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Lightly and Politely

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Released  1961
Artist  Betty Roché
Label  Prestige Records
Length  35:14
Release date  1961
Genre  Jazz
Recorded  January 24, 1961 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Jazz albums  Ellington Uptown, The Golden Age of Ap, Loved Ones, Ballads by Cobb, Bahamut

Lightly and Politely is a 1960 album by the American jazz singer Betty Roché. This was the last album that Roché recorded.



Scott Yanow reviewed the album for AllMusic and wrote that Roché "It is ironic that what is arguably singer Betty Roché's finest all-around recording was also her last". Yanow wrote that "Roché improvises constantly and uplifts a variety of superior standards...It's recommended, particularly to jazz fans not aware of Betty Roché's musical talents".

Track listing

  1. "Someone to Watch Over Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 4:46
  2. "Why Shouldn't I?" (Cole Porter) – 3:28
  3. "Jim" (Caesar Petrillo, Edward Ross, Nelson Shawn) – 4:33
  4. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 3:52
  5. "For All We Know" (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis) – 2:41
  6. "Rocks in My Bed" (Duke Ellington) – 4:11
  7. "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)" (Ellington, Lee Gaines, Fats Waller, Clarence Williams) – 2:40
  8. "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" (Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:42
  9. "Maybe You'll Be There" (Rube Bloom, Sammy Gallop) – 3:37
  10. "I Had the Craziest Dream" (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren) – 2:12


  • Betty Roché – vocals
  • Jimmy Neely – piano
  • Wally Richardson – guitar
  • Michel Mulia – double bass
  • Rudy Lawless – drums
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
  • Joe Goldberg – liner notes
  • Phil DeLancie – digital remastering
  • Songs

    1Someone to Watch Over Me4:46
    2Why Shouldn't I?3:28


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