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Great American Songbook

The Great American Songbook

by Nancy Wilson
The Great American Songbook has many top-drawer interpreters, but Nancy Wilson is rarely spoken of in the same breath as Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington or Frank Sinatra or Mel Tormé. The reason lies less with her talents, which are sizeable


The Great American Songbook has many top-drawer interpreters, but Nancy Wilson is rarely spoken of in the same breath as Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington or Frank Sinatra or Mel Tormé. The reason lies less with her talents, which are sizeable, and more with her orientation, which fits the show tunes concept of putting the song across with precise diction as well as emotion instead of the jazz vocal tradition of personalizing a song. Those who know only Wilson's crossover work and think she intrudes in the field of vocal jazz should simply listen to her 1959 performance of "On the Street Where You Live," where she often varies notes and tempo but preserves the essential ebullience of the song intact -- an excellent musical performance combined with an excellent reading of a classic standard. That song is only one of the treasures present on the two-disc set The Great American Songbook, one in a loose series of three Capitol compilations to compile Wilson's late-'50s and early-'60s prime, the others focusing on blues ballads and lost love. There is a lot of music to wade through (more than twice as much as the other volumes in the series), but the compilers ably mix up the proceedings, balancing small-group performances that have a loose touch from all involved with large-band spectaculars featuring impeccable arrangements (often by masters of the form Billy May or Gerald Wilson).

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Release Date:
Blue Note Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nancy Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Horn   Reeds
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Ron Carter   Bass
Buddy Collette   Saxophone
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Timpani,Vibes
Louis Hayes   Drums
Plas Johnson   Trombone,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Carmell Jones   Trumpet
Hank Jones   Piano
Sam Jones   Bass
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Billy May   Conductor
Ted Nash   Clarinet,Flute
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Joe Pass   Guitar
Bill Perkins   Saxophone
George Shearing   Piano
Willie Smith   Reeds
Frank Strozier   Alto Saxophone
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Jack Wilson   Piano,Celeste
Ronnell Bright   Piano
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Dick Garcia   Guitar
Bob Hardaway   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,English Horn
Stan Levey   Drums
Lou Levy   Piano
Abe Most   Clarinet,Flute
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
Justin Gordon   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Joe Graves   Trumpet
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Jimmy Woods   Alto Saxophone
Bob Bain   Guitar
Charles Wright   Guitar
Si Zentner   Trombone
Porcino   Trumpet
John Audino   Trumpet
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Hal Blaine   Chimes,Drums,Vibes
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Benny Carter   Reeds,Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Walter Bolden   Drums
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Red Callender   Tuba
Nick Ceroli   Drums
Gene Cipriano   Bass Flute,Tenor Saxophone
John Collins   Guitar
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Irving Cottler   Drums
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis   Tenor Saxophone
James A. Decker   French Horn
Kenny Dennis   Drums
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Donn Trenner   Piano
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Estes   Percussion
Sid Feller   Conductor
Chuck Gentry   Reeds
Bobby Gibbons   Guitar
Joe Gibbons   Guitar
Bill Green   Bass Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Saxophone
Freddie Hill   Trumpet
Bill Hood   Saxophone
Jules Jacobs   Reeds
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Carol Kaye   Electric Bass
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Joe Maini   Alto Saxophone
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Lew McReary   Trombone
Dick Nash   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Dick Noel   Trombone
Ralph Pena   Bass
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Milt Raskin   Piano,Conductor
Clyde Reasinger   Trumpet
Emil Richards   Percussion
George Roberts   Trombone
Lester Robertson   Trombone
Meyer Rubin   Bass,Piano
Jimmy Salko   Trumpet
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Henry Sigismonti   French Horn
Ernie Snell   Bass Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Don Switzer   Trombone
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
William Ulyate   Saxophone
Buster Williams   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Fred Falensby   Saxophone
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
John Michael Gray   Guitar
Emanuel Klein   Trumpet
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Jules Chaikin   Trumpet
Bill Ulyate   Reeds
Damon Jones   Bass
William Schaefer   Trombone
John Ewing   Trombone
Bill Green   Alto Saxophone
Chuck Cooper   Trombone
Jerome A. Kasper   Saxophone
Milt Bernhardt   Trombone
Henry DeRosa   French Horn
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Arthur Frantz   French Horn
Richard Mackey   French Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
George Shearing   Arranger
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Matt Dennis   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Sid Feller   Orchestral Arrangements
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Arranger
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Milt Raskin   Orchestration
Don Raye   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Tom Morgan   Producer,Audio Production
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Andy Wiswell   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Donald Elfman   Liner Notes
Truman Capote   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Billy Rose   Composer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer,Audio Production
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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