Something Cool [2001 Reissue]

Something Cool [2001 Reissue]

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by June Christy
     
 

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More than almost any other singer in the jazz and big band universe -- with the exceptions of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra -- June Christy's art was not about swinging (which she usually did) or scatting (which she rarely did) but about storytelling. Her whole focus was in conveying a narrative

Overview

More than almost any other singer in the jazz and big band universe -- with the exceptions of Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra -- June Christy's art was not about swinging (which she usually did) or scatting (which she rarely did) but about storytelling. Her whole focus was in conveying a narrative and making you believe it from start to finish, and she spent most of her tenure at Capitol Records in pursuit of ever more intriguing stories to tell and fresh contexts (usually supplied by her fellow former Kentonite, arranger Pete Rugolo) to tell them in. Billy Barnes's "Something Cool," which is to most pop songs what a Homerian epic is to a limerick, afforded her the widest and most expansive canvas. Not that she always took herself so seriously. SOMETHING COOL, her best-remembered album also includes any number of purely-fun uptempo numbers, like "This Time the Dream's on Me." The CD edition also includes a mess of bonus tracks from hitherto unreissued singles.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
June Christy's classic Something Cool has been expanded from 11 songs to 24 on this essential CD with two unreleased cuts and six songs only previously out as singles. Christy's attractive "cool" tone was a trademark of jazz in the 1950s, her version of "Something Cool" remains a classic, and many of the other numbers are nearly as memorable. Accompanied by Pete Rugolo's Orchestra, Christy is heard at her best on such numbers as "Whee Baby," "You're Making Me Crazy," "Midnight Sun," "A Stranger Called the Blues," "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," "This Time the Dream's on Me," and "The Night We Called It a Day." [Capitol Jazz's 2001 reissue boasted true 24-bit remastering and included both the full stereo and mono versions of the album, as well as extensive liner notes.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724353406929
catalogNumber:
34069
Rank:
9077

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

June Christy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Horn   Reeds
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Buddy Collette   Reeds
Bob Cooper   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Russ Freeman   Piano
Jimmy Giuffre   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Gordon   Baritone Saxophone
Herbie Harper   Trombone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Ted Nash   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Harry Babasin   Bass
Gus Bivona   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Joe Castro   Piano
John Graas   French Horn
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Pete Rugolo   Conductor
Claude Williamson   Piano
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Harry Betts   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Drums
Frank Carlson   Drums
Geoff Clarkson   Piano
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Nick Dimaio   Trombone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Harry Klee   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Dick Noel   Bass Trombone
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Dick Reynolds   Trombone
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
John Rotella   Baritone Saxophone
Willie Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
Phil Stephens   Tuba
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Fred Falensby   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Zito   Trumpet
Tommy Pederson   Trombone

Technical Credits

Mel Tormé   Composer
Pete Rugolo   Arranger
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Ron McMaster   Remixing

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