Reissue: Penny Goodwin ‎– Portrait Of A Gemini

Penny Goodwin - Portrait Of A Gemini

Edinburgh based label Athens Of The North reissue Penny Goodwin’s 1974 album Portrait Of A Gemini. The Milwaukee singer grew up singing in church with Al Jarreau, performing at weddings, talent competitions, and bar mitzvahs. After leaving school, Goodwin started singing at famous mob run clubs such as Alfie’s, Sardino’s, and King’s Four before moving onto clubs in Chicago and Caesar’s Palace in Vegas. Despite her tremendous talent only this one studio LP exists, a mix of covers by Marvin Gaye, Gill Scott Heron plus original songs by herself and manager Sy Lefco. The 10-track album also features strings by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and jazz guitar legend Phil Upchurch. One of the great American jazz vocal LPs by Milwaukee’s unsung queen of jazz. Insanely good vocal jazz. Such a rare and beautiful album. Listen below.


1. Today Is The First Day
2. Trade Winds
3. Rain Sometimes
4. Lady Day & John Coltrane
5. That’s All Right With Me
6. He’s Come Back
7. Too Soon You’re Old
8. Slow Hot Wind
9. What’s Goin On
10. Amazing Grace



Penny Goodwin ‎– Portrait Of A Gemini is out now via Athens Of The North (buy)

CF Smith

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