Peggy Lee


‘Black Coffee’: Peggy Lee’s “Darker Exploration of Love”

Recorded across three sessions – held on 30 April, and 1 and 4 May 1953 – with [producer Milt] Gabler at the helm, Lee was accompanied by pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Max Wayne and drummer Ed Shaughnessy, plus a horn player, trumpeter Pete Candoli, who became a stalwart of the West Coast jazz scene. Sipping cognac sweetened with honey in between takes, Lee and her band recreated the intimate vibe of a jazz club performance, putting down eight tracks whose blend of languor and nocturnal reverie helped to cement Lee’s status as a torch-song goddess.

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