Definitive Joe Williams

The Definitive Joe Williams

by Joe Williams
     
 
The Definitive Joe Williams takes a look back at the illustrious career of one of the greatest singers in the history of music. The 19 tracks are drawn from his two stints recording for Verve and his prolific stay with Roulette. The CD kicks off with four tracks from the great Count Basie Swings, Joe

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The Definitive Joe Williams takes a look back at the illustrious career of one of the greatest singers in the history of music. The 19 tracks are drawn from his two stints recording for Verve and his prolific stay with Roulette. The CD kicks off with four tracks from the great Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings record from 1955 including spectacular versions of "Every Day I Have the Blues" and "All Right, Okay, You Win" that leave no doubt in the listener's mind that Joe Williams could swing until the cows, chickens, and even ducks came home. Two songs, one of which is the rockingest version of "Singin' in the Rain" you'll likely ever hear, from the follow-up record from 1956, The Greatest! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards, are next, followed by a duet with Ella Fitzgerald. They both show off their prodigious scat talents, and Ella wins the duel but only just. Williams left Basie in the late '50s and signed with Roulette. His music still had tons of swing, but he also delved into pop songs and lush balladry. Tracks like 1958's "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight" demonstrate the tender side of Williams, romantic but not mushy, nothing but perfect love songs. His trumpet man of choice was Harry "Sweets" Edison on many of his Roulette dates: four of the tracks collected here feature Edison's sweet tone. After a heartstring-tugging take on Ellington's "Come Sunday" with the Mel Lewis/Thad Jones big band recorded in 1966, the CD has three tracks from Williams' triumphant return to the Verve label in the late '80s. The live, small group setting is perfect for his still strong voice. The disc ends with a quietly swinging take on the holiday chestnut "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" with Williams backed by the piano of Ellis Larkins. This disc is a great summing up of a great career. Fans of Williams and fans of vocal jazz alike will find this CD a real kick.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731458984627
catalogNumber:
589846

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Williams   Primary Artist
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Count Basie   Organ,Piano
Bill Berry   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Richard Davis   Bass
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Henry Johnson   Guitar
Hank Jones   Piano
Thad Jones   Trumpet,Conductor,Flugelhorn
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Jerome Richardson   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Annie Ross   Vocals
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Norman Simmons   Piano
Dave Lambert   Vocals
Tommy Potter   Bass
Don Lamond   Strings,Drums,Woodwind
Charles Thompson   Piano
George Duvivier   Bass
Bob Badgley   Bass
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Henry Coker   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eddie Daniels   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Roland Hanna   Piano
Cliff Heather   Bass Trombone
Jon Hendricks   Vocals
Sam Herman   Guitar
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Clarence Johnston   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Gerryck King   Drums
Ellis Larkins   Piano
Tom McIntosh   Trombone
Jimmy Nottingham   Trumpet
Sonny Payne   Drums
Charlie Persip   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Eddie Jones   Bass
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
Lewis   Drums

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Big Joe Turner   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Freddie Green   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Norman Simmons   Arranger
Joe Williams   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross   Contributor
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Bill Charlap   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Executive Producer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Arthur Freed   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Copy Editing
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Chris Sheridan   Liner Notes
Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra   Contributor
Tom Evered   Executive Producer
Lee Tanner   Cover Photo
Don George   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Don Wolf   Composer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Jimmy Mundy Orchestra   Contributor
Irving Reid   Composer

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