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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Body And Soul
Various Artists Lovely Jazz The Ladies Sing 00:06:19

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Edward Heyman, ComposerLyricist - Frank Eyton, ComposerLyricist - Robert Sour, ComposerLyricist - Red Mitchell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry "Sweets" Edison, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - JIMMY ROWLES, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John W. Green, ComposerLyricist - Alvin Stoller, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
The Girl From Ipanema
Various Artists Jazz 00:05:23

Norman Gimbel, ComposerLyricist - Astrud Gilberto, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vinicius De Moraes, ComposerLyricist - António Carlos Jobim, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joao Gilberto, MainArtist - Stan Getz, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Williams, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Milton Banana, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Summer Samba (So Nice)
Astrud Gilberto Ipanema Girl: The Very Best Of 00:02:38

Norman Gimbel, ComposerLyricist - Marcos Valle, ComposerLyricist - Astrud Gilberto, MainArtist - Bobby Rosengarden, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claudio Slon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Walter Wanderley, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Paulo Sergio Kostenbader Valle, ComposerLyricist - Jose Marino, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Cuchy Frito Man
Cal Tjader Soul Burst 00:02:22

Cal Tjader, MainArtist - Ray Rivera, ComposerLyricist - Vin Roddie, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1966 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
The Look Of Love
Diana Krall The Look Of Love 00:04:42

Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Burt Bacharach, Composer - Hal David, Author - CLAUS OGERMAN, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Luis Conte, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Christian McBride, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Erskine, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Krall, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Romero Lubambo, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2001 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music GmbH

6
The Cat
Jimmy Smith The Cat 00:03:24

Jimmy Buffington, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Kraus, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - George Duvivier, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Lalo Schifrin, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Thad Jones, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Glow, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Studd, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Grady Tate, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ernie Royal, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Burrell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Byers, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Smith, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Marky Markowitz, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maxwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Earl Chapin, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Alonge, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Correa, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Caravan
Wes Montgomery Movin' Wes 00:02:36

Quentin Jackson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Grady Tate, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ernie Royal, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Cranshaw, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Scott, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Juan Tizol, ComposerLyricist - Jerome Richardson, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Willie Bobo, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Pate, Conductor - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Chauncey Welsch, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Snooky Young, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Don Butterfield, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Harvey Phillips, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Someday My Prince Will Come (Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, 1968)
Bill Evans At The Montreux Jazz Festival 00:06:08

HELEN KEANE, Producer - Larry Morey, Author - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Churchill, Composer - Eddie Gomez, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Schwarz, Editor, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Pierre Granjean, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jean-Claude Martin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Mack The Knife (Live In Berlin/1960)
Various Artists Jazz #1's 00:04:56

Kurt Weill, ComposerLyricist - Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - MARC BLITZSTEIN, ComposerLyricist - Jim Hall, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bertolt Brecht, ComposerLyricist - Paul Smith, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Johnson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Paul Smith Quartet, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Norman Granz, Producer - Wilfred Middlebrooks, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1960 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Charlie Parker, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Percy Heath, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Al Haig, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Parker Quartet, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1953 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
And Then She Stopped
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy's Diamonds - Best Of The Verve Years 00:03:20

Dizzy Gillespie, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Cheek To Cheek (Album Version)
Various Artists Romantic Jazz 00:05:48

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Armstrong, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Ellis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Peterson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Bregman, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Hugo Cipolatti, Adapter

℗ 1956 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Erroll Garner, Composer - Wes Montgomery, MainArtist

℗ 1965 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
What A Wonderful World (Single Version)
Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World 00:02:19

Tommy Goodman, Conductor - Unknown, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Armstrong, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Grady Tate, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Allen Hanlon, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - GEORGE DAVID WEISS, ComposerLyricist - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jerome Richardson, Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - J.J. Johnson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, ComposerLyricist - Bob Thiele, Producer - Joe Wilder, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Savakus, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - EDDIE BRACKETT, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Simpson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Trimboli, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Art Ryerson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Markowitz, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Raymond Stanfield, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Willard Suyker, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Hard, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music GmbH, Austria

15
Comment Allez Vous
Blossom Dearie Blossom Dearie 00:02:12

Murray Grand, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Ellis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Blossom Dearie, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Bloomdido (Master Take)
Charlie Parker Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes 00:03:24

Thelonious Monk, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Parker, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Curly Russell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
I'm Late, I'm Late (45rpm Issue)
Stan Getz Focus 00:02:28

Stan Getz, Tenor Saxophone, Main Artist - Gerald Tarack, Violin - Norman Carr, Violin - Alan Martin, Violin - Jacob Glick, Viola - Bruce Rogers, Cello - John Neves, Double Bass - Roy Haynes, Drums - Hershy Kay, Conductor - Eddie Sauter, Recording Arranger, Main Artist, Composer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1961 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
(I Was) Born To Be Blue
Ella Fitzgerald Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! 00:02:44

Ella Fitzgerald, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mel TORME, ComposerLyricist - Robert Wells, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mondragon, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Levy, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Stan Levy, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Ellis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1961 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Celia
Bud Powell Jazz Giant 00:03:01

Bud Powell, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Max Roach, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Desafinado (Stereo Version)
Stan Getz Stan Getz: Verve Ultimate Cool 00:04:14

António Carlos Jobim, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Joao Gilberto, MainArtist - Stan Getz, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Newton Ferreira de Mendonca, ComposerLyricist - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
You Go To My Head
Billie Holiday Jazz 'Round Midnight 00:02:58

Barney Kessel, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - J. Fred Coots, ComposerLyricist - Dizzy Gillespie, ComposerLyricist - Oscar Peterson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Stoller, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Shavers, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Flip Phillips, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Shiny Stockings (Album Version)
The Count Basie Orchestra April In Paris 00:05:14

Count Basie, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Foster, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Count Basie and his Orchestra, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1956 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group International

23
Dark Eyes
Dizzy Gillespie For Musicians Only 00:12:09

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Stitt, MainArtist - Dizzy Gillespie, MainArtist - Stan Getz, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1958 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
Down By The Riverside (Album Version)
Oliver Nelson The Argo, Verve And Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions 00:10:01

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Oliver Nelson, Arranger, Recording Arranger, Work Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, MainArtist - Jimmy Smith, MainArtist - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

25
Plus Je T'embrasse
Blossom Dearie Give Him The Ooh-La-La 00:02:30

Ben Ryan, ComposerLyricist - Max Francois, Translator - RAY BROWN, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Ellis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Blossom Dearie, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1958 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

26
Travelin'
Kenny Burrell Blue Bash 00:05:29

Kenny Burrell, Composer, MainArtist - Jimmy Smith, MainArtist - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

27
Autumn Leaves
Gene Ammons Boss Tenors 00:06:33

Sonny Stitt, MainArtist - Gene Ammons, MainArtist

CoolNote CoolNote

28
You Rascal You (1983 Satchmo Version)
Louis Armstrong Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography 00:03:16

Louis Armstrong, MainArtist - Sy Oliver, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Milt Gabler, Producer - Sam Theard, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 UMG Recordings, Inc.

29
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Dizzy Gillespie Dizzy 100 00:05:42

Dorothy Fields, Author - Sonny Stitt, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Persip, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy McHugh, Composer - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Tommy Bryant, Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1957 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

30
Louise
Lester Young & Teddy Wilson Pres & Teddy 00:05:18

Teddy Wilson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Robin, Author - Lester Young, MainArtist - Richard A. Whiting, Composer - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Teddy Wilson Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1956 UMG Recordings, Inc.

31
Milestones (Album Version)
Oliver Nelson The Argo, Verve And Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions 00:04:10

Richard Davis, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Quentin Jackson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ashton, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Newman, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Studd, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Davis, ComposerLyricist - Grady Tate, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ernie Royal, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Bank, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Oliver Nelson, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jerome Richardson, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Baretto, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Woods, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Melba Liston, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Smith, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry Dodgion, Woodwinds, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Maxwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Val Valentin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

32
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Tal Farlow The Swinging Guitar Of Tal Farlow 00:05:45

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Vinnie Burke, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Costa, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Tal Farlow, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1956 UMG Recordings, Inc.

33
Baby I'm A Fool
Melody Gardot My One And Only Thrill (Special Edition) 00:03:31

Bruce Dukov, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Corbett, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Joel Derouin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vince Mendoza, Conductor, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Olson, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Natalie Leggett, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Foster, Orchestra Leader, AssociatedPerformer - Helik Hadar, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Darius Campo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Liane Mautner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Alma Fernandez, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Connolly, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roberto Cani, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Solomon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Formicola, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Dembowski, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Miran Kojian, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Pendergast, Bass Guitar, Musical Director, AssociatedPerformer - Melody Gardot, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joe Soldo, Orchestra Contractor, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Patierno, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Amy Shulma, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2009 Universal Classics & Jazz

34
Laura
Various Artists Cool - Jazz 00:02:57

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Parker, MainArtist - David Raksin, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Brown, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Leighton, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Brown, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lipman, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Zelly Smirnoff, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Singer, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Howard Kay, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Rand, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Melnikoff, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Verley Mills, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Isadore Zir, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Caplan, Violin, Concertmaster, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1950 UMG Recordings, Inc.

35
Alone Again (Naturally)
Diana Krall Wallflower (The Complete Sessions) 00:03:51

DAVID FOSTER, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger - Jochem Van Der Saag, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Jorge Vivo, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Bublé, MainArtist - Gilbert O'sullivan, ComposerLyricist - Diana Krall, MainArtist - Chris Walden, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2014 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

36
The Poet
Tigran Hamasyan Shadow Theater 00:04:17

Nate Wood, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Wendel, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tigran Hamasyan, Producer, Arranger, Interprète Vocal, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Sam Minaie, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Areni Agbabian, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Decca Records France

37
April In Paris
The Count Basie Orchestra April In Paris 00:03:47

Wild Bill Davis, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Count Basie, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Green, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eddie Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - E.Y. HARBURG, Composer - Vernon Duke, Author - Sonny Payne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Count Basie and his Orchestra, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.

38
Impressions (1965/Live In New York)
Wes Montgomery Verve Jazz Masters 14 00:05:04

John Coltrane, ComposerLyricist - Paul Chambers, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Wes Montgomery, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cobb, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Kelly Trio, MainArtist - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.

39
'S Wonderful / They Can't Take That Away From Me
Various Artists Lovely Jazz The Ladies Sing 00:02:55

George Gershwin, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, Author, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Ellis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Anita O'day, Producer, MainArtist - John Poole, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Peterson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Quartet, FeaturedArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

40
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald - Gold 00:04:00

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Ella Fitzgerald, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

41
Little Lulu (Master Take)
Bill Evans Trio 64 00:03:50

Sidney Lippman, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Kaye, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wise, ComposerLyricist - PAUL MOTIAN, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Peacock, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Simpson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

42
Desafinado
Various Artists Bossa Nova 00:05:49

António Carlos Jobim, ComposerLyricist - Stan Getz, MainArtist - NEWTON MENDONCA, ComposerLyricist - Bill Reichenbach, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Byrd, MainArtist - Buddy Deppenschmidt, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Byrd, Double Bass, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keter Betts, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

43
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Norman Granz Jam Session)
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Jam Session 00:15:52

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Parker, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Benny Carter, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY HODGES, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Peterson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Shavers, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Frank Miller, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Max Hollander, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Parker, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - E.Y. HARBURG, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Duke, ComposerLyricist - STAN FREEMAN, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mitch Miller, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Bronislaw Gimpel, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Myor Rosen, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Brieff, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Milton Lomask, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

45
More More Amor
Wes Montgomery California Dreaming 00:02:53

Wes Montgomery, MainArtist - Sol Lake, ComposerLyricist - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1966 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

46
Root Down (And Get It) (Live/1972)
Jimmy Smith Root Down - Live ! 00:07:44

WILTON FELDER, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Miller, Producer - Ed Greene, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimmy Smith, Hammond B3, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Humphrey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Adams, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Thigpen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Peterson, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1959 UMG Recordings, Inc.

48
Love Theme From 'Spartacus'
Bill Evans Conversations With Myself 00:05:08

Alex North, ComposerLyricist - Bill Evans, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1963 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

49
I Remember You
Lee Konitz Motion 00:04:26

Johnny Mercer, Author - Lee Konitz, MainArtist - Victor Schertzinger, Composer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Dallas, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1961 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

50
Stompy Jones
Duke Ellington Side By Side 00:06:41

Duke Ellington, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Harry "Sweets" Edison, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY HODGES, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Les Spann, Flute, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Al Hall, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1959 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

About Playlist

With Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Bill Evans, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Smith...

Bill Evans in 10 Albums

by Marc Zisman

Without him, Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau and a few thousand other jazz pianists would play differently. Forty years after his death, the legacy of Bill Evans hasn’t lost any of its influence. On the contrary, it is difficult to sort through his bottomless discography without finding even an incidental recording that doesn’t tower above 90% of the competition. Here are 10 of his albums, subjectively selected…

Conversations with Myself (Verve, 1963)
For his second album for Verve, Bill Evans’ two accomplices were… Bill Evans and Bill Evans. Conversations with Myself, as the title indicates, captures an exciting experience in re-recording. The pianist doesn’t just stack three overdubbed piano tracks upon each other but re-thinks his music in three very distinct ways. Each track is a state of mind from a full-fledged artist. Behind that schizophrenic façade, Evans conjures completely accomplished recordings. Within this gigantic mirror effect, the lyricism of his piano takes on an even more infinite dimension, as in the theme for director Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus composed by Alex North. In a few seconds, the listener forgets the novelty/gadget aspect to concentrate on the complex and beautiful melodic interlacing. Bill Evans would repeat the experience twice: in 1967 with Further Conversations with Myself and in 1978 with New Conversations on which he played a Fender Rhodes.

 

At the Montreux Jazz Festival (Verve, 1968)
While Bill Evans always forged long-term bonds with his bassists, his relationships with drummers was always, shall we say… complex? When he appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival on June 15, 1968 with Eddie Gómez, the Puerto Rican bassist who would spend more than a decade by his side, he had no idea that the 25-year-old musician behind the traps, who’d made his name in the Charles Lloyd’s group, was about to transform the incipient live album into a pure masterpiece. Jack DeJohnette was ready to shake up Evans’ art with playing that was muscular and above all, relevant. These are daring musical phrases that still swing mightily, their zenith being the nuclear solo in Nardis. Playing the pianist’s favourite repertoire – Some Day My Prince Will Come and A Sleepin’ Bee DeJohnette unfolds an unprecedented freshness that inspires Bill Evans and pushes him to play beyond his own boundaries. Small wonder that the young drummer also knew the piano well, having played it as his first instrument… And let’s not forget Eddie Gómez who, in his Embraceable You solo, reminds us that he is a musical daredevil, a bulwark against the temptations of prettiness or sentimentality, as Evans himself would say…

 

Intuition (Fantasy, 1975)
While the trio remained his favourite configuration, Bill Evans always liked to shake things up. Solo, sextet, big band/orchestra (the stunning Living Time conducted by George Russell) and duo, as on this superb album recorded in November 1974 in California with Eddie Gómez, undoubtedly the double bassist with whom he enjoyed the closest harmonic convergence after the late LaFaro. Still resistant to most “modernist” inclinations (in the midst of the jazz-rock/jazz-fusion boom), the musician nonetheless has fun with his Fender Rhodes. “Electric piano is an instrument I consider a bit like the celesta or glockenspiel”, he explained in an interview with Jazz Magazine when the album was released. “From time to time, it feels good, it’s refreshing, it diversifies the sound. For certain things, like fast pieces, it’s perfect… But I remain very attached to the acoustic. For me, playing nothing but electric piano would be a disaster. There are just a lot of things that don’t work. But it’s useful for adding a bit of contrast.” And Intuition certainly does bring a certain contrast to a musical palette that remains characteristically “Evans”. Sound engineer Don Cody used a very precise filter, the Maestro Phaser, to achieve a singular Rhodes sound that perfectly pairs with the acoustic piano. With no drummer, the two men venture even further in their melodic explorations, managing as always to avoid the pitfalls of sentimentality. “Playing with only a bassist opens up new possibilities, it widens the space of the sound.” And when that bass is as inspiring and adventurous as Gómez’, the sky’s the limit! Fans of this fabulous duo can enjoy them further on the albums Eloquence (1975) and Montreux III (1976). 

You Must Believe in Spring (Warner Bros., 1981)
And if you could only keep one album… Recorded in August 1977 at Capitol studios in Los Angeles, the poignant You Must Believe in Spring, released 5 months after Bill Evans’ death, is a new pinnacle of pure musical beauty – distilled in sadness. The indispensable Eddie Gómez is obviously in the house, but steps lightly here, less voluble than usual. Drummer Eliot Zigmund, whom he met a year earlier, is equally impressionistic in his delicate use of the sticks and brushes. It’s an unprecedentedly melodic rhythm section that seems to have been designed exclusively to play with Evans… The posthumous album was finalized by Helen Keane, the pianist’s manager and producer, deliberately giving the album a melancholy, even dark tone. Death lurks in every song chosen. B Minor Waltz is dedicated to Ellaine Schultz, the pianist’s ex, who committed suicide by throwing herself under a subway train in 1973. We Will Meet Again is a tribute to Harry Evans, his brother and also a pianist, who committed suicide in 1979 (after the recording sessions). Finally, the theme to Robert Altman’s film M.A.S.H., written by Johnny Mandel, is subtitled Suicide is Painless. Through it all, Bill Evans and his rhythm section glorify and elevate the melancholy on what is without doubt his most moving record.
The Paris Concert: Edition One + Edition Two (Elektra/Musician, 1983 & 1984)
He is just 50 and yet bears all the weary stigma of an old man. When he stopped over in Paris, at Espace Cardin, on November 26, 1979, Bill Evans had still not recovered from his brother’s suicide a few months earlier. His body, ravaged by heroin and cocaine, was held upright by music alone. With a young rhythm section of double bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe LaBarbera, he nonetheless achieves a paranormal grace, as if liberated from his daily suffering. This live set, released in two parts in 1983 and 1984, perfectly captures this unexpected resurrection. Did some intuitive sense that the end was near empower Bill Evans to rediscover the verve of his legendary Village Vanguard trio? Johnson brings him the youthful exuberance of Scott LaFaro and, in some improvisations, pushes him to more and more creativity. His piano in the 17 minutes of Nardis, a Miles standard he played throughout his life, is quite unprecedented. The feeling is similar in Quiet Now by Denny Zeitlin, with LaBarbera’s endlessly subtle work. In short, the Paris Concert perfectly encapsulates the idea that, when facing death, your entire life flashes before your eyes.

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