Andy Bey :: River Man (Nick Drake)

John Coltrane’s favorite vocalist, Andy Bey made his name  in the 60s and 70s honing his chops with the likes of Gary Bartz and Horace Silver. Tall company. Bey’s 1998 album, Shades of Bey, is comprised of interpretive covers including a dark reading of Nick Drake’s “River Man.” A baritone, the vocal nuance Bey injects into the Drake original smolders. A slow burn, in Bey’s hands “River Man” stays true to the original arrangement and instrumentation, yet implies a sort of seasoned gravitas.

MP3: Andy Bey :: River Man

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