Best of Love Songs

Best of Love Songs

by Jackie Ryan
     
 

An effective best-of CD isn't necessarily going to be the last word on an artist's contributions, but it should at least offer an appealing synopsis that makes one want to dig deeper. Best of Love Songs, which is Jackie Ryan's first best-of collection, accomplishes that; when this 67-minute CD is finished playing, the listener definitely wants to hear more fromSee more details below

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An effective best-of CD isn't necessarily going to be the last word on an artist's contributions, but it should at least offer an appealing synopsis that makes one want to dig deeper. Best of Love Songs, which is Jackie Ryan's first best-of collection, accomplishes that; when this 67-minute CD is finished playing, the listener definitely wants to hear more from her. Best of Love Songs' greatest flaw is its lack of liner notes. Although Ryan has a lot going for her, she isn't a major name in the jazz world (at least as of early 2010), and that is precisely why a Ryan best-of should have had comprehensive, informative liner notes. Sometimes, the jazz releases that lack liner notes are the ones that need them the most. But the absence of liner notes doesn't make these previously released recordings any less enjoyable. Listening to "Serenade in Blue" from Passion Flower, "Make It Last" from This Heart of Mine, or "The Very Thought of You" from You and the Night and the Music, it is obvious that Ryan is a skillful, expressive torch singer who has learned a lot from influences like Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, and Betty Carter (although Ryan isn't nearly as abstract as Carter). One of Ryan's major assets is her ability to express herself in languages other than English; Best of Love Songs underscores that point by giving listeners a chance to hear her performing in Spanish on Consuelo Velazquez's "Bésame Mucho" and Carlos Almaran's "Historia de un Amor," and in Portuguese on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Luiza." Best of Love Songs paints an attractive picture of Ryan, and it can be a pleasing, if imperfect, place to start exploring her work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
Label:
Openart
UPC:
0822154072524
catalogNumber:
7252

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Ryan   Primary Artist
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Red Holloway   Saxophone
Larry Vuckovich   Piano
Barry Zweig   Guitar
Eddie Marshall   Drums
Jeff Chambers   Bass
Omar Clay   Drums
Noel Jewkes   Saxophone
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Jon Mayer   Piano
Darek Oles   Bass
Carol Robbins   Harp
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
John Wiitala   Bass
Christoph Luty   Bass
Luis Romero   Percussion
Leonard Thompson   Piano
Tamir Hendelman   Piano
Allen Smith   Trumpet
Derek Oles   Bass
Larry Noonse   Guitar
Larry Vurkovich   Piano

Technical Credits

Dave Frishberg   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
John Ballard   Producer,Art Direction
Billie Holiday   Composer
Nat King Cole   Inspiration
Oliver di Cicco   Engineer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Christian Jones   Engineer
Jon Mayer   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ian Grant   Composer
Curtis Lewis   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Paxton   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Carlos Eleta Almarán   Composer
Jackie Ryan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Leonard Thompson   Arranger,Composer
Tamir Hendelman   Arranger
Lionel Rand   Composer
Liz Kinnon   Arranger
Larry Vurkovich   Arranger
John Mandel   Composer
David Bass   Composer

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