Great Jazz Vocalists Sing Strayhorn & Ellington

Various Artists

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Great Jazz Vocalists Sing Strayhorn & Ellington Review

by Scott Yanow

This CD sampler draws its 18 selections from the Blue Note, Pacific Jazz, Roulette, Solid State and Capitol vaults. There are two selections apiece from Nancy Wilson (her "Lush Life" is rather bombastic), Abbey Lincoln, June Christy and Sarah Vaughan; other singers include Dianne Reeves (a beautiful version of "I Got It Bad"), Lou Rawls, Lena Horne, Ray Nance (with Duke Ellington), Annie Ross, Billy Eckstine, Louis Armstrong (a delightful rendition of "Drop Me Off in Harlem" with Ellington on piano), Jimmy Grissom, the Nat King Cole Trio and Joe Williams ("Come Sunday"). All of the music is readily available elsewhere, and this CD would have benefited from some real liner notes (nothing is said about the many lyricists who actually wrote the words that the vocalists are singing), but otherwise, this is a well-conceived collection.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dianne Reeves 07:25 Amazon
2 Lou Rawls 03:22 Amazon
3 Nancy Wilson 02:43 Amazon
4 Abbey Lincoln 02:14 Amazon
5 Nancy Wilson 03:25 Amazon
6 Lena Horne 05:24 Amazon
7 Ray Nance 03:52 Amazon
8 Abbey Lincoln 03:16 Amazon
9 Gerry Mulligan / Annie Ross 02:08 Amazon
10 June Christy 02:48 Amazon
11 Sarah Vaughan 02:26 Amazon
12 Sarah Vaughan 03:49 Amazon
13 Billy Eckstine 04:55 Amazon
14 Louis Armstrong 03:49 Amazon
15 Jimmy Grissom 03:00 Amazon
16 June Christy 02:55 Amazon
17 Nat King Cole 03:12 Amazon
18 Joe Williams 03:11 Amazon
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