The Great American Songbook

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 Torm?. 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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724347756221
  • Catalog Number: 77562
  • Sales rank: 50,152

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 "Sweets" 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
Al 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
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
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
Richard 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
Arthur Herfurt 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
John Collins Guitar
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
Al 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 II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jimmy Jones Arranger
Manny Kurtz Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Ron McMaster Mastering
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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