The Great Divas Of Jazz – Various Artists CDSGP4047

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The Great Divas Of Jazz

Various Artists

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1 What is That Thing Called Love Ella Fitzgerald
2 Cry Me A River Julie London
3 It Might As Well Be Spring Blossom Dearie
4 Georgia On My Mind Billie Holiday
5 At Last Etta James
6 Ma, He’s Makin’ Eyes At Me Pearl Bailey
7 I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) Sarah Vaughan
8 I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine Georgia Gibbs
9 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me warm Kay Starr
10 Darn That Dream Lena Horne
11 I Can’t Get Started Maxine Sullivan
12 Misty Carol Sloane
13 My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Simone
14 The Nearness of You June Christy
15 Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered Anita O’Day
16 I Wanna Be Loved Dinah Washington
17 The Girl From Ipanema Astrud Gilberto
18 Mood Indigo Dinah Shore
19 Fever Peggy Lee
20 Heat Wave Ernestine Anderson
21 Let There Be Love Pearl Bailey
22 Good Morning, Heartache Carmen McRae
23 Things We Did Last Summer Eydie Gormé
24 All Night Long Nancy Wilson with The George Shearing Quintet
25 But Not For Me Helen Forest & Harry James
1 Satin Doll Ella Fitzgerald
2 I Must Have That Man Maxine Sullivan
3 Lullaby In Rhythm June Christy
4 The Very Thought Of You Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
5 Lady Sings The Blues Cleo Laine
6 I Only Have Eyes For You Carol Sloane
7 Lover Man Sarah Vaughan
8 Stormy Weather Etta James
9 These Foolish Things Helen Ward
10 That Old Feeling Lena Horne
11 For Sentimental Reasons Dorothy Squires
12 You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me Anita O’Day
13 I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) Nina Simone
14 Ain’t She Sweet Pearl Bailey
15 Stormy Weather Lee Wiley
16 I’ve Got You Under My Skin Dinah Washington
17 Don’t Meddle In My Mood Kay Starr
18 That Old Feeling Ernestine Anderson
19 On a Slow Boat to China Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby
20 ’round Midnight Julie London
21 Black magic Astrud Gilberto
22 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Carmen McRae
23 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Dinah Shore
24 Almost Like Being In Love Nancy Wilson (with The Billy May Orchestra)
25 I Had The Craziest Dream Helen Forrest
1 Puttin’ On The Ritz Ella Fitzgerald
2 Autumn in New York Ernestine Anderson
3 Old Devil Moon Anita O’Day
4 Summertime Billie Holiday
5 How Long Has This Been Going On Eydie Gormé
6 Cocktails For Two Betty Carter & Ray Charles
7 What A Difference A Day Makes Sarah Vaughan
8 And That Reminds Me Della Reese
9 You Do Something To Me Lee Wiley
10 Push De Button Lena Horne
11 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Blossom Dearie
12 Black Coffee Julie London
13 Trouble In Mind Nina Simone
14 My One And Only Love Cleo Laine
15 Love for sale Astrud Gilberto
16 I’m A Fool To Want You Dinah Washington
17 It Had To Be You Helen Forrest
18 Only You Nellie Lutcher
19 He’s A Tramp Peggy Lee
20 As Time Goes By Carol Sloane
21 Somebody Loves Me Georgia Gibbs
22 My Funny Valentine Carmen McRae
23 Night And Day Maxine Sullivan
24 All Of You Nancy Wilson (with The Billy May Orchestra)
25 I’ll Buy That Dream Helen Forrest
1 Moonlight In Vermont Ella Fitzgerald
2 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) Etta James
3 It’s Only A Paper Moon Lee Wiley
4 Love Me Or Leave Me Billie Holiday
5 Day By day Eydie Gorme
6 Every Time We Say Goodbye Maxine Sullivan
7 Ain’t Misbehavin’ Sarah Vaughan
8 You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To Julie London
9 Stardust Dinah Shore
10 Someone to Watch over Me Lena Horne
11 Far Away Astrud Gilberto
12 Runnin’ Wild Ernestine Anderson
13 I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl Nina Simone
14 Willow Weep For Me June Christy
15 My Old Flame Georgia Gibbs
16 Mad About The Boy Dinah Washington
17 That’s A Plenty Nellie Lutcher
18 Taking A Chance On Love Anita O’Day
19 Basin Street Blues Peggy Lee with The Quincy Jones Orchestra
20 Baby It’s Cold Outside Betty Carter & Ray Charles
21 Come On A My House Rosemary Clooney
22 We’ll Be Together Again Carmen McRae
23 Ain’t Nobody’s Business But My Own Kay Starr
24 On The Street Where You Live Nancy Wilson (with The Billy May Orchestra)
25 Long Ago And Far Away Helen Forrest
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One of the numbers Lena Horne sang in her triumphant 1981 one-woman show “Lena Horne – The Lady And Her Music” was an obscure Rodgers and Hart song, the wittily risqué “A Lady Must Live”. As a dedicated fan of all things Rodgers & Hart, I wondered at first, how in heaven’s name did Lena Horne find this rare gem.

 

I should have known better. There may well be a charming bit of business behind her discovery of the song; the means of her introduction to it, however, are far less important than the realisation that Lena Horne knows a good song when she hears one. Whether a song is brought to her attention for her consideration or encountered by her by chance, it is inescapable that she will recognise a song of merit, and if her vocal personality is up to it, she will have a new song to add to her already rich repertoire. And of course the chief beneficiaries are those who are unfamiliar with a forgotten or neglected gem.

 

So it’s little wonder that, in this album, Lena Horne has chosen her songs with care and in the process has uncovered rarely heard treasures from the pop song masters of the past.

Two of them have music by Harold Arlen, who wrote the melodies – with lyrics by E Y Harburg – Lena sang in “Jamaica”, her Broadway musical first presented in 1957. One is “The Eagle & Me” also with the lyrics by Harburg from the 1944 Broadway hit, “Bloomer Girl”. The song, reflecting a social consciousness of Arlen & Harburg is a joyous paean to freedom. “Sing From My Heart”, with a lyric by Ted Koehler is a swinging come-what-may ballad first sung by Irene Dunne in a 1939 RKO film, “Love Affair”.

 

Cole Porter, represented on the album by two songs could be the source of many Lena Horne numbers that she could delight her fans with, but for this album she offers his rarely performed “Ours”, in which exotic locales are viewed as retreat for lovers. It’s from the 1936 musical “Red Hot & Blue” the other Porter song is his wonderfully ardent standby “Every Time We Say Goodbye”.

 

Vernon Duke and Ogden Nash were infrequently paired as songwriters, but when they were, the songwriting craft was in captivating hands. Such is the case for “Roundabout”, lifted from 1946’s short lived “Sweet Bye And Bye”, and inserted into the 1952 Bette Davis musical, “Two’s Company”.

 

Lena Horne, to be sure, does not disappoint those who welcome choice renditions of songs from the standard repertoire. The likes of the aforementioned “Every Time We Say Goodbye”, “A Fine Romance”,“Look To The Rainbow” and “When I Fall In Love”, fill the bill with unquestioned brilliance

 

This album also reflects Lena Horne’s willingness to find worthy newcomers, two of which – the lovely ballads “I Wish I’d Met You” and “I Won’t Leave You” featured in her warm duets with Sally Davis and Joe Williams respectively. A third is “Joy”, a bluesy, yet optimistic song featuring a bit of cheerful byplay between Nina and her musicians.

 

If there is an underlying romantic philosophy in Lena Horne’s program it is one noted by Ettore Stratta, the album’s producer, “Lena”, he explains “wasn’t interested in songs of unrequited love, they reflect the sunnier view of life”.

Indeed, for the listener this album also mirrors Lena Horne’s basic philosophy of performance: the best songs of the past and present, in renditions that make them her own.

 

More recently, Lena’s “A Fine Romance” was featured in the Australian international smach hit film “Priscilla Queen Of The Desert”.

 

Unfortunately, Lena Horne passed away on the 9th of May 2010, but her music will stay with us forever.

 

IRV LICHTMAN, DEPUTY EDITOR, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

Track Listing

  1. I Wish I’d Met You
  2. Ours
  3. Every Time We Say Goodbye
  4. A Fine Romance
  5. Roundabout
  6. September Song
  7. Joy
  8. Close Enough For Love
  9. I Won’t Leave You Again
  10. The Eagle And Me
  11. When I Fall In Love
  12. Look To The Rainbow
  13. It Could Happen To You
  14. Sing My Heart

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