Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Great Jazz Vocalists Sing The Gershwin Songbook
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Similarly Requested CDs
Member CD Reviews
Robert S. (stoner2) from LOS ANGELES, CA
Reviewed on 10/28/2009...
Choice picks of Gershwin Standrds. Jazz influence is soft and will appeal to most.
Don H. (madcity) from MADISON, WI
Reviewed on 4/17/2007...
Great selection of songs by such greats as Sarah Vaughn, Nat King Cole,Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae and many others. 16 songs in all.
Shining proof that The Gershwin Songbook is very special
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Great Jazz Vocalists Sing The Gershwin Songbook has an excellent collection of Gershwin songs performed by some of the very best singers of the entire twentieth century. I'm very impressed; the sound quality is excellent. I also like that artwork!
The King Cole Trio starts things off with their elegant interpretation of "Embraceable You." Nat King Cole sings with panache and the piano is perfect for this sensitive number. "Embraceable You" is a sublime beginning for this album. "The Man I Love" is performed by Carmen McRae; and Carmen gives this the royal treatment. She sings an opening verse and when she comes in on the main portion of the ballad this number truly takes flight! I love it! There's also Chet Baker doing his best--and succeeding--on "But Not For Me." Listen to that music, too!
Sarah Vaughan's "I Got Rhythm" is upbeat and jazzy; Sarah does this better than anyone else ever could! The sharp musical arrangement that accompanies Sarah complements her vocals perfectly. Nancy Wilson also does a wonderful interpretation of "Someone To Watch Over Me." This very romantic ballad gives Nancy the chance to open up that set of pipes--and she doesn't pass on this opportunity! Nancy sings as clear as a bell and I can really appreciate this number.
June Christy does "They Can't Take That Away From Me" with panache, heart and soul. The overall effect is very elegant; and the melody is very pretty, too. June Christy sure could sing! Beverly Kenney also does a great job with "It Ain't Necessarily So;" this tune is definitely a major highlight of this album. You're bound to like it.
The great Peggy Lee comes in on "Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?" This tune showcases Peggy's excellent vocal talents front and center--right where they belong! Peggy sings this song so well it's like listening to pure silk; I always liked Peggy Lee very much. Dakota Staton does her best on "A Foggy Day" and this shines like gold when Dakota Staton sings it flawlessly.
"Johnny Hartman" sings "How Long Has This Been Going On" with all his heart and soul; and it works well for this ballad. The album ends very nicely with Nina Simone pouring her heart out on "Summertime" from Porgy And Bess. Nina sings this with great sensitivity and it's a fine number on this CD.
This is an excellent album for people who love the great Gershwin music; and people who appreciate classic pop vocals will want this for their collections as well.
The genuis of Gershwin via a diverse mix of singers.
jim aldridge | Colorado, USA | 02/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nina Simone's smoldering "Summertime" is worth the price of the disc! I have tracked down at least 8 copies of this disc to give to family & friends. Always uplifting to listen to."