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Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1
     

The Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1

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by Ken Nordine
 
Nordine is far better known for his voiceover work than for his albums, but those who do know the albums know the Word Jazz series best. This 1990 compilation gathers together a good selection of the earlier material, recorded between 1957 and 1960. It has a beatnik sensibility, with rhythmic poetic lines underpinned by hip cool jazz

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Nordine is far better known for his voiceover work than for his albums, but those who do know the albums know the Word Jazz series best. This 1990 compilation gathers together a good selection of the earlier material, recorded between 1957 and 1960. It has a beatnik sensibility, with rhythmic poetic lines underpinned by hip cool jazz backing. It would be a fruitless pairing if it wasn't for two key things: First, Nordine's voice is amazing, polished by years of professional work behind the microphone. Secondly, Nordine's storytelling is solid, and you find yourself being pulled into his world despite the offbeat nature of the material. When you are offered a tour of his brain, as in the CD-only "Looks Like It's Going to Rain," you're glad for the chance to go. A great overview of the crucial formative years.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/1990
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227077327
catalogNumber:
70773

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ken Nordine   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Horn   Woodwind
Fred Katz   Cello,Leader
John Gray   Guitar
Dick Marx   Piano
Johnny Frigo   Bass
Hal Gaylor   Bass
Redd Holt   Drums
John Pisano   Guitar
Kenneth Soderblom   Woodwind
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Bob Frazier   Drums
Emmett Frazier   Bass
Forest Horn   Drums
Jerome Slosberg   Drums
Voctor Vallenari   Flute,Saxophone
Ken Soderbloom   Woodwind
Richard Campbell   Piano,Leader,Vibes

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Liner Notes
Ken Nordine   Composer
Fred Katz   Composer
Tom Mack   Producer
Irwin Chusid   Liner Notes
Jim Cunningham   Engineer
Kevin Garth Nordine   Contributor

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The Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Without a doubt this is the finest work I have ever listened to... For the longest time there was no place to buy it after my copy disappeared, but now its back and I can again trip back to the fifties...