Four Classic Albums Plus

Four Classic Albums Plus

by Annie Ross


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Four Classic Albums Plus

Although most of her best performances came in tandem with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert, Annie Ross recorded a lot of quality material on her own, and most of it is right here. A collection of her (mostly) solo material from the '50s, Four Classic Albums finds Ross close to the height of her vocal powers, with excellent interpretive skills and a quickly shifting tone (sometimes caressing, other times catty). The two highlights of these classic albums are Gypsy, her run-through of the classic musical, and Sings a Song with Mulligan!, her duet album with Gerry Mulligan that ranks as one of the finest jazz vocalist/instrumentalist pairings ever (and thereby, one of the best vocal albums of all time). "I Feel Pretty" is impossibly spry and bouncy, with both Ross and Mulligan showing off their musical dexterity, playing off each other's notes with kittenish glee. Most of the rest of the material is of the torch song variety, which Ross does quite well, although the sound is a little compressed (usually the fault of the original source material, no knock on the Avid label). Rounding up a few stray EPs and bonus tracks, this is a great way to accumulate most of Ross' best solo work.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/2011
Label: Avid Records Uk
UPC: 5022810301523
catalogNumber: 1015

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Annie Ross   Primary Artist,Vocals
Chet Baker   Trumpet
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Frank Capp   Drums
Blossom Dearie   Piano
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Russ Freeman   Piano
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Henry Grimes   Bass
Jim Hall   Guitar
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Mel Lewis   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone
Bill Perkins   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Wallington   Piano
Dave Bailey   Drums
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Tony Crombie   Piano
Percy Heath   Bass
Billy Bean   Guitar
Art Blakey   Drums
Monty Budwig   Bass
Lennie Bush   Bass
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Bill Crow   Bass
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Teacho Wiltshire   Piano
Ram Ramirez   Organ
Bob Burns   Clarinet
Roy Plummer   Guitar

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Annie Ross   Composer
Buddy Bregman   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Farmer   Composer
Russ Wilson   Liner Notes
Anne Bennett   Artwork
Kenneth Tynan   Liner Notes
Bernstein   Composer
Daniel Halperin   Liner Notes
Boland   Composer
Santly   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Lerner   Composer
Tennyson   Composer

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