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Nancy Wilson - The Great American Songbook (2 CD) (2005)

9-06-2014, 07:13
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Nancy Wilson - The Great American Songbook (2 CD) (2005)

Artist: Nancy Wilson
Title Of Album: The Great American Songbook
Year Of Release: 2005
Label: Blue Note
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 109:23 Min
Total Size: 265 Mb


Disc 1
1. All Of You
2. The Things We Did Last Summer
3. The More I See You
4. The Nearness Of You
5. Never Will I Marry
6. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
7. Little Girl Blue
8. Tonight
9. Sometimes I'm Happy
10. Secret Love
11. A Sleepin' Bee
12. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
13. On The Street Where You Live
14. You Don't Know What Love Is
15. This Time The Dream's On Me
16. Sophisticated Lady
17. Dearly Beloved
18. My Ship
19. My Shining Hour
20. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
21. Back In Your Own Back Yard
22. People Will Say We're In Love

Disc 2
1. Bewitched
2. Try A Little Tenderness
3. At Long Last Love
4. In A Sentimental Mood
5. When The Sun Comes Out
6. The Very Thought Of You
7. Like Someone In Love
8. Angel Eyes
9. My One And Only Love
10. The Song Is You
11. Lush Life
12. It Never Entered My Mind
13. Prelude To A Kiss
14. By Myself
15. Glad To Be Unhappy
16. Time After Time
17. Hello, Dolly!
18. Someone To Watch Over Me
19. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

The Great American Songbook has many top-drawer interpreters, but Nancy Wilson is rarely spoken of in the same breath as Ella Fitzgerald or Dinah Washington or Frank Sinatra or Mel Tormé. The reason lies less with her talents, which are sizeable, and more with her orientation, which fits the show tunes concept of putting the song across with precise diction as well as emotion instead of the jazz vocal tradition of personalizing a song. Those who know only Wilson's crossover work and think she intrudes in the field of vocal jazz should simply listen to her 1959 performance of "On the Street Where You Live," where she often varies notes and tempo but preserves the essential ebullience of the song intact an excellent musical performance combined with an excellent reading of a classic standard.
That song is only one of the treasures present on the two-disc set The Great American Songbook, one in a loose series of three Capitol compilations to compile Wilson's late '50s and early '60s prime, the others focusing on blues ballads and lost love. There is a lot of music to wade through (more than twice as much as the other volumes in the series), but the compilers ably mix up the proceedings, balancing small-group performances that have a loose touch from all involved with large-band spectaculars featuring impeccable arrangements (often by masters of the form Billy May or Gerald Wilson). (John Bush)

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