Chiaroscuro Songbook, Vol. 1

Chiaroscuro Songbook, Vol. 1

     
 
One of the things that rock, R&B, blues, and pop fans often find peculiar about jazz is the fact that it is dominated by instrumentalists; to be sure, vocalists are the majority, not the minority, in most popular musical genres. Over the years, instrumentalists have been the primary focus of Chiaroscuro Records, a fine jazz label that has put out a lot of swing and

Overview

One of the things that rock, R&B, blues, and pop fans often find peculiar about jazz is the fact that it is dominated by instrumentalists; to be sure, vocalists are the majority, not the minority, in most popular musical genres. Over the years, instrumentalists have been the primary focus of Chiaroscuro Records, a fine jazz label that has put out a lot of swing and Dixieland as well as bop. When Chiaroscuro occasionally recorded vocals, the recordings were generally by instrumentalists who sang on the side or by singers who were guests of an instrumentalist. Spanning 1964-1992, this good-to-excellent collection turns its attention to some of those vocals, most of them swing or Dixieland. The CD's highlights range from Woody Herman's Louis Armstrong-ish take on "The Shiek of Araby" and a blues medley by Jimmy Rushing to Maxine Sullivan's thoughtful version of "One Hundred Years From Today." A 1989 performance of "Four or Five Times" gives listeners a rare chance to hear Joe Williams in a Dixieland setting, while "Good Time Charlie" (recorded in 1990) is an entertaining example of late-period Cab Calloway (who died in 1994). These recordings aren't among the artists' definitive work, but even so, this is a collection that fans of pre-bebop jazz singing will appreciate.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Chiaroscuro Records
UPC:
0091454021826
catalogNumber:
218
Rank:
239163

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Howard Alden   Guitar
Ruby Braff   Cornet
John Bunch   Piano
Cab Calloway   Track Performer
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Eddie Condon   Guitar
Kenny Davern   Clarinet
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Grey   Trombone
Jake Hanna   Drums
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Earl Hines   Piano
Dave McKenna   Piano
Jay McShann   Piano
Flip Phillips   Clarinet
Jimmy Rushing   Track Performer
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Norman Simmons   Piano
Maxine Sullivan   Track Performer
Ralph Sutton   Piano
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Venuti   Track Performer
Bob Wilber   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Joe Williams   Track Performer
Eddie Barefield   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dick Cary   Piano
Marty Grosz   Guitar
Bob Haggart   Bass
Red Richards   Piano
Derek Smith   Piano
Dick Wellstood   Piano
Lillette Jenkins   Track Performer
Ben Riley   Drums
Herman Autrey   Trumpet
Tommy Benford   Drums
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Arthur "Babe"Clarke   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Gus Johnson   Drums
Dill Jones   Piano
Gerryck King   Drums
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Bobby Rosengarden   Drums
Ron Traxler   Strings,Drums
Jackie Williams   Drums
Wayne Wright   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lil Armstrong   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Jack Reynolds   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Paul Bacon   Cover Design
Byron Gay   Composer
Marco H. Hellman   Composer

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