The Complete Cole Porter Songbooks

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 Torm?, 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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1993
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451982828
  • Catalog Number: 519828
  • Sales rank: 5,228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I've Got You Under My Skin - Dinah Washington (5:12)
  2. 2 Love for Sale - Shirley Horn (3:50)
  3. 3 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) - Louis Armstrong (8:42)
  4. 4 Anything Goes - Ella Fitzgerald (3:30)
  5. 5 What Is This Thing Called Love? - The Mel-Tones (2:54)
  6. 6 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Helen Merrill (4:13)
  7. 7 At Long Last Love - Bill Henderson (2:28)
  8. 8 I Love You - Anita O'Day (2:03)
  9. 9 Just One of Those Things - Louis Armstrong (3:59)
  10. 10 It's de-Lovely - Sarah Vaughan (2:37)
  11. 11 Always True to You in My Fashion - Blossom Dearie (2:49)
  12. 12 I Concentrate on You - Fred Astaire (2:43)
  13. 13 I Get a Kick out of You - Dinah Washington (6:14)
  14. 14 In the Still of the Night - Billy Eckstine (3:39)
  15. 15 Easy to Love - Billie Holiday (3:02)
  16. 16 Night and Day - Ella Fitzgerald (2:55)
  17. 17 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Betty Carter (5:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Get a Kick out of You - Louis Armstrong (4:17)
  2. 2 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Anita O'Day (2:51)
  3. 3 I've Got You Under My Skin - Ella Fitzgerald (3:12)
  4. 4 After You, Who? - Helen Merrill (3:03)
  5. 5 So in Love - Dinah Washington (4:24)
  6. 6 Too Darn Hot - Mel Tormé (2:45)
  7. 7 Just One of Those Things - Sarah Vaughan (2:30)
  8. 8 Get out of Town - Shirley Horn (2:42)
  9. 9 Love for Sale - Billie Holiday (2:55)
  10. 10 From This Moment On - Anita O'Day (3:09)
  11. 11 Night and Day - Fred Astaire (4:57)
  12. 12 Give Him the Ooh-La-La - Blossom Dearie (2:37)
  13. 13 Ev'rything I Love - Morgana King (3:14)
  14. 14 Miss Otis Regrets - Ella Fitzgerald (3:54)
  15. 15 All of You - Helen Merrill (3:29)
  16. 16 You're the Top - Louis Armstrong (2:30)
  17. 17 Most Gentlemen Don't Like Love - Betty Carter (3:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:38)
  2. 2 Love for Sale - Al Cohn (4:58)
  3. 3 Begin the Beguine - Art Tatum (2:54)
  4. 4 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Dizzy Gillespie (5:57)
  5. 5 Get Out of Town - Max Roach Sextet (4:50)
  6. 6 Easy to Love - Sonny Stitt (4:42)
  7. 7 I Get a Kick Out of You - Max Roach Quintet (7:36)
  8. 8 Night and Day - Stan Getz (6:45)
  9. 9 Just One of Those Things - Bud Powell (3:50)
  10. 10 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Coleman Hawkins (4:15)
  11. 11 Anything Goes - Tal Farlow Trio (5:08)
  12. 12 I Love You - Oscar Peterson Trio (2:33)
  13. 13 I've Got You Under My Skin - Jim Hall (3:20)
  14. 14 I Concentrate on You - Max Roach Sextet (4:51)
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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, 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, Track Performer
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Les 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
Al Cohn Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Al 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
The 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
Al 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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