The Essential Jazz Singers

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This box contains three CD samplers that are also available individually. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are featured on 16 selections apiece that are drawn from their Verve recordings. While Lady Day is primarily heard during her declining years, bolstered by all-star swing combos with the exception of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," which is an orchestral track from her final recording session, Sassy is in prime form, whether joined by an orchestra, a big band including Count Basie's, the Jimmy Jones Trio or dueting with her lifelong friend Billy Eckstine. Ella's program is particularly wide-ranging, for on various tracks she collaborates with arranger Nelson ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This box contains three CD samplers that are also available individually. Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan are featured on 16 selections apiece that are drawn from their Verve recordings. While Lady Day is primarily heard during her declining years, bolstered by all-star swing combos with the exception of "Don't Worry 'Bout Me," which is an orchestral track from her final recording session, Sassy is in prime form, whether joined by an orchestra, a big band including Count Basie's, the Jimmy Jones Trio or dueting with her lifelong friend Billy Eckstine. Ella's program is particularly wide-ranging, for on various tracks she collaborates with arranger Nelson Riddle, Jazz At The Philharmonic, Marty Paich's Dektette, Duke Ellington, pianist Paul Smith a duet rendition of "Angel Eyes", Billy May, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and her regular combo including Ella's famous version of "Mack The Knife". None of these hodgepodge collections are programmed in chronological order, although the recording dates and personnel are given. The set which has many highlights is primarily recommended to beginners, for jazz collectors will prefer a much more comprehensive program.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453334724
  • Catalog Number: 533347

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh, Lady Be Good (4:00)
  2. 2 Oh, Lady Be Good (4:04)
  3. 3 There's a Lull in My Life (3:23)
  4. 4 Little Jazz (3:03)
  5. 5 Drop Me off in Harlem (3:46)
  6. 6 Angel Eyes (3:26)
  7. 7 Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead (3:15)
  8. 8 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1:53)
  9. 9 Summertime (4:57)
  10. 10 Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (3:18)
  11. 11 Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most (6:13)
  12. 12 Pick Yourself Up (2:07)
  13. 13 Cool Breeze (1:56)
  14. 14 Imagine My Frustration (4:49)
  15. 15 Mack the Knife (5:05)
  16. 16 Dream (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love for Sale (3:54)
  2. 2 Sophisticated Lady (4:48)
  3. 3 Lover, Come Back to Me (3:35)
  4. 4 I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (3:54)
  5. 5 Trav'lin' Light (3:08)
  6. 6 Say It Isn't So (3:01)
  7. 7 When Your Lover Has Gone (4:55)
  8. 8 Body and Soul (6:22)
  9. 9 Good Morning Heartache (3:29)
  10. 10 Remember (2:35)
  11. 11 Willow Weep for Me (3:05)
  12. 12 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (5:52)
  13. 13 Love Me or Leave Me (2:33)
  14. 14 I Can't Face the Music (3:14)
  15. 15 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (5:39)
  16. 16 Don't Worry 'bout Me (3:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Misty (2:29)
  2. 2 It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream (3:18)
  3. 3 Make Yourself Comfortable (2:39)
  4. 4 All of Me (3:15)
  5. 5 Last Night When We Were Young (2:52)
  6. 6 Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado) (3:22)
  7. 7 Speak Low (4:54)
  8. 8 A Sinner Kissed an Angel (3:39)
  9. 9 No 'Count Blues (5:26)
  10. 10 My Man's Gone Now (4:21)
  11. 11 I Cried for You (1:39)
  12. 12 Broken Hearted Melody (2:23)
  13. 13 You're Not the Kind (4:27)
  14. 14 Always (2:38)
  15. 15 Just One of Those Things (2:31)
  16. 16 My Ship (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Stan Getz Tenor Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Mel Lewis Drums
Ray Nance Trumpet
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Bud Shank Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith Piano
Lester Young Tenor Saxophone
Willie Cook Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen Tenor Saxophone, Valve Trombone
Lou Levy Piano
Jimmy Woode Baritone Saxophone
Frank deVol Conductor
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Connie Kay Drums
Med Flory Baritone Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass
Harry Carney Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
John Kitzmiller Trombone
Joe Mondragon Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
John Sanders Trombone
Sarah Vaughan Track Performer
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Sam Woodyard Drums
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Technical Credits
Erroll Garner Composer
Jimmy Mundy Composer
Frank deVol Arranger
Trummy Young Composer
Fabian André Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Hal David Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Contributor
Michael Edwards Composer
Marty Paich Contributor
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Tommy Wolf Composer
Geoff Tate Composer
Michael Wilton Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Fran Landesman Composer
Mack David Composer
Larry Shayne Composer
Ray Joseph Composer
A.M. Brunner Composer
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