Complete Cole Porter Songbooks

The Complete Cole Porter Songbooks

This is not and cannot be the Complete Cole Porter Songbooks, but it's a marvelous collection of 48 timeless jazz interpretations drawn from the Verve catalog. Recorded between 1951 and 1988, these standards, ballads and show tunes are rendered by some 15 vocalists, many of whom appear twice, and about 13


This is not and cannot be the Complete Cole Porter Songbooks, but it's a marvelous collection of 48 timeless jazz interpretations drawn from the Verve catalog. Recorded between 1951 and 1988, these standards, ballads and show tunes are rendered by some 15 vocalists, many of whom appear twice, and about 13 instrumental groups. In addition to the usual suspects (Ella, Louis, Sarah, Dinah, and Lady Day) there are fine performances by Abbey Lincoln, Anita O'Day, Billy Eckstine, Mel Tormé, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horn, Betty Carter, Helen Merrill, Morgana King and Fred Astaire. The instrumentalists -- and this is most fulfilling because Cole Porter's music is an essential strand in the DNA of swing, bop, and mainstream jazz -- include Ben Webster, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Tal Farlow, and Jim Hall. That makes this a portable jazz library of considerable potency, pungency and depth. Also quite valuable as a tool for learning and appreciating some of Porter's very best songs. First prize for both artistic magnitude and friendly intimacy goes to Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson for their fabulously relaxed, nearly nine-minute rendition of "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love."

Product Details

Release Date:
Polygram Records


Disc 1

  1. I've Got You Under My Skin
  2. Love for Sale
  3. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  4. Anything Goes
  5. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  6. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  7. At Long Last Love
  8. I Love You
  9. Just One of Those Things
  10. It's de-Lovely
  11. Always True to You in My Fashion
  12. I Concentrate on You
  13. I Get a Kick out of You
  14. In the Still of the Night
  15. Easy to Love
  16. Night and Day
  17. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

Disc 2

  1. I Get a Kick out of You
  2. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  3. I've Got You Under My Skin
  4. After You, Who?
  5. So in Love
  6. Too Darn Hot
  7. Just One of Those Things
  8. Get out of Town
  9. Love for Sale
  10. From This Moment On
  11. Night and Day
  12. Give Him the Ooh-La-La
  13. Ev'rything I Love
  14. Miss Otis Regrets
  15. All of You
  16. You're the Top
  17. Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love

Disc 3

  1. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  2. Love for Sale
  3. Begin the Beguine
  4. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  5. Get Out of Town
  6. Easy to Love
  7. I Get a Kick Out of You
  8. Night and Day
  9. Just One of Those Things
  10. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  11. Anything Goes
  12. I Love You
  13. I've Got You Under My Skin
  14. I Concentrate on You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Dancer,Track Performer
Mose Allison   Piano
David Amram   Conductor
George Barnes   Guitar
Louie Bellson   Drums
Clifford Brown   Trumpet,Track Performer
Ray Bryant   Piano
Betty Carter   Track Performer
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trumpet
Eddie Costa   Piano
Art Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Eckstine   Track Performer
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano,Track Performer
Tal Farlow   Guitar,Track Performer
Victor Feldman   Vibes
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Tommy Flanagan   Piano
Curtis Fuller   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet,Track Performer
Jimmy Giuffre   Reeds,Conductor
Freddie Green   Guitar
Jim Hall   Guitar,Track Performer
Bill Harris   Trombone
Bill Henderson   Track Performer
John Hicks   Piano
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Jaspar   Flute
Elvin Jones   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Morgana King   Track Performer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer,Manzello
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Melba Liston   Trumpet
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Helen Merrill   Track Performer
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Bud Powell   Piano,Track Performer
Julian Priester   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums,Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Spann   Flute,Guitar
Sonny Stitt   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Art Tatum   Piano,Track Performer
Bobby Timmons   Piano
Mel Tormé   Vocals,Track Performer
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Turrentine   Trumpet
Dinah Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Patti Bown   Piano
Ronnell Bright   Trumpet
Buddy Clark   Bass
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Major Holley   Bass
Lee Katzman   Trumpet
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Buddy Bregman   Conductor
Don Lamond   Drums
Stu Martin   Drums
Richard Hayman   Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Frank deVol   Conductor
Billy Mure   Guitar
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Curtis Lundy   Baritone Saxophone
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Britt Woodman   Trumpet
Walter Booker   Bass
Lewis Nash   Drums
Abbey Lincoln   Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Ables   Bass
Cohn   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Porcino   Trumpet
Sue Allen   Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter   Track Performer
Keter Betts   Baritone Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Bobby Boswell   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
Billy Byers   Trombone
Larry Bunker   Drums
Vinnie Burke   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Red Callender   Tuba
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Kenny Dennis   Drums
Eric Dixon   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Trumpet
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Roy Haynes   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
Lex Humphries   Drums
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Gus Johnson   Drums
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Junior Mance   Piano
Joe Mondragon   Bass,Baritone Saxophone
Larance Marable   Drums
Vernon Martin   Bass
Marty Paich   Piano,Conductor
Jimmy Maxwell   Trumpet
Marian McPartland   Piano
Mel-Tones   Track Performer
Eddie Moore   Drums
George Morrow   Baritone Saxophone
Khalid Moss   Piano
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Ginny O'Connor   Vocals
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Hank Ross   Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Bart Varsalona   Trombone
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Frank Wess   Reeds
Edgar Willis   Bass
Kai Winding   Trombone
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Bill Yancey   Bass
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Harry Terrill   Alto Saxophone
Joe Lopes   Alto Saxophone
Zoot Sims Quartet   Track Performer
Murray Williams   Alto Saxophone
Joe Lipman   Conductor
Richie Powell   Piano
Polan   Tuba
George Russell   Guitar
Steve Williams   Drums
Max Roach Sextet   Track Performer

Technical Credits

David Amram   Arranger
Curtis Fuller   Contributor
Jimmy Giuffre   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Billy May   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Richard Hayman   Arranger
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Frank deVol   Arranger
Norman Granz   Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Bill Hood   Contributor
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Jimmy Jones   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Cliff Preiss   Contributor
Richard Seidel   Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Joe Lipman   Arranger

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