The Definitive Joe Williams

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458984627
  • Catalog Number: 589846
  • Sales rank: 72,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Every Day I Have the Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (5:29)
  2. 2 All Right, O.K., You Win - Count Basie Orchestra (3:05)
  3. 3 Please Send Me Someone to Love - Count Basie Orchestra (3:29)
  4. 4 Teach Me Tonight - Count Basie Orchestra (3:04)
  5. 5 Love Is Here to Stay - Count Basie Orchestra (3:40)
  6. 6 Singin' in the Rain - Count Basie Orchestra (2:28)
  7. 7 Party Blues (4:00)
  8. 8 Roll 'Em Pete - Count Basie Orchestra (2:42)
  9. 9 A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry - Jimmy Mundy Orchestra (3:36)
  10. 10 Goin' to Chicago Blues - Count Basie Orchestra (4:12)
  11. 11 If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight (3:13)
  12. 12 I Was Telling Her About You (3:54)
  13. 13 Alone Together (2:35)
  14. 14 Until I Met You (2:50)
  15. 15 Come Sunday - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (3:16)
  16. 16 Who She Do (4:52)
  17. 17 Ev'ry Day (3:56)
  18. 18 Sometimes I'm Happy (5:22)
  19. 19 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (3:54)
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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 "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Jimmy Forrest Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Al 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
Sir 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
Pete 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
Jeff Willens Mastering
Mayme Watts Composer
Don Wolf Composer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Jimmy Mundy Orchestra Contributor
Irving Reid Composer
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