Terry M. (tmulcahy) from ALBUQUERQUE, NM Reviewed on 12/28/2015...
Great stuff. Well worth listening to. Really, this is a roster of some the greatest jazz musicians ever.
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"What A Diff'rence A Day Made . . . And The Diff'rence Is Yo
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | CA USA | 03/30/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you want to listen to a huge variety of jazz icons all together in one CD, then you're in for a delight with this outstanding compilation CD. Most of the famous jazz giants are represented here - from the majestic royalties Count Basie and Duke Ellington to the original divas Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, and not to mention Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie and Wes Montgomery.
Louis Armstrong opens up with Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" and invites you for a "trip to the moon on gossamer wings." Sarah Vaughan presents her tantalizing vocals in "Lullaby of Birdland" and shows off her versatility in scat singing. Stan Getz performs a Bossa Nova staple "The Girl From Ipanema" with vocals from the husband-and-wife team of João and Astrud Gilberto.
Bill Evans contributes his delicate touch on the ivories as he plays "Here's That Rainy Day." Every tune that Mr. Evans plays becomes a beautiful masterpiece. Erroll Garner plays his signature composition "Misty" with an enchanting arrangement making it one of the best tracks. Count Basie wraps up this presentation with a beautiful tune that takes you back to the fifties, "April In Paris," a composition by Vernon Duke and Yip Harburg.
The First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald does a swinging Rodgers & Hart song, "Everything I've Got" while Dinah Washington sings another beautiful version of Maria Grover and Stanley Adams' "What A Diff'rence A Day Made" (the other fabulous version is found in Diana Ross' charming album, Blue).
"What a diff'rence a day made Twenty-four little hours Brought the sun and the flowers Where there used to be rain
My yesterday was blue, dear Today, I'm a part of you, dear My lonely nights are thru, dear Since you said you were mine
What a diff'rence a day makes There's a rainbow before me Skies above can't be stormy Since that moment of bliss
That thrilling kiss It's heaven when you find romance on your menu What a diff'rence a day made And the diff'rence is...you"
With this CD, there is something wonderful to unfold if you're a fan of any of these jazz greats. If you're a fan of all of them, then so much the better. It's very rare to find an incredible collection such as this. It's a rare find...so check this out and enjoy!
Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* | 07/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually I would have content buying this CD if only one of the songs were on it - Wes Montgomery ... mmm, good!joshua"
A wonderful collection
G. Sawaged | Canada | 12/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the perfect cd, not only for people wanting to get into jazz but for jazz lovers in general, who like a bit of variety. Here you have vocal as well as instrumental songs. There are a lot (16) of the BIG names, Louis, Oscar, Dizzy, Sarah, Duke, Chick, Ella, Wes, Nina, Charlie, Bill, Dinah, Stan, Erroll, Billie and Count; none of whom need to have their surnames added. Every song on this disc rates 10 stars. How could it not? Highly recommended."