Putumayo Presents: Jazz

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Putumayo is best known for putting out adventurous world music compilations, but occasionally, the company steps outside of world music, which is what happens with Putumayo Presents: Jazz. As its title indicates, this compilation is jazz-oriented; most of the recordings are bop or cool jazz (although there is some swing as well), and most are from the '50s (with some '60s, '70s, and '80s recordings included). This 2011 release has a lot going for it: excellent performances, attractive art work, fine digital remastering. But there are flaws as well. Putumayo fails to provide exact recording dates; the liner notes and credits give the years in which albums were recorded or...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Putumayo is best known for putting out adventurous world music compilations, but occasionally, the company steps outside of world music, which is what happens with Putumayo Presents: Jazz. As its title indicates, this compilation is jazz-oriented; most of the recordings are bop or cool jazz (although there is some swing as well), and most are from the '50s (with some '60s, '70s, and '80s recordings included). This 2011 release has a lot going for it: excellent performances, attractive art work, fine digital remastering. But there are flaws as well. Putumayo fails to provide exact recording dates; the liner notes and credits give the years in which albums were recorded or released, but exact recording dates (which are the norm with jazz compilations) are missing. And the liner notes reference a Nat King Cole interview from "the late 1960s," which would have been impossible because Cole died in 1965 (sadly, he was only 45). But all things considered, Putumayo Presents: Jazz is enjoyable, and fans of vocal jazz will be glad to know that vocal jazz dominates this 42-minute CD. Only three of the 12 selections are instrumentals: Hampton Hawes' "The Sermon," Zoot Sims' 1975 recording of George Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me," and Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans' 1961 performance of "Waltz for Debby." And Putumayo spotlights a variety of vocalists, ranging from Mose Allison on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and Billie Holiday on "Lover, Come Back to Me" to Blossom Dearie on "They Say It's Spring" and Nina Simone on her 1957 recording of Walter Donaldson's "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Of course, jazz has had its share of artists who were both singers and instrumentalists, and Putumayo also offers vocal recordings by singer/pianist Cole ("Deed I Do"), trumpeter/singer Chet Baker ("There Will Never Be Another You") and the seminal trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong ("I Was Doing Alright"). Imperfections and all, Putumayo Presents: Jazz is a pleasing example of what the label has to offer outside of the world music realm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248030920
  • Catalog Number: 309
  • Sales rank: 45,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone (3:38)
  2. 2 'Deed I Do - Nat King Cole Trio (2:16)
  3. 3 'Tain't No Use - Maxine Sullivan (3:46)
  4. 4 I Was Doing All Right - Louis Armstrong (3:22)
  5. 5 Someone To Watch Over Me - Zoot Sims (3:44)
  6. 6 There Will Never Be Another You - Chet Baker (2:59)
  7. 7 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Anita O'Day (3:24)
  8. 8 The Sermon - Hampton Hawes (3:42)
  9. 9 They Say It's Spring - Blossom Dearie (3:41)
  10. 10 Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Mose Allison (2:48)
  11. 11 Waltz for Debby - Cannonball Adderley (5:14)
  12. 12 Lover Come Back To Me - Billie Holiday (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Simone Piano, Vocals
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Mose Allison Piano, Vocals
Chet Baker Trumpet, Vocals
Louie Bellson Drums
Phil Bodner Alto Saxophone
Blossom Dearie Piano, Vocals
Herb Ellis Guitar
Bill Evans Piano
Russ Freeman Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Joe Newman Trumpet
Joe Pass Guitar
Oscar Peterson Piano
Maxine Sullivan Vocals
Dwight Dickerson Piano
Marty Grosz Guitar
Keith Ingham Piano
Al Klink Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Moore Electric Guitar
Grady Tate Drums
Anita O'Day Vocals
Connie Kay Drums
Percy Heath Bass
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Billie Holiday Vocals
Ray Brown Bass
Nat King Cole Piano, Vocals
Addison Farmer Bass
Phil Flanigan Bass
Hampton Hawes Piano
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Gus Johnson Drums
George Mraz Bass
Bob Neel Drums
Harvey Newmark Bass
Wesley Prince Bass
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone
Carson Smith Bass
Nick Stabulas Drums
Chuck Thompson Drums
Jackie Williams Drums
Glenn Zottola Trumpet
Jimmy Bond Bass
John Poole Drums
Paul Wuinchette Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Hampton Hawes Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Dan Storper Executive Producer, Song Selection
Nicola Heindl Illustrations, Cover Art
Bob Haymes Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Marty Clarke Composer
Joel Dinerstein Liner Notes
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