Bill Carter’s Jazz Band presents: William Warfield – Something Within Me
Delmark DE 772 (2004)
Yes; this is the same singer/actor who appeared in the 1951 MGM musical “Show Boat” singing “Ol’ Man River” and recorded the definitive “Porgy and Bess” for RCA in 1963. Warfield is also best known for his world premieres of classic songs by Aaron Copeland in 1951 and 1953 with the composer at the piano. Warfield passed away in late 2002, after recording this album in late 2000 with Bill Carter’s Jazz Band. Known for his distinctive baritone and superb vocal clarity Warfield sings spirituals like “Every Time I Feel The Spirit” and “Amazing Grace”. The program is rounded out with instrumentals by Carter’s band.