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'S Wonderful: Concord Jazz Salutes Ira Gershwin

  • 1. Love Is Here to Stay - Rosemary Clooney
    2. Soon - Carol Sloane
    3. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) - Mel Torm
    4. Fascinating Rhythm - Susannah McCorkle
    5. Long Ago (And Far Away) - Rosemary Clooney
    6. Love Walked In - Ernestine Anderson
    7. I Can't Get Started - Jack Sheldon
    8. 'S Wonderful - Karrin Allyson
    9. Things Are Looking Up - Mary Stallings
    10. Embraceable You - Tania Maria
    11. He Loves and She Loves - Carol Sloane
    12. Isn't It a Pity? - Cleo Laine/Mel Torm
    13. But Not for Me - Mary Stallings
    14. Foggy Day, A - Rosemary Clooney
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4741

  • Credits
    EngineerDick Lewzey; Ed Trabanco; John Blank; Jim Mooney; Alan Varner; Leslie Ann Jones; Phil Edwards; Ron Ubel; Wally Buck

    Full title: 'S Wonderful-Concord Jazz Salutes Ira Gershwin.
    Producers include: Carl E. Jefferson, John Burk, Jack Sheldon.
    Includes liner notes by Philip Furia.
    Adapter: John Oddo.
    Personnel: Jack Sheldon (vocals, trumpet); Tania Maria (vocals, piano); Cleo Laine, Ernestine Anderson, Karrin Allyson, Mary Stallings, Mel Torm, Rosemary Clooney, Susannah McCorkle, Carol Sloane (vocals); Dennis Budimir, Eddie Duran, Pat Collins, Reg Schwager, Ron Eschete, Jim Hershman, Cal Collins (guitar); Danny Embrey (electric guitar); Roger Glenn (flute); John Dankworth (clarinet); Ray Loeckle (bass clarinet); Alex Dean, Rickey Woodard (woodwinds, tenor saxophone); Vince Trombetta, Gary Foster, Gene Cipriano, Rick Wilkins, John Johnson , Bill Green , Herman Riley, Jack Nimitz, Bob Leonard, Joe Soldo, Moe Koffman, Tommy Newsom (woodwinds); Jeff Clayton (alto saxophone); Ken Peplowski, Scott Hamilton (tenor saxophone); Clay Jenkins, Arnie Chycoski, George Graham, Guido Basso, John MacLeod, Oscar Brashear, Ray Brown , Rick Baptist, Snooky Young, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron, Steve McDade, Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Warren Vach (cornet, flugelhorn); Gary Pattison, James MacDonald (French horn); George Bohannon, Alastair Kay, Jerry Johnson , Bob Livingston, Thurman Green, Charles Loper, Bill Elton, Chauncey Welsch, Ira Nepus (trombone); George Roberts , Ernie Pattison, Maurice Spears (bass trombone); Rob McConnell (valve trombone, background vocals); Dave Frishberg, Ross Tomkins, Gene Harris, Joe Cartwright, Gerry Wiggins, Dave Restivo, John Colianni, John Oddo, Larry Fuller, Nat Pierce, Ross Tompkins, Stefan Scaggiari, Bill Charlap (piano); Colin Bailey, Ted Warren, Gregg Field, Jeff Hamilton , Luther Hughes, Paul Humphrey , Ron Vincent, Terry Clarke , Todd Strait, Donny Osborne (drums); Gene Harris Quartet (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: John Blank; Leslie Ann Jones; Phil Edwards ; Ron Ubel.
    Audio Remasterer: George Horn.
    Liner Note Author: Philip Furia.
    Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); CTS Studios, London, England (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Dome Audio & Video, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Group IV Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Mad Hatter Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Ocean Way Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Penny Lane Studios, New York, NY (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Sage & Sound Recording, Hollywood, CA (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Soundtrek Studios, Kansan City, MO (10/01/1979-09/27/1995); Spirit Wind Studios, Hayward, CA @Capitol Studios, Holl (10/01/1979-09/27/1995).
    Directors: Sara Morris; John Oddo; Ken Peplowski; John Dankworth.
    Illustrator: Robert W. Richards.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Jeff Tobie; Joe Soldo; John Burk.
    Arrangers: John Clayton; Mel Torm; Nelson Riddle; Rob McConnell.
    Concord Records documented many fine jazz singers in the tail end of their careers, and this collection gives listeners a taste of several, while emphasizing the classic American popular songs written by George and Ira Gershwin. There are three Rosemary Clooney selections that show she was at the top of her game until the finish line. The most precious cut is Carol Sloane's "He Loves and She Loves," Jack Sheldon does a typical slapstick version of "I Can't Get Started," while Karrin Allyson, by far the youngest vocalist on the date, scats up a storm during "'S Wonderful." Big bands back up Mel Torm (Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass) and Ernestine Anderson (the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), while small groups fill the rest of the bill. A notable singer still very much with us at the time of this release is Mary Stallings, who has a limited discography and needs to be discovered further. The fact that Concord was based in California lends to the breezily cool overall sound, though many of these singers lived in N.Y.C. This compilation only scratches the surface, and should prompt fans of these various singers to search for their recordings, if in fact you can find them on CD. ~ Michael G. Nastos

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (4/97, pp.89-90) - "...What a great concept; let's have more using other lyricists."
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