Various Artists

Carnegie Hall Salutes the Jazz Masters: Verve at 50

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Verve Records celebrated the 50th anniversary of Norman Granz's first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert with an all-star get-together at Carnegie Hall. Different groups of top players from Verve's legacy (both past and present) had opportunities to perform, and this CD has many of the highlights. Pianist Peter Delano plays "Tangerine" with a trio; Dee Dee Bridgewater sings "Shiny Stockings" with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; Hank Jones pays tribute to Art Tatum; Abbey Lincoln sings "I Must Have That Man"; Joe Henderson meets up with Antonio Carlos Jobim (who made his final concert appearance) on "Desafinado";"Manteca" features trumpeter Roy Hargrove and trombonist Steve Turre; pianist Yosuke Yamashita pays tribute to Bud Powell; Betty Carter scats on "How High the Moon"; Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin play a restrained acoustic version of Bill Evans' "Turn out the Stars"; Hargrove teams up with altoist Jackie McLean and guitarist Pat Metheny for "The Eternal Triangle"; organist Jimmy Smith revisits Oliver Nelson's arrangement of "Down by the Riverside"; Art Porter and Jeff Lorber play some crossover, and J.J. Johnson contributes a few trombone solos. Not that many special moments occur (too many of the original Verve stars had long since passed away) but jazz historians and bop fans may want to get this one.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Vanessa Williams 04:56 Amazon
2 Peter Delano / Christian McBride / Kenny Washington 03:55 Amazon
3 The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band / Dee Dee Bridgewater / J.J. Johnson 03:50 Amazon
4 Hank Jones 03:18 Amazon
5 Al Foster / Charlie Haden / J.J. Johnson / Hank Jones / Abbey Lincoln 04:22 Amazon
6 Al Foster / Charlie Haden / Joe Henderson / Antônio Carlos Jobim 05:09 Amazon
7 Don Alias / The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band / Roy Hargrove / Steve Turre 04:50 Amazon
8 Yosuke Yamashita 03:02 Amazon
9 Betty Carter / Al Foster / Roy Hargrove / Hank Jones / Christian McBride 04:41 Amazon
10 Herbie Hancock / John McLaughlin 05:44 Amazon
11 Al Foster / Roy Hargrove / Christian McBride / Jackie McLean / Pat Metheny / Stephen Scott 05:18 Amazon
12 Antônio Carlos Jobim / Pat Metheny 04:00 Amazon
13 The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band / Kenny Burrell / Jimmy Smith 06:18 Amazon
14 Tom Barney / Bruce Hornsby / Jeff Lorber / Art Porter 04:36 Amazon
15 Herbie Hancock / John McLaughlin 04:27 Amazon
16 Betty Carter 07:49 Amazon
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