Saturday, June 02, 2012

Count Basie and Jackie Wilson cover Jerry Butler's "For Your Precious Love".


A little over a year ago, I posted a clip of Count Basie and Jackie Wilson, great jazz and R&B artists, respectively, doing the Stevie Wonder Motown classic "Uptight". Unfortunately, that video clip is no longer available, but I was glad to find the clip above, evidently from the same recording series, of Jackie and the Count covering what, in my opinion, is one of the best R&B ballads ever, "For Your Precious Love".
  Here's the original, by Jerry "The Ice Man" Butler. Much as I'm a fan of both Basie and Wilson, I still prefer Butler's understated yet emotionally intense delivery of this song, with its subtle accompaniment:  guitar, bass, very quiet snare, and soft harmony vocals. Still it's good to have both. What do you think?