9:07 mix of which is being made available for the first time on the CD!Esther’s second Mercury LP ( All About Esther ) was produced by Wayne Henderson (of The Jazz Crusaders), featured a number of star players and includes a great cover of Odyssey’s Native New Yorker.
Notes by Soul Music.com founder David Nathan – who knew Esther well and interviewed her many times – include quotes from producers Ellis and Henderson.
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