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Tell It Like It Is!


Download links and information about Tell It Like It Is! by Oscar Brown Jr.. This album was released in 1963 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 32:51 minutes.

Artist: Oscar Brown Jr.
Release date: 1963
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Tracks: 11
Duration: 32:51
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No. Title Length
1. Sing Hallelujah 2:30
2. One Foot in the Gutter 2:23
3. So Help Me (A Little 3/4 for God and Co.) 2:56
4. Man, Ernest Boy 2:30
5. The Tree and Me 3:07
6. Jeannine 3:03
7. The Snake 2:40
8. A Young Girl 3:44
9. All Blues 4:05
10. If I Only Had 3:17
11. Tall Like Pine 2:36



The brilliant Oscar Brown, Jr. was still riding high in the early civil rights era — endorsed by Eleanor Roosevelt, no less — when he cut his fourth Columbia album. Although this one is not as flashy and sassy as the earlier Sin and Soul and Between Heaven and Hell, it would still make an impact, contributing some memorable numbers to the jazz vocal canon. Duke Pearson's "Jeannine" is retrofitted with an OBJ lyric about a golddigger that made it a standard. We also hear the first appearance of the sly fable "The Snake" (later an Al Wilson hit) in a bossa nova treatment, and Brown has the cheek to graft some impressionistic words onto Miles Davis' "All Blues." From the musical Kicks and Co. comes "Man, Ernest Boy," a wry, even encouraging look at the black nouveau riche as done in a hip recitation; the only non-Brown number is folkie Mike Settle's then-popular, gospel-like "Sing Hallelujah." This is a must-find from Oscar Brown's most fertile period, and not too hard to locate secondhand. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi