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Talkin' Verve: With a Twist
     

Talkin' Verve: With a Twist

 
The Talkin' Verve series, until this point ostensibly an investigation into the roots of acid-jazz (aka another way to exploit the back catalog), took on a really strange twist with this melange of mid-century bachelor pad jazz and whatnot. Presumably aimed at the lounge music fad of the 1990s, this package bundles together jazzers like Stan Getz,

Overview

The Talkin' Verve series, until this point ostensibly an investigation into the roots of acid-jazz (aka another way to exploit the back catalog), took on a really strange twist with this melange of mid-century bachelor pad jazz and whatnot. Presumably aimed at the lounge music fad of the 1990s, this package bundles together jazzers like Stan Getz, Gary McFarland and Willie Bobo with pop orchestra leaders like David Carroll, Danny Davis, Quincy Jones (in his lounge disguise) and Xavier Cugat, and singers Blossom Dearie, Mel Tormé and Sammy Davis, Jr., trying to mix and match some of their kitschiest recordings. Oddly enough, there is at least a smidgen of jazz content on almost every track -- yes, even in a number by Those Fantabulous Strings (a name fit for a cheapo label like Metro), or long-forgotten characters like bandleader Bill McElhiney and organist Little Richie Varola. Oddest of all may be Getz's poker-faced blowing on Richard Hewson's James Bond soundtrack-like chart of Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Marrakesh Express," as supervised by Beatles producer George Martin (talk about a mishmash of talent). Or how about Sammy Davis' lizard-like take on "The Girl from Ipanema" with the Count Basie band -- and an alternate take at that. This release is a mutant unto itself.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453791428
catalogNumber:
537914

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Count Basie   Piano
Gary Burton   Vibes
Richard Davis   Bass
Blossom Dearie   Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Stan Getz   Track Performer
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jo Jones   Drums
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Reeds
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mel Tormé   Vocals,Track Performer
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Sam Noto   Trumpet
Sal Nistico   Tenor Saxophone
Seldon Powell   Reeds
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Sam Butera   Tenor Saxophone
Little Richie Varola   Organ,Track Performer
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Aarons   Trumpet
John Bello   Trumpet
George Berg   Reeds
Willie Bobo   Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass
Billy Byers   Trombone
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Sammy Davis   Vocals,Track Performer
Eric Dixon   Flute,Flugelhorn,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Vincent Bell   Guitar
Gary McFarland   Vibes,Track Performer
Richard Hewson   Conductor
Milt Hinton   Bass
Dick Hixson   Trombone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Osie Johnson   Drums
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Victor Pantoja   Conga
Sonny Payne   Drums
Romeo Penque   Reeds
Bobby Plater   Alto Saxophone
Emil Richards   Percussion
Bobby Scott   Piano
Tony Studd   Trombone
Morgan Thomas   Trumpet
Phil Woods   Reeds
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Jim Vincent   Drums
Geoff Love   Conductor
Count Basie Orchestra   Track Performer
David Carroll & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Quincy Jones & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jim Phillips   Bass

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
George Rhodes   Arranger
Hal Mooney   Arranger,Producer
George Martin   Producer
Norman Granz   Producer
Jim Davis   Producer
Gary McFarland   Arranger
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Richard Hewson   Arranger
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Peter Pullman   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Jack Tracy   Producer
Geoff Love   Arranger
John Corbett   Liner Notes
David Carroll   Producer
Valérie Wagner   Art Direction

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