Vocal Encounters

Vocal Encounters

by Dave Brubeck
     
 
When it came to collaborating with vocalists, Dave Brubeck, one of the most popular jazz artists of the 1950s and '60s, had his pick of the crop. Sprinkled throughout this congenial sampler are captivating performances by Louis Armstrong; Carmen McRae; Jimmy Rushing; Tony Bennett; Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; and even Peter, Paul, and Mary. The offbeat material, much

Overview

When it came to collaborating with vocalists, Dave Brubeck, one of the most popular jazz artists of the 1950s and '60s, had his pick of the crop. Sprinkled throughout this congenial sampler are captivating performances by Louis Armstrong; Carmen McRae; Jimmy Rushing; Tony Bennett; Lambert, Hendricks and Ross; and even Peter, Paul, and Mary. The offbeat material, much of which was composed by Brubeck and his wife, adds unexpected flair.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The typical jazz fan may not realize that Dave Brubeck has accompanied a number of singers, because most of these recordings took place during his tenure with Columbia. This CD anthology has several tracks which were previously available only on the long out-of-print LP Summit Sessions; they include the impromptu concert collaboration between Tony Bennett and the Dave Brubeck Quartet during an invigorating "That Old Black Magic," and Peter, Paul & Mary join the pianist for "Because All Men Are Brothers" (whose music is adapted from J.S. Bach's "St. Matthew Passion"). Two additional numbers appear for the first time on this CD: a sterling performance by Carmen McRae of Brubeck's tricky "It's a Raggy Waltz," and the beautiful voice of Ranny Sinclair on Brubeck's lovely but infrequently heard ballad "Autumn in Our Town." The remaining tracks have all appeared on individual LPs or CDs. Louis Armstrong is heard in several tracks taken from The Real Ambassadors, including "Summer Song" (an overlooked masterpiece), and the humorous "They Say I Look Like God" (which Armstrong sang very seriously, which was not the composer's original intention), where is he is joined by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Carmen McRae's sassy interpretation of "Travelin' Blues" (a song any musician who's been on the road for an extended time will appreciate) and her playful rendition of "Take Five" are miniature gems. Jimmy Rushing swings like mad during the upbeat "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and has lots of fun with the loping treatment of "Ain't Misbehavin'." There are a lot of great musical moments throughout this recommended release.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646155127
catalogNumber:
61551

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Brubeck   Primary Artist,Piano,Group Member
Peter, Paul and Mary   Vocals
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Paul Desmond   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Joe Morello   Drums,Group Member
Jimmy Rushing   Vocals
Joe Darensbourg   Clarinet
Dave Lambert   Vocals
Trummy Young   Trombone,Vocals
Eugene Wright   Bass,Group Member
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross   Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Danny Barcelona   Drums
Billy Kyle   Piano
Carmen McRae   Vocals
Irv Manning   Bass
Ranny Sinclair   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dave Brubeck   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Paul Desmond   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Russell Gloyd   Executive Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Ernie Burnett   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Iola Brubeck   Composer
Theodor Lloyd Glazer   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Stacey Boyle   Tape Research,Tape Realizations
Billy Higgins   Composer

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