The appealing and influential "crooning" vocal style of Harry Lillis ("Bing") Crosby (1903–77) came along just as electrical recording and sound amplification allowed intimate singing to be ... (Read More)
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Ol' Blue Eyes is in fine voice for these early-career recordings of some Christmas standards, heard here with the orchestral arrangements of Axel Stordahl. There's plenty of swinging on "Jingle ... (Read More)
The 11 songs on this 1964 album range from 1934's peppy "The Continental" to 1962's haunting "Days of Wine and Roses." Other moody tunes include "Moon River," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "Love Is a ... (Read More)
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This five-disc set of previously unreleased live performances captures Frank Sinatra at the Sands in 1961 and 1966 (the latter with the Basie Orchestra led by Quincy Jones); at the Circus Maximus in ... (Read More)
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Renowned for his trio performances and innovative collaborations, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist/composer Fred Hersch steps out on his own for this solo disc. The New York Times described ... (Read More)
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Earl Wild & Peter Nero, pianos. Boston Pops. Arthur Fiedler, conductor.
Label: RCA Victor. Format: CD.
UPC: 090266083428. Daedalus Item Code: 57066
With his matchless ability to write engaging works for both the cabaret and the concert hall, George Gershwin holds a unique place in American music. In pianist Earl Wild, conductor Arthur Fiedler, ... (Read More)
Joey DeFrancesco, organ. Bobby Hutcherson, vibes. Ron Blake, saxophone. Jake Langley, guitar, & others.
Label: Concord Jazz. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 013431230625. Daedalus Item Code: 57816
At the age of 16, organist Joey DeFrancesco was a finalist at the first Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition; less than 30 years later, this native of Springfield, Pennsylvania, has ... (Read More)
Lea DeLaria, vocals. Gil Goldstein, piano & accordion. Christian McBride, bass. Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone. Bill Stewart, drums, & others.
Label: Telarc. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 089408550928. Daedalus Item Code: 57818
Although now well-known for her role as "Big Boo" on the Netflix program Orange is the New Black, Lea DeLaria has long cultivated a side career as a jazz singer. On this album of eclectic ... (Read More)
Louis Armstrong, trumpet & vocals. Johnny McGee, trumpet. Dave Barbour, guitar. Ray Brown, bass. Louis Bellson, drums, & others.
Label: Hip-O. Format: CD.
UPC: 602498828892. Daedalus Item Code: 59823
Louis Armstrong created a disproportionately large share of jazz's greatest recordings, and this 23-song retrospective has quite a few of them. Here are songs that Satchmo put his distinctive stamp ... (Read More)
It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since the debut of Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy," one of the all-time great theme songs and among the most familiar jazz tunes in history. Twelve of ... (Read More)