Yesterdays: The Jerome Kern Songbook - Instrumentals

Yesterdays: The Jerome Kern Songbook - Instrumentals

     
 
Volume three of the Kern songbook series concentrates on instrumental versions of 16 of the revered composer's songs; and again, the Verve, MGM, and Mercury archives prove to be a nearly inexhaustible resource. Annotator Dan Morgenstern claims that due to their harmonic sophistication, Kern's songs did not become

Overview

Volume three of the Kern songbook series concentrates on instrumental versions of 16 of the revered composer's songs; and again, the Verve, MGM, and Mercury archives prove to be a nearly inexhaustible resource. Annotator Dan Morgenstern claims that due to their harmonic sophistication, Kern's songs did not become ripe vehicles for jazz improvisation until shortly after his death in 1945 when the beboppers were in full cry. After that, the deluge began, and boppers of several stripes dominate this collection. Among the blue-chip performances are Charlie Parker doing an Afro-Cubanized "Why Do I Love You?," a pert, percolating "Pick Yourself Up" with the George Shearing Quintet, the majestically husky tenor of Gene Ammons coupled with that of Sonny Stitt in "Long Ago and Far Away," and the easy swing of Buddy DeFranco's sextet in "A Fine Romance." Stan Getz is the only one who gets two selections ("Nobody Else but Me," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"); others who get one include Benny Carter, Clifford Brown (with strings), Oscar Peterson, Joe Thomas, Jimmy Giuffre, Erroll Garner, Roy Eldridge, Tal Farlow, and Bud Powell. The superhumanly quick, harmonically audacious solo piano rendition of "Yesterdays" by Art Tatum at a Hollywood party is a showstopper that stands by itself in almost freakish isolation; no one can follow it (maybe it should have been placed at the end).

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731455333121
catalogNumber:
553331
Rank:
238753

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Ammons   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Walter Bishop   Piano
Clifford Brown   Trumpet,Track Performer
Eddie Costa   Piano
Buddy DeFranco   Drums,Track Performer
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Tal Farlow   Guitar,Track Performer
Erroll Garner   Piano,Track Performer
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Jimmy Giuffre   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Bill Harris   Trombone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Red Mitchell   Bass
Don Patterson   Organ
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
Bud Powell   Piano,Track Performer
Buddy Rich   Drums
Max Roach   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
George Shearing   Piano,Track Performer
Sonny Stitt   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Art Tatum   Piano,Track Performer
Ronnie Ball   Piano
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Neal Hefti   Conductor
William James   Drums
Jan Johansson   Piano
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Joe Thomas   Track Performer
Chuck Wayne   Guitar
Bob Stone   Bass
Luis Miranda   Conga
Teddy Kotick   Bass
Lee Abrams   Drums
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Denzil Best   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Roy Haynes   Drums
Margie Hyams   Vibes
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Locke   Drums
Jose Mangual   Bongos
Larance Marable   Drums
George Morrow   Bass
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
William Schiopffe   Drums
Knobby Totah   Bass
Bobby White   Drums
Hy White   Guitar
Daniel Jordon   Bass
Billy Taylor   Bass
Richie Powell   Piano
Joe Thomas   Trumpet
Paul Weeden   Guitar
Bobby Whitlock   Bass
Jimmy Campbell   Drums
Bill Tackus   Bass
Benny Moten   Bass
John Levy   Bass

Technical Credits

Neal Hefti   Arranger
Norman Granz   Producer
Dan Morgenstern   Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Hat Nguyen   Art Direction

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