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Best of the Concord Years

The Best of the Concord Years

by Rosemary Clooney
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


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.

Product Details

Release Date:
Concord Records


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   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
John Fedchock   Trombone,Group Member
David Finck   Bass
Phil Flanigan   Bass
Ronald Folsom   Violin,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   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   Viola,Group Member
Albert Alva   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Anna Womack   Viola,Group Member
Alvin Walker   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   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
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
Phillip D. Feather   Saxophone,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
Chris Ermacoff   Cello,Group Member
Donald Ashworth   Reeds,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Karen Jones   Violin,Group Member
Steven Becknell   French Horn,Group Member
Naomi Guy   Violin,Group Member
Raymond Tischer   Viola,Group Member
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Rosemary Clooney   Contributor
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   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
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
Claire Sakai-Hazzard   Associate Concertmaster
Mark Butin   Principal
Earl Singers Brown   Vocal Arrangements
Judy Barrett   Assistant Concertmaster
Michael Zonshine   Principal
James Lee Wyatt   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
Richard Miles   Composer

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