Albums I Recommend
In this space I’m going to recommend one album (Jazz Vocal, Traditional Pop, Jazz Instrumental or whatever takes my fancy) a week.
Some will be modern, newly released albums, others might be out of my collection and now difficult to obtain except by rummaging through collections at garage sales, markets or in second hand stores.
However, remember these are my own private judgments, and I’m not too worried about other critics’ opinions.
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Holly Cole recorded the album 'Girl Talk' in 1990, when she was 33, with bassist David Piltch and pianist Aaron Davis.
It's a mixture of 'standards' (My Foolish Heart, Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most, My Baby Just Cares for Me, How long Has This Been Going On) and some more modern selections (Cruisin') and straight pop (Downtown).
It is an album that is well worth listening to if only for the elegant piano accompaniment of Aaron Davis, the steady bass backing of David Piltch, an up tempo Sax solo of John Johnson on 'Cruisin'', and the trumpet solo of John MacLeod on 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'.
This is Holly Cole's 'My Foolish Heart' from the album 'Girl Talk'.
Not from the album 'Our Favourite Songs', but a nice song all the same.
Rita Reys and her husband, Pim Jacobs recorded this intimate album in 1973 with bassist Ruud Jacobs and drummer Peter Ypma.
No big orchestra, no strings, just four excellent musicians playing great songs. It really is late at night music: when you are cuddled up with a lover in front of a log fire, a glass of wine by your side.
A very personal collection of songs which includes two Hoagy Carmichael standards: 'Two Sleepy People' and 'The Nearness of You', and Rogers and Hart's: 'My Funny Valentine' and 'Where or When'.
An excellent album which should be in every discerning listener’s collection.
Sarah Lazarus is an American jazz singer, who lives in France with her husband, saxophonist, Eric Breton.
On the album, 'It's All Right With Me', she sings a delicious version of 'Taking a Chance on Love', which features gipsy guitarist Biréli Lagrène.
The album is well worth getting, expecially if you enjoy fine jazz singing with wonderful guitar accompaniment.
Click the video to hear 'Taking a Chance on Love', the album cover to buy the CD.
Cheek to Cheek - and check out the musicians:
Ray Brown - bass
Barney Kessel - guitar
Oscar Peterson - piano
Alvin Stoller - drums
Charlie Shavers - trumpet
Flip Phillips - tenor saxophone
Fred Astaire probably introduced more popular songs to the world than any other singer.
In 1952 Norman Granz produced a double LP set of some of the most famous of Fred’s songs, but using a small group backing of musicians from ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’.
The album's song selection provides an overview of Astaire's singing career although Astaire also demonstrates his tap dancing on three tracks and there is one informal instrumental Jam session.
Oscar Peterson spoke warmly of the sessions that produced The Astaire Story in his autobiography, noting that vocally, Astaire was naturally attuned to jazz phrasing.
It’s an album well worth having in your collection.