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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 044003904828
  • Catalog Number: 000011602

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 "Sweets" 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
Al Cohn Arranger
Claus Ogerman Arranger
John Clayton Arranger
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Riley Hampton Arranger
Gus Kahn Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Hal Mooney Orchestra Contributor
Hollis King Art Direction
Sy Oliver's Orchestra Contributor
Stephanie Stein Crease Notes Editing
Gary Kelley Illustrations
Al Fields Composer
Timmie Rodgers Composer
Bart Howard Composer
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    Hear the real thing - Amazing!

    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.

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