Talkin' Verve: With a Twist

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453791428
  • Catalog Number: 537914

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You and the Night and the Music (2:26)
  2. 2 Charade (3:20)
  3. 3 Cool - David Carroll & His Orchestra (4:01)
  4. 4 Blossom's Blues (3:12)
  5. 5 The Pink Panther Theme - Those Fantabulous Strings (2:41)
  6. 6 Night Train (Happy-Go-Lucky Local) (2:58)
  7. 7 It's Not Unusual (2:22)
  8. 8 Tequila (2:14)
  9. 9 Walk on the Wild Side (3:54)
  10. 10 Marrakesh Express (3:30)
  11. 11 Take Care ... Beware (Capricorn) (3:30)
  12. 12 Peter Gunn - Art Heatlie and the Electric Saxophone (2:23)
  13. 13 The James Bond Theme (2:31)
  14. 14 What's New, Pussycat? (2:47)
  15. 15 The Girl from Ipanema (4:10)
  16. 16 One Mint Julep (3:04)
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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
Al 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 Jr. 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
Chris Herles Mastering
John Corbett Liner Notes
David Carrol Producer
Valérie Wagner Art Direction
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