The Best of the Concord Years

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The fact that one of the most successful pop singers of the '50s went on to become one of the most acclaimed jazz singers of the '80s and '90s shouldn't be marked up to the simple attrition of the WWII generation of jazz vocalists. Rosemary Clooney was comfortable and skilled singing in many different circumstances, and the fact that she could exhibit endless reserves of patience when forced to record pop fluff during the '50s by no means affected her love for the Great American Songbook -- it may actually have intensified it. The Best of the Concord Years distills the best of her 25-year career with Concord, virtually the only label she recorded for after her mid-'70s ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The fact that one of the most successful pop singers of the '50s went on to become one of the most acclaimed jazz singers of the '80s and '90s shouldn't be marked up to the simple attrition of the WWII generation of jazz vocalists. Rosemary Clooney was comfortable and skilled singing in many different circumstances, and the fact that she could exhibit endless reserves of patience when forced to record pop fluff during the '50s by no means affected her love for the Great American Songbook -- it may actually have intensified it. The Best of the Concord Years distills the best of her 25-year career with Concord, virtually the only label she recorded for after her mid-'70s comeback, and the only label where she was allowed to pick her own material. Facing the task of choosing only about 30 songs from her catalog of well over 300 titles, the compilers managed to illustrate Clooney's love for the songbook, picking uniformly excellent performances from her many tribute records: "Pennies from Heaven" from Rosie Sings Bing, "I Cover the Waterfront" from Here's to My Lady: A Tribute to Billie Holiday, "Cheek to Cheek" from Sings the Music of Irving Berlin, "Something's Gotta Give" from Sings the Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, and "A Foggy Day" from Dedicated to Nelson Riddle. The accompaniment ranges from a duet with guitar from 1985's Sings Ballads to a full orchestra from her throwback Girl Singer LP of 1992, and includes many features for her usual bandmates, including Warren Vaché on cornet, Scott Hamilton on tenor, and Cal Collins and later Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar. Like the similar volume on Mel Tormé, Clooney's Best of the Concord Years transforms an imposing, multiple-volume discography into one rewarding listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431216322
  • Catalog Number: 2163
  • Sales rank: 95,868

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist, Vocals
Dan Barrett Trombone
Bill Berry Trumpet
Ed Bickert Guitar
Matt Catingub Piano, Conductor, Leader, Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Pete Christlieb Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Cal Collins Guitar
Bob Cooper Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Flory Guitar
Gary Foster Reeds, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Jeff Hamilton Drums, Group Member
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Jake Hanna Drums
Woody Herman Clarinet
Dave McKenna Piano
Grover Mitchell Group Member
Nat Pierce Piano
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Warren Vaché Cornet, Flugelhorn
Michael Moore Bass
John Chiodini Guitar, Group Member
Peter Matz Conductor
Tommy Newsom Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Chris Amberger Bass
Dale Anderson Percussion, Group Member
Clarence Banks Trombone, Group Member
Rick Baptist Trumpet, Group Member
Scotty Barnhart Trumpet, Group Member
Robert Becker Viola, Group Member
Chuck Berghofer Bass, Group Member
William Booth Trombone
Susan Boyd Group Member
Michael Brignola Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Monty Budwig Bass
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola, Group Member
Bill Byrne Trumpet, Group Member
Darius Campo Violin, Group Member
Gene Cipriano Reeds, Baritone Saxophone
John Clayton Bass
John Clayton Jr. Bass
Joe Cocuzzo Drums
Mathew Cooker Cello, Group Member
Randy Crenshaw Group Member
James A. Decker Trombone, Group Member
Walfredo Reyes Percussion
Assa Drori Violin, Concert Master, Group Member
Bill Elton Trombone, Group Member
Christine Ermacoff Cello, Group Member
Phil Feather Saxophone, Group Member
John Fedchock Trombone, Group Member
David Finck Bass
Phil Flanigan Bass
Ronald Folsom Violin, Group Member
Dan Fornero Trumpet, Group Member
George Graham Trumpet, Group Member
Daniel Greco Percussion
Linda Harmon Group Member
Steve Houghton Drums
Randall Hawes Bass Trombone, Group Member
Gwen Heller Violin, Group Member
Dan Higgins Reeds, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Kenny Hing Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Jack Sheldon Trumpet, Vocals
Ron Jannelli Reeds, Saxophone, Group Member
Gus Johnson Drums
Jon Joyce Group Member
Roland Kato Viola, Group Member
John Kelson Jr. Flute, Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Armen Ksadjikian Cello, Group Member
Joe La Barbera Drums
David Ladd Flute
Brad Leali Alto Saxophone, Group Member
James Leary Bass, Group Member
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet, Soloist, Group Member
Melissa MacKay Group Member
Bob Maize Bass
Nancy Masaki Cello, Group Member
Timothy May Guitar, Group Member
Paul Mazzio Trumpet, Group Member
Lew McCreary Trombone
Larry McGuire Trumpet, Group Member
Butch Miles Drums, Group Member
Douglas Miller Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
John Oddo Piano, Conductor, DX-7, Group Member
Bob Ojeda Trumpet, Soloist, Group Member
Danny Padilla Violin, Group Member
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Joe Porcaro Percussion
George Roberts Trombone, Group Member
Haim Shtrum Violin, Group Member
Fred Simmons Trombone, Group Member
Gene Smith Trombone, Group Member
Joe Soldo Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Frank Tiberi Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Bob Tricarico Reeds, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Vince Trombetta Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Group Member
Mark Vinci Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Brad Warnaar Trombone, French Horn
Scott Wagstaff Trumpet, Group Member
Steve Wallace Bass
Tom Warrington Bass
Chauncey Welsch Trombone, Group Member
Dick Williams Group Member
John Williams Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Gregg Field Drums
Yoko Matsuda Violin, Group Member
Marcia Dickstein Harp, Group Member
William Hughes Bass Trombone, Group Member
Ignace Jang Violin, Concert Master, Group Member
Christina Soule Cello, Group Member
Catherine del Russo Oboe, Group Member
Duncan White Violin, Group Member
Stephen Dinion Percussion, Timpani, Group Member
Robert Sanov Violin, Group Member
Dave Scott Trumpet, Group Member
Jimmy Carroll Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Group Member
Natalie Leggett Violin, Group Member
Philip Gottling Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Group Member
Timothy Landauer Cello, Group Member
Willie F. Bailey Jr. Viola, Group Member
Albert Alva Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Anna Womack Viola, Group Member
Alvin Walker II Trombone, Group Member
Doug Beavers Trombone, Group Member
Karen Bechtel Cello, Group Member
Jennifer Lovejoy Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Steve Moretti Drums, Group Member
Mike Olmos Trumpet, Group Member
Dan Parenti Acoustic Bass, Rhythm Bass, Group Member
Will Matthews Guitar, Group Member
John Quincy Adams Bass, Group Member
Sandra Wong Viola, Group Member
Hung Wu Violin, Group Member
Iolani Yamashiro Violin, Group Member
Keiko S. Zou Violin, Group Member
Michael Gorman Bass, Group Member
Teresa Skinner Viola, Group Member
John Ryan Gallagher Bass, Group Member
Claire Sakai-Hazzard Violin, Group Member
Mark Butin Viola, Group Member
Michael Williams Trumpet, Group Member
Judy Barrett Violin, Group Member
John Kolivas Bass, Group Member
Larry Hall Trumpet
Peter Askin Bass, Group Member
Pauline Bai Cello, Group Member
Tony Bonsera Trumpet, Group Member
Nicolas C. Zou Violin, Group Member
Wade Butin Horn, Group Member
Cathi Campo Vocals
Michael Zonshine Trumpet, Group Member
James Lee Wyatt III Percussion, Group Member
Gregory Wrenn Violin, Group Member
Stuart Chafetz Timpani, Group Member
Albie Clerk Drums, Group Member
Terence Conley Piano, Group Member
Matt Cowan Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Melvin Whitney Viola, Group Member
Fumiko Wellington Violin, Group Member
George Warnock Horn, Group Member
Constance Ueijo Harp, Group Member
Nancy Dimock Oboe, Group Member
Gregory Dubay Cello, Group Member
Janet Dubay Violin, Group Member
Andrew Eckard Cello, Group Member
Steve Flanter Viola, Group Member
Reily Francis Percussion, Group Member
Beebe Freitas Keyboards, Group Member
Ken Friedenberg Horn, Group Member
Karen Fujimoto Cello, Group Member
Rami Gepner Violin, Group Member
Naomi Guy Violin, Group Member
Katherine Hafner Violin, Group Member
Kenneth Hafner Trumpet, Group Member
Nyle Hallman Keyboards, Group Member
Helen Higa Violin, Group Member
Jean Michel Jacquon Viola, Group Member
Scott Janusch Oboe, Group Member
Louise Kefford Ching Cello, Group Member
Keim David Trombone, Group Member
Brian Kettelhut Trumpet, Group Member
Arlene Koh Violin, Group Member
Eric Kop Horn, Group Member
Laurilyn Krantz Violin, Group Member
Laurie Lake Flute, Piccolo, Group Member
Robert Larm Clarinet, Group Member
Susie Lee Cello, Group Member
Timothy Leong Violin, Group Member
Jasob Lichtenwalter English Horn, Oboe, Group Member
Eric Mathis Trombone, Group Member
Susan McGinn Flute, Group Member
James Moffitt Clarinet, Group Member
Emma Moon Flute, Group Member
Kirby Nunez Bass, Group Member
Jonathan Parrish Horn, Group Member
Jason Pell Violin, Group Member
Jeff Prinz Alto Saxophone, Group Member
Maile Reeves Violin, Group Member
David Saltzman Tuba, Group Member
Greg Saul Trombone, Group Member
Amanda Schubert Violin, Group Member
Marsha Schweitzer Bassoon, Group Member
Sheryl Shohet Violin, Group Member
Nancy Shoop Wu Violin, Group Member
Michiko Singh Horn, Group Member
Leon Burton Bass, Group Member
Joanna Fleming Cello, Group Member
Norman Foster Clarinet, E Flat Cornet, Group Member
Laurel Hall Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Group Member
Joan Hayden Violin, Group Member
Mark Lewis Trumpet, Group Member
Phillip Teele Trombone, Group Member
Donald Ashworth Reeds, Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Karen Jones Violin, Group Member
Steven Becknell French Horn, Group Member
Raymond Tischer Viola, Group Member
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Rosemary Clooney Contributor
Les Brown Composer
Dave Frishberg Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Grover Mitchell Director
Matt Dennis Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Matz Arranger, Producer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Alan Bergman Composer
John Burk Producer, Executive Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Nat King Cole Composer
James A. Decker Principal
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Bud Green Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Ben Homer Composer
Carl Jefferson Producer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Producer
Burton Lane Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
John Oddo Arranger, Producer, Adaptation, Musical Director, Arrangement Transcription, Instrument Arrangement
Cole Porter Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Gabriel Ferrer Liner Notes
Merv Griffin Composer
Aaron A. Woodward Producer
Catherine del Russo Principal
Bob Merrill Composer
Allen Sviridoff Producer, Liner Notes
Nick Clooney Liner Notes
Stephen Dinion Principal
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Dick Miles Composer
Ary Barroso Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Glen Barros Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Darren Wong Concept Design
Ted Koehler Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Don George Composer
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Newton Mendonça Composer
Manning Sherwin Composer
Sydney Russell Composer
Lew Spence Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Hung Wu Principal
Michael Gorman Principal
Seth Presant Mastering
Claire Sakai-Hazzard Associate Concertmaster
Mark Butin Principal
Earl Singers Brown Vocal Arrangements
Judy Barrett Assistant Concertmaster
Michael Zonshine Principal
James Lee Wyatt III Principal
Harry Winston Contributor
Stuart Chafetz Principal
George Warnock Principal
Constance Ueijo Principal
Nancy Dimock Principal
Gregory Dubay Principal
Andrew Eckard Principal
Steve Flanter Principal
Reily Francis Principal
Beebe Freitas Principal
Ken Friedenberg Principal
Scott Janusch Principal
Laurie Lake Principal
Eric Mathis Principal
Susan McGinn Principal
James Moffitt Principal
Kirby Nunez Principal
David Saltzman Principal
Marsha Schweitzer Principal
Norman Foster Principal
Marilyn Keith Composer
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