Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve

Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve

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In jazz, ballads have a way of separating the men from the boys and the women from the girls. They show what an improviser is made of emotionally. On ballads, technique for the sake of technique doesn't cut it -- you have to bring some genuine feeling and honest-to-God emotion to the table. And there is plenty of honest-to-God emotion on this four-CD, 57-track boxed… See more details below


In jazz, ballads have a way of separating the men from the boys and the women from the girls. They show what an improviser is made of emotionally. On ballads, technique for the sake of technique doesn't cut it -- you have to bring some genuine feeling and honest-to-God emotion to the table. And there is plenty of honest-to-God emotion on this four-CD, 57-track boxed set, which takes a long look at the ballad playing of artists who have recorded for Verve over the years. Spanning 1952-1996, A Jazz Romance: A Night in With Verve ranges from bop, swing, and cool jazz to post-bop, and the list of artists reads like a who's who of jazz. Verve turns the spotlight on trumpet greats (Clifford Brown, Chet Baker, Roy Eldridge) as well as tenor titans (Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz), alto masters (Cannonball Adderley, Johnny Hodges), and guitarists (Johnny Smith, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell). Much to its credit, Verve doesn't neglect vocalists; Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie, Abbey Lincoln, and Shirley Horn are among the singers it includes. However, there are a few glaring omissions. Verve doesn't provide anything by the seminal Charlie Parker, who recorded his famous Bird With Strings sessions of 1949 and 1950 for that label. And Helen Merrill (a superb singer) would have been a better choice than Patti Page, who is heard on a 1957 arrangement of "Detour Ahead." While Page was a talented example of a jazz-influenced pop singer, Merrill is more relevant to jazz. But all things considered, A Jazz Romance is a real pleasure to listen to -- and it is easily recommended to jazz lovers who have a large budget and a healthy appetite for ballads.

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Disc 1

  1. When I Fall in Love  - Ben Webster
  2. It Amazes Me  - Blossom Dearie
  3. For Heaven's Sake  - Bill Evans
  4. Where or When  - Clifford Brown
  5. I've Got a Crush on You  - Bill Henderson
  6. Only Trust Your Heart  - Astrud Gilberto
  7. Lost in the Stars  - Gerry Mulligan
  8. Last Night When We Were Young  - Astrud Gilberto
  9. Les Moulins de Mon Coeur  -  Michel Legrand
  10. My Man
  11. The Shadow of Your Smile  - Dexter Gordon
  12. If the Moon Turns Green
  13. I Didn't Know About You  - Johnny Hodges
  14. Shenandoah  - Johnny Smith

Disc 2

  1. If You Love Me
  2. La Chanson de Rue  - Stéphane Grappelli
  3. You Are Too Beautiful  - Cannonball Adderley
  4. Plus Je T'Embrasse  - Blossom Dearie
  5. Thanks for the Memory  - Stan Getz
  6. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life  - Cy Coleman
  7. My Ideal
  8. How Long Has This Been Going On?  - Roy Eldridge
  9. How Deep Is the Ocean?  - Ella Fitzgerald
  10. I Got Lost in Her Arms  - Billy Eckstine
  11. Stardust  - Illinois Jacquet
  12. Just for a Thrill  - Ray Brown
  13. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
  14. Alone Together  - Clint Baker
  15. It's the Talk of the Town

Disc 3

  1. Some Other Time
  2. The Very Thought of You  - J.J. Johnson
  3. Alfie  - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  4. Ne Me Quitte Pas
  5. Caruso
  6. Reach for Tomorrow  - Ella Fitzgerald
  7. Little Girl Blue
  8. Someone to Watch Over Me
  9. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over  - Cannonball Adderley
  10. Moonlight Becomes You
  11. Bill
  12. (I Don't Stand A) Ghost of a Chance
  13. Like Someone in Love  - Coleman Hawkins
  14. I Should Care

Disc 4

  1. I Walk a Little Faster  - Blossom Dearie
  2. The Nearness of You  - Stéphane Grappelli
  3. P.S. I Love You  - Billie Holiday
  4. It's Magic
  5. The Last Time I Saw Paris  - Johnny Hodges
  6. Volta
  7. Love Is Here to Stay  - Lester Young
  8. Stars Fell on Alabama  - Louis Armstrong
  9. It Never Entered My Mind
  10. Les Feuilles Mortes
  11. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning  - Ben Webster
  12. Detour Ahead
  13. Memories of You
  14. The Summer Knows  - Laurindo Almeida

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti Page   Vocals
Nina Simone   Track Performer
Richard X. Heyman   Conductor
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Chet Baker   Trombone
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Gary Burton   Vibes
Cy Coleman   Track Performer
Curtis Counce   Bass
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals
Billy Eckstine   Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Tal Farlow   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Astrud Gilberto   Vocals
Dexter Gordon   Tenor Saxophone
Chico Hamilton   Drums
Bill Henderson   Vocals
Buck Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Illinois Jacquet   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Morgana King   Track Performer
Michel Legrand   Vocals
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Gary Peacock   Bass
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Prysock   Track Performer
Buddy Rich   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Aldo Romano   Track Performer
George Shearing   Piano
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Dinah Washington   Vocals
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Whitfield   Guitar
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Lester Young   Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby   Guitar
Dave Bailey   Drums
Raymond Fol   Piano
Neal Hefti   Conductor
Pete Rugolo   Conductor
Grady Tate   Drums
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Elis Regina   Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Rodgers   Track Performer
Coleman Hawkins   Track Performer
Gene Ramey   Bass
Laura Fygi   Vocals
Abbey Lincoln   Vocals
Charles Ables   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Bartee   Drums
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Ray Brown   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Red Callender   Bass
Gene Cherico   Bass
Clark Terry   Flugelhorn
Malcolm Creese   Bass
Bill Crow   Bass
Diz Disley   Guitar
Donald Edwards   Drums
Gil Evans   Conductor
Harold Fisher   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Roland Guerin   Bass
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Rodney Kendrick   Piano
Frits Landesbergen   Vibes
Jerry Livingston   Track Performer
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Marcus McLaurine   Bass
Bert Meulendijk   Guitar
George Morrow   Bass
Paul Motian   Drums
Dale Oehler   Conductor
Benoit Quersin   Bass
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Marty Symes   Track Performer
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Bobby Tucker   Piano,Conductor
Jean-Louis Viale   Drums
Hans Vroomans   Piano
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Diana Krall   Track Performer
Joe Hunt   Drums
Gerry Wiggins   Organ
Richie Powell   Piano
Paul Coates   Track Performer
Clint Baker   Track Performer
Jim Pryor   Piano
Steve Williams   Drums
Jurre Haanstra   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Richard X. Heyman   Arranger
Cy Coleman   Composer
Herb Ellis   Composer
Stéphane Grappelli   Composer,Contributor
Michel Legrand   Composer
Neal Hefti   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Dale Oehler   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Bobby Tucker   Arranger
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Lou Carter   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
John Freigo   Composer
Ken Druker   Compilation Supervisor
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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