Dee Dee Bridgewater
- Strange Fruit - Reedist
James Carter should be much better known outside jazz circles. This is
from Gardenias For Lady Day, 2003.
- Miser's Serenade (from Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland, 1954)
Bill Gates's theme song?
- It Ain't Necessarily So (from The Complete Quartets With Sonny
Clark, 1962) That's Art Blakey on drums and Sam Jones on bass.
- I Want To Hold Your Hand (from I Want To Hold Your Hand,
1965). With Hank Mobley, Larry Young and Elvin Jones.
- Wonder Why (from Milt Jackson,
Prestige LP7003, 1955). Compare Sarah Vaughan's extraordinary version
with this straight-ahead rendition.
- For Someone I Love (from
Sunflower, 1972). This is one of my favorite recordings of all
time. The album includes Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Jay Beliner,
Ron Carter and Billy Cobham.
- II B.S. (from Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, 1963)
|By any standard, Sinatra still had a good voice when he recorded with Bono
in 1993. But compare that rendition with this one, recorded thirty years
earlier in his prime. No one--not Sarah, not Ella, not Billie--could have
done it better than he did.
Wonder Why (from After Hours, 1961)
Mundell Lowe, guitar
Peter Gunn (from Sings The Mancini Songbook, 1964)
I've Got The World On A String (from How Long Has This Been
Going On?, 1978) - With Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson and Ray
To Say Goodbye (from Cocacapana, 1979)
- From This Moment
On (from Send In The Clowns, 1981) This is not to be
confused with the 1974 album of the same name. You don't want to make that
- Moanin' (A Bobby
Timmons tune from Sarah Sings Soulfully, 1963)
- When Sonny Gets Blue
(from Plus Two, with guitar giant Barney Kessel.)
1From the liner notes of Sinatra and Strings... "This
Stardust, incidentally, is something special. Hoagy Carmichael
equipped his great song with a verse that is, musically, just as interesting
as the chorus and Mitchell Parish lavished some of his loveliest lyrics on
it. But, despite this, the verse is rarely played or sung. In this
arrangement, Costa has written a glowing introduction that builds towards a
beautifully phrased rendition of the verse by Sinatra, a performance that
brings out all the miraculous qualities of this neglected masterpiece. And
after the song is all finished, see if you notice something unusual,
anything strange. You should. This is the most unusual version of
Stardust that has ever been recorded--because Sinatra doesn't sing
the famous chorus at all. It is skipped completely. Everything is focused
on the verse giving it the attention and recognition that has long been its