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The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2012 Clifford Brown three-disc anthology The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions collects all of the tracks Brown recorded with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill during one magical five-month period in 1954. All of these sessions are now considered classic recordings and landmarks in the careers of each singer, as well as legendary trumpeter Brown. Coming off a four-year ascent that found him moving from working as a sideman with the R&B band the Blue Flames in 1951, to playing as a member of the Lionel Hampton band in 1953, to co-leading his innovative quartet with drummer Max Roach in 1954, Brown was a bona fide star by the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The 2012 Clifford Brown three-disc anthology The EmArcy Master Takes, Vol. 2: The Singers Sessions collects all of the tracks Brown recorded with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill during one magical five-month period in 1954. All of these sessions are now considered classic recordings and landmarks in the careers of each singer, as well as legendary trumpeter Brown. Coming off a four-year ascent that found him moving from working as a sideman with the R&B band the Blue Flames in 1951, to playing as a member of the Lionel Hampton band in 1953, to co-leading his innovative quartet with drummer Max Roach in 1954, Brown was a bona fide star by the mid-'50s and considered by many, including trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, to be the best trumpeter of his generation. Tragically, Brown's career was cut short when he died in a car accident in 1956. Thankfully, Brown was well recorded before his death, and these sessions display both his adept gift for virtuosic improvisation and empathetic ear for subtle, tender accompaniment of vocalists. Having already begun developing a strong group aesthetic -- later showcased on its own EmArcy recordings in 1954 -- that mixed thoughtful arrangements with adventurous improvisation, the Brown and Roach band was a superb choice for showcasing singers where arrangements and strong dynamic shifts are central to a good performance. Backing the vocalists here are not just the Brown/Roach band with tenor saxophonist Harold Land and pianists Richie Powell and Junior Mance, but also lineups including such stellar musicians as tenor saxophonist Paul Quinichette, flutist Herbie Mann, drummer Roy Haynes, bassists Milt Hinton and Oscar Pettiford, and, as on the Merrill sessions, arrangements by Quincy Jones. Featuring a hardbound book with photos of the original front and back album covers, as well as new liner notes from Down Beat magazine's Aaron Cohen, The Singers Sessions is essential listening for both Brown fans and jazz vocal fans alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Verve Select
  • UPC: 602527822587
  • Catalog Number: 001609602
  • Sales rank: 126,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction - Bob Shad (1:14)
  2. 2 What Is This Thing Called Love - Dinah Washington (14:54)
  3. 3 I've Got You Under My Skin - Dinah Washington (5:26)
  4. 4 No More - Dinah Washington (3:21)
  5. 5 Move - Dinah Washington (14:36)
  6. 6 Darn That Dream - Dinah Washington (5:16)
  7. 7 You Go To My Head - Dinah Washington (11:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Medley 1: My Funny Valentine/Don't Worry 'Bout Me/Bess, You Is My Woman - Dinah Washington (11:32)
  2. 2 Lover Come Back To Me - Dinah Washington (9:54)
  3. 3 Medley 2: Alone Together/Summertime/Come Rain or Come Shine - Dinah Washington (7:21)
  4. 4 Crazy He Calls me - Dinah Washington (4:47)
  5. 5 There Is No Greater Love - Dinah Washington (2:35)
  6. 6 I'll Remember April - Dinah Washington (11:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Lullaby Of Birdland - Sarah Vaughan (3:59)
  2. 2 April In Paris - Sarah Vaughan (6:21)
  3. 3 He's My Guy - Sarah Vaughan (4:13)
  4. 4 Jim - Sarah Vaughan (5:52)
  5. 5 You're Not The Kind - Sarah Vaughan (4:43)
  6. 6 Embraceable You - Sarah Vaughan (4:50)
  7. 7 I'm Glad There Is You - Sarah Vaughan (5:11)
  8. 8 September Song - Sarah Vaughan (5:47)
  9. 9 It's Crazy - Sarah Vaughan (4:56)
  10. 10 Don't Explain - Helen Merrill (5:11)
  11. 11 You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Helen Merrill (4:19)
  12. 12 What's New - Helen Merrill (5:00)
  13. 13 Falling in Love with Love - Helen Merrill (3:55)
  14. 14 Yesterdays - Helen Merrill (6:00)
  15. 15 Born To Be Blue - Helen Merrill (5:15)
  16. 16 'S Wonderful - Helen Merrill (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clifford Brown Primary Artist, Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Quincy Jones Conductor
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Mann Flute
Helen Merrill Vocals
Oscar Pettiford Bass, Cello
Max Roach Drums
Dinah Washington Vocals
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Danny Bank Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin Bass
Keter Betts Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Ernie Wilkins Conductor
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Roy Haynes Drums
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Jimmy Jones Piano
Junior Mance Piano
George Morrow Bass
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan Vocals
Richie Powell Piano
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger
George Shearing Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Denzil Best Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Bob Russell Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Bob Shad Original Session Supervision
Carl Sigman Composer
Marty Symes Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Vartan Art Direction
DuBose Heyward Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Robert Haggart Composer
Patricia Johnston Composer
Paul Madeira Composer
Milton Samuels Composer
Nelson Shawn Composer
Andrew Skurow Tape Vault Research
Caesar Petrillo Composer
Aaron Cohen Liner Notes
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Kohji Matsubayashi Memorabilia
Ted Koshier Composer
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