These recordings are deservedly legendary, for they are inimitable. Art Tatum's astounding technique and improvisational genius would be the envy of any sort of pianist, anywhere. These tunes are the ... (Read More)
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He was the dancer par excellence, but Fred Astaire's smooth and ingratiating vocal delivery also earned him the respect of such songwriters as the Gershwin brothers, Cole Porter, and Irving ... (Read More)
Mildred Bailey, vocals. Mary Lou Williams, piano. Floyd Smith, guitar. Red Norvo, xylophone. George Wettling, drums, & others.
Label: International Music. Format: CD.
UPC: 4011222214119. Daedalus Item Code: 47840
One of the first white singers to incorporate the innovations of black jazz and blues, Mildred Bailey adored the music of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, and Connie Boswell, and she was an early ... (Read More)
It's hard to pick just 20 songs from Tony Bennett's six-decade career, given his track record, you can be sure that all the selections on this disc are classics. Backed by an orchestra, Bennett ... (Read More)
Bill Frisell & Greg Leisz, guitars. Tony Scherr, bass. Kenny Wollesen, percussion.
Label: OKeh. Format: CD.
UPC: 888430746121. Daedalus Item Code: 49745
"After playing for more than 50 years," says guitar wizard Bill Frisell, "it just feels right to once again play some of the music which shaped my consciousness." Whether you remember them fondly or ... (Read More)
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Billy Taylor, piano. Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone. Chip Jackson, bass. Carl Allen, drums.
Label: Mcg Jazz. Format: CD.
UPC: 612262102523. Daedalus Item Code: 47991
Two supreme jazz masters amaze and delight in this 1993 concert from Pittsburgh's Manchester Craftmen's Guild. The 10 selections include "Just You, Just Me," "All the Things You Are," and "Laura." ... (Read More)
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Previously unreleased, this stunning duo date by jazz masters Charlie Haden (whom we lost, sadly, in July of this year) and Jim Hall was recorded at the 1990 Montreal International Jazz Festival. ... (Read More)
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Billie Holiday, Artie Shaw, Fred Astaire, Benny Goodman, Nina Simone, Frankie Laine, Stephane Grappelli, Ella Fitzgerald & others.
Label: Fuel 2000 Records. Format: 2 cutout CDs, boxed.
UPC: 030206172829. Daedalus Item Code: 47765
The songs of the Gershwin Brothers and Cole Porter dominated Hollywood, Broadway, recordings, and airwaves for a significant part of the 20th century, and they show no signs of fading away. ... (Read More)
Count Basie, piano & bandleader. Jimmy Rushing, vocals. Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone, & many others.
Label: Direct Source. Format: 4 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 779836349422. Daedalus Item Code: 46163
These 56 examples of the Basie Band's infectious, Kansas City swing were recorded from 1937 to 1949. They include "Swingin' at the Daisy Chain," "John's Idea," "Time Out," "Sent for You Yesterday ... (Read More)
Count Basie, piano. Henry Coker, trombone. Joe Newman, trumpet, & others.
Label: Verve. Format: CD.
UPC: 731452140227. Daedalus Item Code: 39175
Recorded in the mid-1950s, this album is named after one of the Basie band's most crowd-pleasing tunes, but it has a plethora of other superb songs and arrangements showcasing its collective chops as ... (Read More)
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When the Canadian soprano Deana Durbin passed away on April 20, 2013, she had already been retired from show biz for 63 years; that might be why "Winnipeg's Golden Girl" seems eternally youthful to ... (Read More)
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