Giants of Jazz: Jazz Singers

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Savoy's Jazz Singers entry in their Giants of Jazz series boasts a lineup that includes some of the brightest stars in the vocal jazz firmament. Drawing from the labels Savoy currently owns the rights to Savoy, Denon, and Muse, the collection features some "Giants of Jazz" at their best and some at times when they were perhaps not at their best. On the bright side are Billy Eckstine's amazing "I Love the Rhythm in a Riff, " Jackie Cain and Roy Kral's silky and urbane version of "Deed I Do," Jon Hendricks' fun and inventive take on "Freddie Freeloader" featuring Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, and George Benson, Eddie Jefferson's wild "The Birdland Story," and Johnny Hartman's ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Savoy's Jazz Singers entry in their Giants of Jazz series boasts a lineup that includes some of the brightest stars in the vocal jazz firmament. Drawing from the labels Savoy currently owns the rights to Savoy, Denon, and Muse, the collection features some "Giants of Jazz" at their best and some at times when they were perhaps not at their best. On the bright side are Billy Eckstine's amazing "I Love the Rhythm in a Riff, " Jackie Cain and Roy Kral's silky and urbane version of "Deed I Do," Jon Hendricks' fun and inventive take on "Freddie Freeloader" featuring Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, and George Benson, Eddie Jefferson's wild "The Birdland Story," and Johnny Hartman's effortlessly cool "Just Me, Just You." On the not so bright side are Sarah Vaughan's "I'll Wait and Pray," which is not one of her strongest performances and the sound quality is of bootleg nature, Jimmy Rushing's tedious "Jimmy's Round the Clock, " Mark Murphy's pretentious take on "Parker's Mood" from 1981, and Carmen McRae's "Billie's Blues," on which she barely even sings. They could have picked a song from her Denon record Any Old Time that gives a better idea of how wonderful she is. The disc is a decent sampler of what Savoy has to offer, but a more judicious selection process would have made it a more pleasurable listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041728722
  • Catalog Number: 17287

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love the Rhythm in a Riff (2:52)
  2. 2 I'll Wait and Pray (2:45)
  3. 3 Jimmy's Round the Clock (3:11)
  4. 4 'Deed I Do - Roy Kral (2:44)
  5. 5 Just You, Just Me (2:46)
  6. 6 What's This? - Buddy Stewart (1:36)
  7. 7 Freddie Freeloader - Jon Hendricks (9:07)
  8. 8 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2:15)
  9. 9 The Birdland Story (2:50)
  10. 10 Billie's Blues (5:13)
  11. 11 Parker's Mood - Mark Murphy (4:28)
  12. 12 Stardust (4:24)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Billy Eckstine Composer
Eddie Jefferson Composer
Dave Lambert Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Gerald Valentine Composer
George Treadwell Composer
Jerry Valentine Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
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