Something Wonderful

Something Wonderful

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by Nancy Wilson
     
 

This fine album was sadly lost in the shuffle when it was released the same year as another Nancy Wilson album, The Swingin's Mutual!, her highly successful collaboration with the George Shearing Quintet. This is a shame, because Something Wonderful is one of Wilson's best albums and her tastiest with famed big-bandSee more details below

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This fine album was sadly lost in the shuffle when it was released the same year as another Nancy Wilson album, The Swingin's Mutual!, her highly successful collaboration with the George Shearing Quintet. This is a shame, because Something Wonderful is one of Wilson's best albums and her tastiest with famed big-band arranger Billy May. Only 23 years old at the time, Wilson had a commanding blues- and soul-drenched jazz voice that was fully formed at the time of this recording, and unlike so many young singers, she was already committed to communicating lyrics rather than showing off how great her voice was. This is beautifully illustrated in the narrative gem "Guess Who I Saw Today," which justly went on to become one of Wilson's signature tunes. For his part, May keeps the accent here on swinging jazz but avoids the heavy brass and wild percussion that he became famous for. Instead, he opts for a subtler sound. May even throws a couple of small-group jazz and blues numbers into the mix and allows some superb jazz musicians (including Ben Webster, the legendary tenor saxophonist) to shine in the solo spotlight. Out of print for decades, Something Wonderful remains one of Nancy Wilson's most jazz-oriented sessions, and it's a welcome addition to Wilson's CD catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724359707327
catalogNumber:
97073

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nancy Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Shelly Manne   Drums
Billy May   Conductor
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Justin Gordon   Flute
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Si Zentner   Trombone
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Milt Raskin   Piano,Celeste
Emil Richards   Vibes
George Roberts   Trombone
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Nancy Jo Wilson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cy Coleman   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Charles Trénet   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Hugh Davies   Engineer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Ron McMaster   Remixing,Mastering
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Tom Morgan   Producer
Aaron Walker   Composer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Patrick Roques   Reissue Design
Curtis Lewis   Composer
Murray Grand   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Albert Beach   Composer
Elisse Boyd   Composer
Hugh Davies   Engineer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer
Joseph McCarthy   Composer

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