Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years

Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years

by Joe Williams


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Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years

In effect, this double-disc set, released in anticipation of Joe Williams' 75th birthday, is two compilation albums in one. The first CD, containing material recorded between 1955 and 1957, presents the artist singing with Count Basie and His Orchestra at the start of Williams' national career, when he and Basie scored a major R&B hit with the title song and made albums like Count Basie Swings/Joe Williams Sings, One O'Clock Jump, and The Greatest! Count Basie Swings/Joe Williams Sings Standards. Along with The Count Basie Band and the Dizzy Gillespie Band at Newport, these provide most of the selections included, among them memorable Williams performances such as "Teach Me Tonight," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," and "The Comeback." The second CD chronicles Williams' return to Verve Records in the years 1987 to 1990, for such albums as Every Night and Ballad and Blues Master, both of which were recorded live May 7-8, 1987, at the Vine St. Bar and Grill in Hollywood. So, we have the (relatively) young Williams and a much older Williams towards the end of his career. In both cases, however, he displays considerable dexterity in his blues-tinged jazz singing, and he gets tremendous support from his instrumentalists. The 30-year gap from one disc to another prevents this from being a definitive look at his career, but for the periods covered the anthology is well-chosen.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/1993
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451981326
catalogNumber: 519813

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Count Basie   Piano
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Freddie Green   Guitar
Grey   Trombone
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals
Henry Johnson   Guitar
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Marlena Shaw   Vocals
Norman Simmons   Piano
Bobby Watson   Alto Saxophone
Seldon Powell   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Wilder   Trumpet
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Charles Ables   Bass
Bob Badgley   Bass
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Bill Hughes   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Gerryck King   Drums
Dennis Mackrel   Drums
Sonny Payne   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Efrain Toro   Percussion
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Jones   Bass
Steve Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Simmons   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Bobby Watson   Arranger,Contributor
Joe Williams   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Gene McDaniels   Composer
Paul Anderson   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Frank Foster   Arranger
Charlie Frazier   Composer
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Bob Porter   Producer
Peter Pullman   Contributor
Red Saunders   Composer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Leon Washington   Composer
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
David Kreisberg   Producer
Miriam Cutler & Swing Street   Producer
Ron Berinstein   Producer
Milton Lovett   Composer

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