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Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration

  • 1. Hooray for Love - Ella Fitzgerald/Billy May Orchestra
    2. Get Happy - Mel Torm
    3. Blues in the Night - Dinah Washington
    4. Come Rain or Come Shine - Count Basie Orchestra/Joe Williams
    5. That Old Black Magic - Quincy Jones & His Orchestra/Shirley Horn
    6. Let's Fall in Love - Diana Krall
    7. It's Only a Paper Moon - Morgana King
    8. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home - Helen Merrill
    9. Stormy Weather - Billie Holiday
    10. If I Only Had a Brain - Abbey Lincoln
    11. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Louis Armstrong/The Russell Garcia Orchestra
    12. Over the Rainbow - Ernie Wilkins Orchestra/Sarah Vaughan
    13. As Long as I Live - Woody Herman & His Orchestra/Billy Eckstine
    14. Down With Love - Blossom Dearie
    15. Man That Got Away, The - Ella Fitzgerald/Billy May Orchestra
    16. My Shining Hour - Count Basie Orchestra/Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000397702

  • Credits
    ProducerGene Norman; Jean-Philippe Allard; Norman Granz; Quincy Jones; Tommy LiPuma; Bob Shad; Buddy Bregman

    Personnel: Louis Armstrong (vocals, trumpet); Blossom Dearie (vocals, piano); Diana Krall, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Merrill, Joe Williams , Mel Torm, Morgana King, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Freddie Green, Al Hendrickson, Russell Malone, Turk VanLake, Barry Galbraith, Mundell Lowe, John Collins (guitar); Frank Wess, Jerome Richardson (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eric Dixon (flute, tenor saxophone); John LaPorta, Marshall Royal, Woody Herman (clarinet, alto saxophone); Bill Graham, Wilbur Schwartz, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Frank Foster, Jimmy Giuffre, Plas Johnson , Sal Nistico, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Danny Bank, Charlie Fowlkes (baritone saxophone); Conrad Gozzo, Reunald Jones, Don Fagerquist, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman Quartet , Pete Candoli, Art Farmer, Shorty Rogers, Snooky Young, Bernie Glow, Thad Jones, Al Aarons, Wallace Davenport, Sonny Cohn, Wendell Culley, Buddy Childers (trumpet); John J. Grass (French horn); Bill Hughes (trombone, bass trombone); Henderson Chambers, Dick Kenny, Grover Mitchell , Harry Betts, Henry Coker, J.J. Johnson , Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones, Kai Winding, Si Zentner, Benny Powell (trombone); Gene Englund (tuba); Count Basie, Paul "Scooby" Smith, Al Pellegrini, Hank Jones , Harvey Leonard, Jimmy Jones , Marc Cary, Oscar Peterson (piano); Larry Bunker, Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Alvester Garnett, Ed Thigpen, Ralph Pollack, Gus Johnson , Richard Shanahan, Jeff Hamilton , Joe Morello, Louie Bellson, Alvin Stoller, Roy Haynes, Sonny Payne (drums); Emil Richards (percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Sam Arlen.
    Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/04/1951-10/22/1998); Avatar Studios, New York, NY (01/04/1951-10/22/1998); Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/04/1951-10/22/1998); Crescendo Club, Hollywood, CA (01/04/1951-10/22/1998); Nola Recording Studio, New York, NY (01/04/1951-10/22/1998); Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (01/04/1951-10/22/1998).
    Arrangers: Don Sebesky; Ernie Wilkins; Gil Evans; Johnny Mandel; Quincy Jones; Russell Garcia; Shorty Rogers; Billy May; Buddy Bregman.
    The Great American Songbook includes work by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin, to name a few. However, Harold Arlen may be the jazziest of all these composers. Therefore, a jazzy tribute to this master tunesmith is only fitting.
    Billie Holiday's downtrodden version of "Stormy Weather" is simply a classic; it's hard to imagine any other singer bringing greater meaning to this lyric or greater inflection to this melody. In contrast, Mel Torme's "Get Happy" is a bouncy piece that sees the crooner jumping octaves with ease. There are also up-tempo big-band charts--"Hooray for Love," as performed Ella Fitzgerald, and "My Shining Hour," as sung by Sammy Davis Jr. On the latter, Count Basie's taut, virtuosic orchestra accompanies the charismatic Rat Packer, whose voice glides effortlessly over the sharp brass. Of course, no tribute to Arlen would be complete without "Over the Rainbow." On this album, Sarah Vaughan (backed by the Ernie Wilkins Orchestra) invokes the dreamy qualities of this timeless sanguine ballad.

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