Patty Waters/Patty Waters Sings (1965) *

An American jazz vocalist who is known for her free jazz recordings in the 1960s for the ESP-Disk label and had a huge influence on Yoko Ono and Diamanda Galás, Patty Waters's debut album (ESP-Disk). The first half consists of seven short dark, tranquil ballads featuring her whispery and smoky voices, influenced by Billie Holiday, with her piano accompaniment. The latter half is "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (about 14 minutes), which is her best known recording. It is an avant-garde cover of a traditional folk song and it is influenced by Albert Ayler's free jazz. It features her vocal improvisations including moans, whispers, and screams, and piano, piano harp, bass and percussion. A good dark avant-garde jazz album which is beautiful like contemporary music.

Patty Waters Sings