Penny Goodwin – Portrait Of A Gemini

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Penny Goodwin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin singing in church with Al Jarreau, doing weddings, talent competitions and bar mitzvahs. When she left school she started singing in popular mob run clubs such as Alfie’s, Sardino’s, and King’s Four graduating to clubs in Chicago and Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. Despite her huge talent only this one studio LP exists, a mix of covers by Marvin Gaye, Gill Scott Heron plus original songs by herself and manager Sy Lefco. The LP also featuring strings by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz guitar legend Phil Upchurch. One of the great american jazz vocal LP’s by Milwaukee’s unsung queen of jazz.

Track listing:

A1 – 0:00 – Today Is The First Day [Written by Sy Lefco]
A2 – 3:58 – Trade Winds [Written by R. MacDonald, W. Salter]
A3 – 9:13 – Rain Sometimes [Written by A. Hamilton]
A4 – 14:36 – Lady Day & John Coltrane [Written by Gil Scott Heron]
A5 – 18:25 – That’s All Right With Me [Written by (uncredited) Mayfield Small]
A6 – 22:20 – He’s Come Back [Written by Sy Lefco]
B1 – 24:56 – Too Soon You’re Old [Written by Penny Goodwin, Sy Lefco]
B2 – 30:13 – Slow Hot Wind [Written by Mancini, Gimbel]
B3 – 35:00 – What’s Goin On [Written by A. Cleveland, M. Gaye, R. Benson]
B4 – 40:43 – Amazing Grace [Written by (uncredited) Traditional]


Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – Richard Evans
Bass – James Johnson (tracks: A2 to A5, B2 to B4), Richard Evans (tracks A1, A6, B1)
Congas – Alan Love (tracks A1 to A5, B1 to B4)
Drums – Morris Jennings (tracks A1, A6, B1), Robert Nelson (tracks A2 to A5, B2 to B4)
Electric Piano – Ray Tabs (tracks A1 to A5, B1 to B4)
Flute – Cleo Goodwin (tracks A2 to A5, B2 to B4), Don Myrick (tracks A1, B1)
Guitar – Phil Upchurch (tracks A1, A6, B1)
Organ – Ray Tabs (tracks A1, A6, B1)
Piano – Ray Tabs (tracks A2 to A5, B2 to B4)
Saxophone – Don Myrick (tracks A1, B1)
Strings – Bruce Hayden (tracks A1, B1), Emil Mitterman (tracks A1, B1), Everett Mirsky (tracks A1, B1), Harold Kupper (tracks A1, B1), Roger Malitz (tracks A1, B1), Sol Bobrov (tracks A1, B1)
Trumpet – Arthur Hoyle (tracks A1, B1)


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