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Patty Waters

PATTY WATERS must be acknowledged as a vocalist who has tested the limits of the human voice's capabilities. Since her brief recording career in the mid-'6O's, she has come to be appreciated as a vocal innovator not just in jazz but in contemporary music as a whole. Much of her repertoire was given over to hushed piano solo ballads in which her voice could fade to a whisper that was barely audible, but what really attracted attention were her avant-garde outings in which she stretched and mutated her voice with contorted shrieks and wails that could be downright blood-curdling. She was heard in a nightclub in the early '6O's by Albert Ayler, who recommended her to the ESP label; the first side of her 1965 debut recording (”Sings”) was given over entirely to self-composed solo piano miniatures, leaving listeners somewhat unprepared for the second side, which consisted solely of her 13-minute interpretation of “Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair.” Building into hair-raising screams and vocal improvisations, it remains the performance for which she is most noted

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Albums

Sings
Sings
ESP Disk
2009
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[no cover]
Happiness Is A Thing...
Jazz Focus
2005
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[no cover]
The Complete...
Jazz Focus
2005
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You Thrill Me: A Musical Odyssey 1960-1979
You Thrill Me: A...
Water
2005
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[no cover]
Love Songs
Jazz Focus
1996
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[no cover]
College Tour
Jazz Focus
1966
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