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Yesterdays: The Jerome Kern Songbook - Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731455333121
  • Catalog Number: 553331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Song Is You - Benny Carter (4:46)
  2. 2 Nobody Else But Me (3:33)
  3. 3 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Clifford Brown (3:14)
  4. 4 All the Things You Are - Clifford Brown (4:21)
  5. 5 The Last Time I Saw Paris - Bud Powell (3:16)
  6. 6 Why Do I Love You? - Charlie Parker (2:58)
  7. 7 Pick Yourself Up (2:52)
  8. 8 Long Ago (And Far Away) (5:20)
  9. 9 Yesterdays (3:11)
  10. 10 She Didn't Say Yes (3:07)
  11. 11 I'm Old Fashioned (8:33)
  12. 12 The Way You Look Tonight (2:22)
  13. 13 Who? (6:06)
  14. 14 The Folks Who Live on the Hill (4:17)
  15. 15 A Fine Romance (4:44)
  16. 16 Ol' Man River (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Ammons Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Clifford Brown Trumpet, Track Performer
Eddie Costa Piano
Buddy DeFranco Drums, Track Performer
Harry "Sweets" 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
Billy 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 Sr. 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
Chris Herles Mastering
Hat Nguyen Art Direction
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