Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story [CD/DVD]

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Barnes & Noble - Gary Giddins
His nephew, Billy Crystal, produced this anthology of 26 milestones from the record producer's long and varied, albeit heavily jazz influenced, career, ranging from Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Bing Crosby to the Weavers, Bill Haley, and Wayne Newton. The purview is unbalanced-only five Commodores and 21 Deccas-but it's rare to find a compilation that crosses borders as confidently as this; you may not like it all (I can accept Newton easier than the Four Aces), but the diversity is compelling. My nomination for peak moment: Lester Young's tenor saxophone solo on "Them There Eyes."
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gary Giddins
His nephew, Billy Crystal, produced this anthology of 26 milestones from the record producer's long and varied, albeit heavily jazz influenced, career, ranging from Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Bing Crosby to the Weavers, Bill Haley, and Wayne Newton. The purview is unbalanced-only five Commodores and 21 Deccas-but it's rare to find a compilation that crosses borders as confidently as this; you may not like it all (I can accept Newton easier than the Four Aces), but the diversity is compelling. My nomination for peak moment: Lester Young's tenor saxophone solo on "Them There Eyes."
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
At first glance, a CD of jazz tracks handpicked by comedian/actor Billy Crystal may seem an odd bird. However, given that Crystal's uncle, Commodore Records founder Milt Gabler, produced most of the cuts included here, it actually makes more sense than many similar-themed albums with tracks picked by musicians. Thanks to the family connection, Crystal grew up surrounded by famous jazz musicians and developed a life long passion for the music. Included here are such iconic tracks as Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home," Louis Jordan's "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie," and others. While many of these tracks are available on other compilations, given the importance of Gabler to the developement and documentation of jazz, Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story works as a heartfelt and swinging tribute to a man and the music he loved. [The CD/DVD edition of Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story includes a bonus DVD of material on Gabler.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 075021035522
  • Catalog Number: 000391100
  • Sales rank: 269,067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Is Just Around the Corner - Eddie Condon (3:04)
  2. 2 Them There Eyes (3:00)
  3. 3 Strange Fruit (3:12)
  4. 4 Fine and Mellow - Billie Holiday (3:17)
  5. 5 That's a Plenty - Wild Bill Davison (4:17)
  6. 6 Flying Home - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:10)
  7. 7 You'll Never Know - The Song Spinners (2:45)
  8. 8 Lover Man - Billie Holiday (3:17)
  9. 9 Rum and Coca-Cola (3:10)
  10. 10 MacNamara's Band - Jesters (2:42)
  11. 11 Choo Choo CH' Boogie - Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 (2:43)
  12. 12 Oh, Lady Be Good - Ella Fitzgerald (3:08)
  13. 13 How High the Moon - Ella Fitzgerald (3:15)
  14. 14 Blueberry Hill - Louis Armstrong (2:53)
  15. 15 Goodnight Irene - The Weavers (3:21)
  16. 16 Dream a Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong (3:06)
  17. 17 Lover - Peggy Lee (3:21)
  18. 18 The Glow-Worm (2:41)
  19. 19 It Takes Two to Tango (2:58)
  20. 20 Little Things Mean a Lot (3:00)
  21. 21 Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces (3:01)
  22. 22 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley (2:10)
  23. 23 Hey There (2:48)
  24. 24 You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (2:41)
  25. 25 Danke Schöen (2:35)
  26. 26 L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Milt Gabler Story
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Seeger Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Pearl Bailey Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Peggy Lee Vocals
Wayne Newton Vocals
Bill Haley Guitar, Vocals
George Barnes Guitar
Will Bradley Trombone
Milt Buckner Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Eddie Condon Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Bud Freeman Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Al Grey Trombone
Bobby Hackett Cornet
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Louis Jordan Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone
Lester Young Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby Guitar
Eddie Barefield Tenor Saxophone
Joe Bushkin Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Bobby Byrne Trombone
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Bob Haggart Bass
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Carl Kress Guitar
Bernie Leighton Piano
Matty Matlock Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Hal McIntyre Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Sy Oliver Conductor
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Ernie Royal Trumpet
George Wettling Drums
Wild Bill Davis Piano
Stan Freeman Piano
Don Redman Conductor
Dick Haymes Vocals
Maxene Andrews Vocals
Al Alberts Vocals
Wild Bill Davison Trumpet
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Patty Andrews Vocals
Ralph Carmichael Conductor
Kitty Kallen Vocals
Walter Page Bass
George Duvivier Bass
Jack McVea Baritone Saxophone
Vernon Alley Bass
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Everett Barksdale Guitar
Ernie Bernhardt Trumpet
Billie Holiday Vocals
Larry Binyon Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Blowers Drums
Dave Bowman Piano
Ray Brown Bass
George Brunies Trombone
Eddie Byrd Drums
Ernie Caceres Baritone Saxophone
Toots Camarata Conductor
Russ Case Trumpet
Bob Casey Bass
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals
Sonny Craven Trombone
Cutty Cutshall Trombone
Sammy Davis Jr. Vocals
Frank DeVito Drums
Eddie Dougherty Drums
Art Drelinger Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Durham Electric Guitar
Morey Feld Drums
Ronnie Gilbert Vocals
Leonard Graham Trumpet
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Joe Harris Drums
Lee Hays Guitar, Vocals
Fred Hellerman Guitar, Vocals
Carl Hogan Guitar
Aaron Izenhall Trumpet
Josh Jackson Tenor Saxophone
Dick Jacobs Alto Saxophone
Manny Klein Trumpet
Jack Lesberg Bass
Frank Ludwig Tenor Saxophone
Dave Mahoney Vocals
Donald Mills Vocals
Harry Mills Vocals
Herbert Mills Vocals
Danny Perri Guitar
Ray Perry Violin, Alto Saxophone
Jack Pleis Conductor
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Art Ryerson Guitar
Gene Schroeder Piano
Artie Shapiro Bass
Jesse "Po" Simpkins Bass
Jess Stacy Piano
Jack Trainor Trumpet
Vic Schoen Conductor
Paul Webster Trumpet
Sonny White Piano
Milt Yaner Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Paul Ricci Tenor Saxophone
Danny Cedrone Guitar
Joey d'Ambrosio Tenor Saxophone
Don Eisaman Trumpet
Johnny Grande Piano
Billy Gussack Drums
Kenneth Hollon Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Lytle Bass
Thomas Parshley Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Williamson Steel Guitar
Andrew Ferretti Trumpet
Lee Young Drums
Jack Greenberg Saxophone
Bob Peck Trumpet
Carl Poole Trumpet
Jack Satterfield Trombone
LaVerne Andrews Vocals
Eddie Martin Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Phillips Piano
Lou Silvestri Vocals
Harry Jaeger Drums
Walt Stuart Trumpet
Fred Beckett Trombone
Jimmy McLin Guitar
Ermet Perry Trumpet
Haig Stephens Bass
Stanley Payne Tenor Saxophone
Jack Cressey Alto Saxophone
Bill Holcombe Tenor Saxophone
Sod Vaccaro Vocals
Harry Sloan Trombone
Art Drellinger Saxophone
John Hayes Tenor Saxophone
Roberta Sherwood Vocals
John H.R. Mills Vocals
John Richard Lewis Piano
Johnny Williams & His Orchestra Bass
Jack Rice Trombone
Freddie Ohms Trombone
George Harris Baritone Saxophone
Harry Crisp Piano, Celeste
Eddie Hutchinson Trumpet
Harvey Nevins Alto Saxophone
Lou Skeen Trombone
John Twaddle Trumpet
Larry Valentine Trombone
Hymie Shertzer Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Billy Crystal Liner Notes
Lead Belly Composer
George Gershwin Composer
The Jesters Vocal Group
Benny Goodman Composer
Lionel Hampton Arranger, Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Russ Morgan Composer
Hal McIntyre Arranger
Sy Oliver Arranger
Wild Bill Davis Arranger
Don Redman Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Denver Darling Composer
Ralph Carmichael Arranger
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Fabian André Composer
Paul Baron Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Toots Camarata Arranger
Jimmy DeKnight Composer
Milt Gabler Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Charles Peterson Cover Photo
Jack Pleis Arranger
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Kurt Schwabach Composer
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Morey Amsterdam Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Guy Bonham Composer
Wamp Carlson Composer
Vaughn Horton Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Jeri Sullivan Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Doris Tauber Composer
William Tracey Composer
Dwight Latham Composer
Paul Lincke Composer
Edith Lindeman Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Lilla C Robinson Composer
Carl Stutz Composer
James Cavanaugh Composer
Max Freedman Composer
Lewis Gensler Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
L. Allen Composer
Bryan Koniarz Compilation Supervisor
Seth Foster Mastering
Jimmy Davis Composer
The Song Spinners Vocal Group
Hee Jeong Lee Cover Design
John J. Stamford Composer
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