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.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
|9||Gerry Mulligan / Annie Ross||02:08||Amazon|
|17||Nat King Cole||03:12||Amazon|