John Pizzarelli – My Blue Heaven {Chesky} “digital dL_2_cd”


Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
Just prior to signing with RCA/Novus, John Pizzarelli recorded two sets for Chesky that featured him playing in the swing style that he would soon make quite popular. Although joined by all-stars (pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Connie Kay, his father, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and flugelhornist Clark Terry) rather than his regular trio, Pizzarelli’s likable vocals and relaxed guitar solos are not overshadowed. In fact, this is a delightful date, with memorable renditions of such songs as “I’m An Errand Boy for Rhythm,” “Lady Be Good,” “The Best Man,” “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You” and “Candy.” Easily recommended to John Pizzarelli fans.

Tracklist:
01. My Blue Heaven (4:02)
02. I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm (3:49)
03. It Could Happen to You (3:25)
04. Lady Be Good (8:05)
05. The Touch of Your Lips (2:35)
06. Can’t Take You Nowhere (4:08)
07. Take My Smile (2:54)
08. That’s What (3:04)
09. Stray Horn (2:44)
10. Best Man (2:48)
11. Oh Me, Oh My, Oh Gosh (3:27)
12. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (3:13)
13. Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You (3:19)
14. Passion Flower (4:14)
15. Zoot Walked In / Morning Fun (4:28)
16. Candy (3:38)

Personnel:
John Pizzarelli – guitar & vocals
Dave McKenna – piano
Bucky Pizzarelli – guitar
Clark Terry – trumpet
Milt Hinton – bass
Connie Kay – drums

Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York City; on February 6 & 7, 1990

Genre: Jazz
Style: Swing, Standards
Label: Chesky / hdtracks.com
Year: 1990
Time: 59:51

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Ray Brown Trio featuring Gene Harris – Soular Energy {Concord} ”dvd audio-2-cd”


Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
This album is important as an early milestone in pianist Gene Harris’ second career. Harris, who had led the popular Three Sounds in the 1960s, had been living in obscurity in Boise, ID, for several years before he was urged by bassist Ray Brown to come to the West Coast for some recording sessions. Harris became a permanent member of Brown’s regular trio for quite a few years before launching his own quartet. He had lost none of his technique, soul, or swing in the interim, as he shows throughout this fine release. Seven of the eight numbers (highlighted by “Exactly Like You,” “Teach Me Tonight,” and “Sweet Georgia Brown”) feature Brown, Harris, and drummer Gerryck King playing soulful bop, while “Mistreated But Undefeated Blues” adds guitarist Emily Remler and the tenor of Red Holloway. An excellent effort.

Tracklist:
01. Exactly Like You (5:47)
02. Cry Me a River (5:47)
03. Teach Me Tonight (4:51)
04. Take the “A” Train (6:22)
05. Mistreated But Undefeated Blues (4:17)
06. That’s All (5:47)
07. Easy Does It (4:03)
08. Sweet Georgia Brown (8:46)

Personnel:
Ray Brown – bass
Gene Harris – piano
Gerryck King – drums
Red Holloway – tenor saxophone
Emily Remler – guitar

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California in August 1984.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Bop, Standards
Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1985
Time: 45:39

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Chet Baker Quartet – When Sunny Gets Blue {SteepleChase}


Review by David Schiff ~amazon.com
This is Chet Baker near the end of his career, when his performances were often erratic. But here his horn sounds great. His voice, however, is that of a broken man, but in an odd way that adds to the beauty of the recording.

Tracklist:
01. Long Ago and Far Away (6:09)
02. Here’s That Rainy Day (7:06)
03. Two in the Dew (8:21)
04. I Should Care (Previously unissued) (8:39)
05. Out of Nowhere (Previously unissued) (5:22)
06. When Sunny Gets Blue (9:08)
07. Isn’t it Romantic (5:19)
08. You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To (7:18)

Personnel:
Chet Baker – trumpet & vocals
Butch Lacy – piano
Jesper Lundgaard – bass
Jukkis Uotila – drums

Recorded at Sound Track Studios, Copenhagen; on February 23, 1986.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Cool, West Coast
Label: SteepleChase
Year: 1988
Time: 57:22

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George Shearing & Ernestine Anderson – A Perfect Match {Concord}___vinyl-2-cd


Review by Scott Yanow
Pianist George Shearing and singer Ernestine Anderson (who had teamed up briefly at the 1987 Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival) collaborated on this full-length Concord release. With strong assistance from bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Jeff Hamilton, Shearing and Anderson mostly stick to standards and their versions uplift the veteran songs. “Body and Soul” is taken as a vocal-piano duet, while “The Best Thing for You” is given an instrumental treatment. Other highlights include Anderson’s vocals on “I’ll Take Romance,” a heartfelt “I Remember Clifford,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street” and “Some Other Time.” Perfect Match is an excellent outing for all concerned.

Tracklist:
01. Trust in Me (3:52)
02. I’ll Take Romance (2:40)
03. Body and Soul (4:46)
04. The Best Thing for You (3:33)
05. I Remember Clifford (4:54)
06. On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:13)
07. The Second Time Around (3:01)
08. Falling in Love with Love (4:29)
09. That’s for Me (3:52)
10. I Won’t Dance (5:29)
11. Some Other Time (2:25)
12. The Touch of Your Lips (3:30)

Personnel:
George Shearing – piano
Ernestine Anderson – vocals
Neil Swainson – bass
Jeff Hamilton – drums

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA; May 1988

Genre: Jazz
Style: Mainstream, Bop, Vocal Jazz
Label: Concord
Year: 1988
Time: 45:46

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Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Vol.2 “Intimacy Calling” {Columbia}


Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
Wynton Marsalis’s second of three standard albums was actually released after the third volume. On most of the selections, the brilliant trumpeter is heard in excellent form with his quartet (comprised of pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Reginald Veal or Robert Hurst and either Herlin Riley or Jeff Watts on drums); tenorman Todd Williams helps out on “I’ll Remember April” and altoist Wes Anderson is also added to “Crepuscule with Nellie.” Marsalis’s tone really makes the ballads worth hearing, and his unusual choice and placement of notes keeps the music stimulating. This mostly bop-oriented set is rounded off by a jaunty version of “Bourbon Street Parade.”

Tracklist:
01. When it’s Sleepytime Down South (5:11)
02. You Don’t Know What Love Is (6:24)
03. Indelible and Nocturnal (4:11)
04. I’ll Remember April (8:34)
05. Embraceable You (7:16)
06. Crepuscule With Nellie (3:04)
07. What is This Thing Called Love? (6:30)
08. The End of a Love Affair (3:13)
09. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (5:16)
10. Lover (5:06)
11. Yesterdays (9:36)
12. Bourbon Street Parade (5:47)

Personnel:
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Todd Williams – tenor saxophone
Wes Anderson – alto saxophone
Marcus Roberts – piano
Robert Hurst, Reginald Veal – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts, Herlin Riley – drums

Recorded digitally at BMG Studio A, in New York City;
between September 1987 and August 1990.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Neo Bop, Standards
Label: Columbia
Year: 1991
Time: 70:08

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Stan Getz – Bossas and Ballads: The Lost Sessions {Verve}


Review by Thom Jurek ~allmusic.com
First off, these “Lost Sessions” were never actually lost. The music here was supposed to be released as the Stan Getz Quartet’s first issue on A&M, and for the usual record company reasons, it was shelved instead. The tapes were in the vault and catalogs, so it’s not like they were found in someone’s closet. The bottom line is that Getz, already ill at this point, still had the goods. Produced by Herb Alpert (a genius in his own right even if his records don’t always hold up), the bossas here are tough, innovative jazz tunes mainly written by Getz’s pianist, Kenny Barron. Don’t look for the gentle side of Getz that was so beautifully displayed on his early bossa records with Charlie Byrd and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Instead, this is the man who had reinvented his playing technique. With a strong foil in Barron, Getz was free to explore his form of melodic improvisation to a fuller and wider extent, which is evident if you simply check out his solos on Barron’s “Sunshower” and “El Sueno,” and Mal Waldron’s classic ballad “Soul Eyes.” Interestingly, this was Barron’s date as much as it was Getz’s. His compositions and musical direction are key here, and he was trying to get deeper into and stretch the samba groove in his writing. Finding Getz in such an adventurous space in his playing allowed for this. With a rhythm section that includes bassist George Mraz and drummer Victor Lewis, this disc is essential not only for fans of Getz and Barron, but for real jazzheads.

Tracklist:
01. Sunshower (7:21)
02. Yours and Mine (8:01)
03. Joanne Julia (7:51)
04. Soul Eyes (7:24)
05. Spiral (7:55)
06. Beatrice (8:15)
07. The Wind (8:57)
08. El Sueno (6:37)
09. Feijoada (6:24)

Personnel:
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone
Kenny Barron – piano
George Mraz – bass
Victor Lewis – drums

Recorded & mixed by Al Schmitt
Mastered by Doug sax and Robert Hadley
Produced by Herb Alpert

Recorded March 1989 at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood: track 6 on March 26;
tracks 1, 3-5 and 7 on March 28; tracks 2,8 and 9 on March 29

Genre: Jazz
Style: Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova
Label: Verve
Year: 2003
Time: 68:44

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Ella Fitzgerald – Ella for Lovers {Verve} “Russian Print”


Review by Tim Sendra ~allmusic.com
This 16-track collection features Ella Fitzgerald in a variety of musical settings singing romantic songs of love. The disc covers the years 1950 to 1961 with songs taken from the Verve and Decca archives. Four songs are culled from Intimate Ella, which has pianist Paul Smith as her sole accompanist. For the six songs from Pure Ella, she is backed by the wonderful pianist Ellis Larkins. A lovely take from this session on the Gershwin brothers “I’ve Got a Crush on You” is a highlight of the compilation. Two tracks are lifted from the gently swinging Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! with backing by a small combo. Three songs are extracted from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Songbook; two with small-combo backing including Paul Smith on piano, one, the haunting “Wait Till You See Her,” with Barney Kessel providing guitar. The disc closes out with a song taken from Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book. “Russian Lullaby” is a spare track with Fitzgerald’s majestic vocals supported by viola and harp. Fitzgerald sounds marvelous throughout, she could sing your phone bill and make it sound like a heavenly choir, and the song selection is top notch. There are a lot of Ella Fitzgerald collections available, this is a solid if not essential addition to them and also a nice disc for a romantic evening.

Tracklist:
01. I Got a Guy (3:46)
02. I Hadn’t Anyone Till You (2:51)
03. Please Be Kind (3:36)
04. How Long has This Been Going On? (3:16)
05. With a Song in My Heart (2:47)
06. Baby, What Else can I Do? (3:50)
07. I’ve Got a Crush on You (3:16)
08. My Melancholy Baby (2:59)
09. Wait Till You See Her (1:32)
10. You’re My Thrill (3:39)
11. Misty (2:55)
12. What is There to Say? (3:23)
13. Bewitched (7:05)
14. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (2:38)
15. Imagination (2:37)
16. Russian Lullaby (1:52)

Personnel:
Ella Fitzgerald – vocals
Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel – guitar
Ellis Larkins, Lou Levy, Paul Smith – piano
Gus Johnson , Stan Levey, Alvin Stoller – drums
Wilfred Middlebrooks, Joe Mondragon – bass

Recorded at: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; New York, NY;
Nola Recording Studio, New York, NY; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA;
United Recorders, Hollywood, CA.; between 1950 – 1961.
Compilation producer: Bryan Koniarz.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Vocal Jazz, Standards
Label: Verve (Russian Print)
Year: 2003
Time: 52:01

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