I Heard It On Npr:ladies Jazz It Up CD (2006)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview


Label National Public Radio
SKU 202593983
UPC 637402003621
UPC 14 00637402003621
Format CD
Release Date 5/5/2006
Author Various
Technical Info
CatalogID 36
Lable Name NPR National Public Radio
Released 05/02/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Mixed
UPC 00637402003621
Album Notes and Credits
Compilations from radio stations are often dodgy affairs, and jazz compilations from radio stations usually fare even worse. Therein lies the surprise that should greet most discriminating listeners when they cue up I Heard It on NPR: Ladies Jazz It Up, which is very difficult to beat as the best single-disc summation of female vocal jazz in the history of the recording medium. Every one of the landmark figures appears early on (basically in chronological order), and each of them -- Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington -- is represented with material at or near her peak (that means the '50s for all but Holiday, who appears in a 1933 recording of "Some Other Spring"). Vaughan transforms a standard as she did so well, O'Day injects yet more energy into a song that should have been sapped long before, Fitzgerald treats a Duke Ellington standard as though she thinks she's an instrumental soloist, and Holiday transmits languorous despair perfectly. The second half of the compilation moves into the modern era with more of its best figures, includingCarmen McRae, Shirley Horn, and on the last performance, a live trio recording of "Almost Like Being in Love" by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marian McPartland, and Nancy Wilson. ~ John Bush
Disc 1
1 Embraceable You - Sarah Vaughan
2 Love Me Or Leave Me - Anita O'Day
3 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You - Massimo Fara?
4 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Ella Fitzgerald
5 Some Other Spring - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
6 Don't Go To Strangers - Etta Jones
7 Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington
8 Best Is Yet To Come, The - Carmen McRae
9 But Beautiful - Shirley Horn
10 Inner City Blues - Carla Cook
11 Say It (Over And Over Again) - Karrin Allyson
12 I Love Being Here With You - Diana Krall
13 Almost Like Being in Love - Dee Dee Bridgewater/Marian McPartland/Massimo Fara?/Nancy Wilson
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