Great Jazz Vocalists Sing the Gershwin Songbook

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In the pantheon of jazz singers, the great tunes of George and Ira Gershwin have always been favorites. Special vocalists can make these compositions their own, elevating each number by the way they phrase, emote, or interpret without reinterpreting. That innate ability to take a well-worn standard and invigorate it is well documented within these 16 tracks. Easily among the highlights are Nat King Cole's "Embraceable You," Carmen McRae's "The Man I Love," Dakota Staton's "A Foggy Day," Johnny Hartman's "How Long Has This Been Going On?," Nina Simone's forever classic "Summertime," the lesser-known "Love Walked In" by Abbey Lincoln, and Mel Tormé's fun and funny "Do ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In the pantheon of jazz singers, the great tunes of George and Ira Gershwin have always been favorites. Special vocalists can make these compositions their own, elevating each number by the way they phrase, emote, or interpret without reinterpreting. That innate ability to take a well-worn standard and invigorate it is well documented within these 16 tracks. Easily among the highlights are Nat King Cole's "Embraceable You," Carmen McRae's "The Man I Love," Dakota Staton's "A Foggy Day," Johnny Hartman's "How Long Has This Been Going On?," Nina Simone's forever classic "Summertime," the lesser-known "Love Walked In" by Abbey Lincoln, and Mel Tormé's fun and funny "Do Do Do." You also get two tracks from Sarah Vaughan, who had a singular command of Gershwin like nobody else. This is a solid collection of vocal magic from top to bottom, and can be recommended to all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1992
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 077778050629
  • Catalog Number: 80506
  • Sales rank: 213,707

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lalo Schifrin Conductor
June Christy Track Performer
Peggy Lee Vocals, Track Performer
Nina Simone Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Nancy Wilson Track Performer
Chet Baker Track Performer
Bob Cooper Conductor, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Russ Freeman Piano
Jim Hall Guitar
Bill Holman Conductor
Hank Jones Piano
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Mel Lewis Drums
Joe Pass Guitar
Annie Ross Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone
Dakota Staton Track Performer
Mel Tormé Track Performer
Gerald Wilson Conductor
Jack Wilson Piano
David Allyn Track Performer
Dave Barbour Guitar
Beverly Kenney Track Performer
Don Lamond Bongos
Abbey Lincoln Track Performer
Monty Budwig Bass
Red Callender Tuba
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
John Collins Guitar
Don Costa Conductor
Kenny Dennis Drums
Johnny Hartman Track Performer
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Ed Leddy Trumpet
Carmen McRae Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Neal Drums
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Sarah Vaughan Track Performer
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Carson Smith Bass
Todd Sommer Bongos
Jimmy Bond Bass
Rudy Traylor Conductor
Charlie Harris Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Lalo Schifrin Arranger
Bob Cooper Arranger
Bill Holman Arranger
Gerald Wilson String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Ralph Burns Arranger, Director
Richard Bock Producer
Sonny Burke Contributor
Don Costa Arranger
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Teddy Reig Producer
Tom Morgan Producer
Lee Gillette Producer
Benny Carter & His Orchestra Contributor
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