Harry Warren Songbook: September in the Rain

Harry Warren Songbook: September in the Rain

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Overview

This unauthorized European compilation presents 25 recordings of 24 songs composed by Harry Warren (1893-1981), one of the most prolific and successful songwriters working for the Hollywood movie studios in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, performed by a variety of jazz musicians and traditional pop singers. Unencumbered by the need to seek permissions or pay licensing fees, the Definitive Records label plunders the vaults of U.S. record companies, mastering tracks from old discs and assembling a who's who of performers including vocalists June Christy, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, the Four Freshmen, Johnny Hartman, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Dinah Washington, and Lee Wiley, as well as jazz stars such as Count Basie, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, Harry Edison, Tal Farlow, Erroll Garner, Jim Hall, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and Sonny Stitt. As that list suggests, the tracks must come largely from the 1950s, although no information about recording dates or original record labels is provided. Warren wrote the songs, dating back to his first published work, 1922's "Rose of the Rio Grande," for various films, notably a series of movie musicals of the '30s starting with 42nd Street, and they were performed originally to swing arrangements. Here, they get smooth '50s traditional pop and post-bop jazz treatments for the most part, and they don't suffer from the transition. The album demonstrates that Warren's melodies are highly adaptable to jazz interpretations, even some of the early ones. For example, Desmond and Hall give a cool jazz reading of 1931's "By the River Sainte Marie," as if it had been written for them. The album may be short on annotations, but it lives up to the title of its overall series, "Jazz Giants Play Great American Composers."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2008
Label: Definitive Spain
UPC: 8436006492822
catalogNumber: 11282
Rank: 92350

Tracks

  1. September in the Rain
  2. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  3. You'll Never Know
  4. Lulu's Back in Town
  5. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  6. Serenade in Blue
  7. I Only Have Eyes for You
  8. Jeepers Creepers
  9. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  10. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  11. You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
  12. There Will Never Be Another You
  13. An Affair to Remember
  14. At Last
  15. I Had the Craziest Dream
  16. More I See You
  17. Forty-Second Street
  18. Lullaby of Broadway
  19. Rose of the Rio Grande
  20. Would You Like to Take a Walk?
  21. I Know Why (And So Do You)
  22. By the River Sainte Marie
  23. Shadow Waltz
  24. That's Amore
  25. September in the Rain

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