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Yesterdays: The Jerome Kern Songbook - Instrumentals

  • 1. Song Is You, The - Benny Carter
    2. Nobody Else But Me - Stan Getz
    3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - Clifford Brown
    4. All the Things You Are - Tal Farlow
    5. Last Time I Saw Paris, The - Bud Powell
    6. Why Do I Love You? - Charlie Parker
    7. Pick Yourself Up - George Shearing
    8. Long Ago and Far Away - Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt
    9. Yesterdays - Art Tatum
    10. She Didn't Say Yes - Joe Thomas
    11. I'm Old Fashioned - Jimmy Giuffre
    12. Way You Look Tonight, The - Roy Eldridge
    13. Who? - Erroll Garner
    14. Folks Who Live on the Hill, The - Stan Getz
    15. Fine Romance, A - Buddy DeFranco
    16. Ol' Man River - Oscar Peterson
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 553 331

  • Credits

    Producers: Norman Granz, Bob Shad, Creed Taylor, Jesse Kaye, Richard E. Lyons, Ray Heindorf.
    Recorded between August 16, 1946 and February 18, 1962. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.
    Volume three of the Kern songbook series concentrates on instrumental versions of 16 of the revered composer's songs; and again, the Verve, MGM, and Mercury archives prove to be a nearly inexhaustible resource. Annotator Dan Morgenstern claims that due to their harmonic sophistication, Kern's songs did not become ripe vehicles for jazz improvisation until shortly after his death in 1945 when the beboppers were in full cry. After that, the deluge began, and boppers of several stripes dominate this collection. Among the blue-chip performances are Charlie Parker doing an Afro-Cubanized "Why Do I Love You?," a pert, percolating "Pick Yourself Up" with the George Shearing Quintet, the majestically husky tenor of Gene Ammons coupled with that of Sonny Stitt in "Long Ago and Far Away," and the easy swing of Buddy DeFranco's sextet in "A Fine Romance." Stan Getz is the only one who gets two selections ("Nobody Else but Me," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill"); others who get one include Benny Carter, Clifford Brown (with strings), Oscar Peterson, Joe Thomas, Jimmy Giuffre, Erroll Garner, Roy Eldridge, Tal Farlow, and Bud Powell. The superhumanly quick, harmonically audacious solo piano rendition of "Yesterdays" by Art Tatum at a Hollywood party is a showstopper that stands by itself in almost freakish isolation; no one can follow it (maybe it should have been placed at the end). ~ Richard S. Ginell

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