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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
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: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724359707327
  • Catalog Number: 97073

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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