The Best Things in Life

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Best Things in Life is the first in a series of compilations chronicling Mel Powell's sessions for Vanguard in the late '50s. Originally, this material was released on four separate albums -- Out on a Limb, Thigamagig, The Mel Powell Bandstand, Featuring Joan Wile and The Mel Powell Septet -- and this collection doesn't presume to assemble his entire works in chronological order. Instead, it offers highlights, concentrating on Powell's impeccable, swinging style. The legendary John Hammond recorded these sessions and he allowed the various groups to simply play what they feel, which gives the music an engagingly free-form feel. This is laid-back in the best ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Best Things in Life is the first in a series of compilations chronicling Mel Powell's sessions for Vanguard in the late '50s. Originally, this material was released on four separate albums -- Out on a Limb, Thigamagig, The Mel Powell Bandstand, Featuring Joan Wile and The Mel Powell Septet -- and this collection doesn't presume to assemble his entire works in chronological order. Instead, it offers highlights, concentrating on Powell's impeccable, swinging style. The legendary John Hammond recorded these sessions and he allowed the various groups to simply play what they feel, which gives the music an engagingly free-form feel. This is laid-back in the best sense of the word -- the groove is easy and natural, making the music all the more enticing. Powell's Vanguard sessions may not rank among his very best, but they're quite enjoyable, not only for aficionados, but for anyone who enjoys good swinging piano.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707960229
  • Catalog Number: 79602
  • Sales rank: 276,516

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Powell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Ruby Braff Trumpet
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Johnny Glasel Trumpet
Skeeter Best Guitar
Walter Page Bass
James Buffington French Horn
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Steve Jordan Guitar
Charles Russo Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Phyfe Drums
Joe Kay Bass
Joan Wile Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Wilber Composer
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Samuel Charters Liner Notes
Jay Gorney Composer
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