Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series

Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series

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Verve's Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series rounds up tracks by 16 of the singers who have recorded for the label (or one of the labels the Verve Group now distributes) at some point in their career. The line-up reads like a who's who of vocal jazz: legends like Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee and…  See more details below

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Verve's Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series rounds up tracks by 16 of the singers who have recorded for the label (or one of the labels the Verve Group now distributes) at some point in their career. The line-up reads like a who's who of vocal jazz: legends like Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee and Carmen McRae rub shoulders with less-acclaimed yet still diva- worthy singers like Ernestine Anderson, Blossom Dearie, and the always fabulous Shirley Horn. Throw in a few wild cards like Etta James and Astrud Gilberto, and the results become nearly definitive. There are a plethora of classic songs from the '50s and '60s (and '90s in Shirley Horn's case) here too. Ella Fitzgerald's "How High the Moon," Sarah Vaughan's "Lullaby of Birdland," Helen Merrill's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," and Billie Holiday's "Body and Soul" are just a few of the best. Except for the questionable inclusion of Natalie Cole's 2001 recording of "It's Crazy," every song here is a vocal jazz classic. Of course all this classicism wouldn't mean much if the artists and songs were just thrown together haphazardly, but Verve has done a fine job of constructing a collection that flows like a cool, clean stream, and can easily be recommended to anyone looking for a swinging introduction to jazz vocals. Fans of the genre will find it quite worthwhile as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0044003904828
catalogNumber:
000011602

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Vocals
Peggy Lee   Vocals
Nina Simone   Piano,Vocals
Natalie Cole   Vocals
Ernestine Anderson   Vocals
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Art Davis   Bass
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Astrud Gilberto   Vocals
Urbie Green   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals
Hank Jones   Piano
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Gloria Lynne   Vocals
Herbie Mann   Flute
Helen Merrill   Vocals
Red Mitchell   Bass
Rob Mounsey   Keyboards
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Joe Sample   Piano
Dinah Washington   Vocals
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Katz   Piano
Sy Oliver   Conductor
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Russell Malone   Guitar
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Anita O'Day   Vocals
Johnny Rae   Drums
Charles Ables   Bass
Danny Bank   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Ray Brown   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Riley Hampton   Conductor
Roy Haynes   Drums
Lonnie Hewitt   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Gus Johnson   Drums
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Christian McBride   Bass
Carmen McRae   Vocals
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Charlie Persip   Drums
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Cal Tjader   Vibes
Rudy Stevenson   Guitar
Lisle Atkinson   Bass
Paul Smith   Piano
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams   Drums
Bobby Hamilton   Drums
Freddie Schreiber   Bass

Technical Credits

Nina Simone   Arranger
Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra   Contributor
Shirley Horn   Arranger
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Cohn   Arranger
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
John Clayton   Arranger
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Gus Kahn   Composer
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Contributor
Hollis King   Art Direction
Sy Oliver's Orchestra   Contributor
Stephanie Stein Crease   Notes Editing
Gary Kelley   Illustrations
Fields   Composer
Timmie Rodgers   Composer
Bart Howard   Composer

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Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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For all of those Diana Krall fans...here's the originals. This is an amazing journey through a magnificent array of artists. It's great fun to hear earlier renditions of many popular songs. Prepare to tap your toes and sing along.