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The Artistry Of ... Arthur Prysock

Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:46

I had some aunties in my family who if you mentioned Billy Eckstine they’d be no good for moment of two.

The influence of Eckstine is strong in the voice of the late Arthur Prysock. There is an almost gentle slyness about it and I think my aunties would have admitted to some seductive qualities as they might’ve put it?

A line from his obituary in the New York Times fills this notion out: "…his heavy, deep voice projected a calm, reassuring virility." An emotive balladeer is another description of Prysock’s way with a song.

Imagine being described that way? The artistry is the way he crafted love within a song.

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