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Every Day: Best of the Verve Years
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Joe Williams has had something of a roller-coaster career. Even though he was singing with Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, and Andy Kirk in the '40s, he didn't really become a star until he recorded "Every Day I Have the ... more »
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Joe Williams has had something of a roller-coaster career. Even though he was singing with Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, and Andy Kirk in the '40s, he didn't really become a star until he recorded "Every Day I Have the Blues" with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1955. After several more hit singles, Williams left Basie in 1961 and enjoyed a comfortable if low-key career until 1987, when Verve Records raised his profile with a series of bestselling jazz albums in much the same way they resuscitated Shirley Horn's career. These two high points in the Williams catalog are mined for this delightful two-CD package. --Geoffrey Himes
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One of the true masters.
Reyes Hawk | texas | 04/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I could sing like anyone who has recorded in the last 100 years, I would choose Joe Williams. Lou Rawls felt pretty much the same way, admitting that early in his career he patterned his style after that of Mr. Williams. The first of these discs reprises his career with the Count Basie Orchestra while the second is a collection of songs from his "revival" period in the 80s and is live tracks with a small group. Both are superb examples of a master. If you're not familiar with Joe Williams, this is an excellent introductory set. If you are, get it anyway, you won't regret it."