A jazz-pop duo with a big, warm sound—thanks in part to their savoir faire in the studio—vocalist Mary Ford and guitarist/vocalist Les Paul starred in their own TV show and recorded a string ... (Read More)
Go ahead and name an excellent cellist who is also a wonderful singer. Regardless of how many you think of—we're betting not too many—Leyla McCalla is clearly in a class of her own. Here the former ... (Read More)
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Louis Armstrong, trumpet & vocals. Johnny McGee, trumpet. Dave Barbour, guitar. Ray Brown, bass. Louis Bellson, drums, & others.
Label: Hip-O. Format: CD.
UPC: 602498828892. Daedalus Item Code: 59823
Louis Armstrong created a disproportionately large share of jazz's greatest recordings, and this 23-song retrospective has quite a few of them. Here are songs that Satchmo put his distinctive stamp ... (Read More)
A six-time Grammy nominee who knows no musical boundaries, Brazil's Luciana Souza has collaborated with a wide range of jazz, classical, pop, and bossa nova artists. On this 2015 release, Souza is ... (Read More)
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Doris Day, Dinah Shore, Anita Ellis, Kay Thompson & Her Rhythm Singers, Connie Haines & others.
Label: Laserlight. Format: CD.
UPC: 018111234429. Daedalus Item Code: 67431
You can't go wrong with this 11-song stocking stuffer of classic pop performances, which include Doris Day's magical renditions of "Here Comes Santa Claus" and "The Second Star to the Right"; Dinah ... (Read More)
Michael Feinstein, vocals & piano. Jim Fox, guitar. Kirk Smith, bass. Willie Murillo, trumpet. Sid Page, violin, & others.
Label: Concord Jazz. Format: cutout CD.
UPC: 888072330979. Daedalus Item Code: 67239
Michael Feinstein's versatility on this second tribute to the massive songbook of Frank Sinatra ranges from the big-band rhumba "Sway" and the upbeat medley "Luck Be a Lady"/"All I Need Is the Girl" ... (Read More)
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Miles Davis, trumpet. Charlie Parker, alto saxophone, & others.
Label: Direct Source. Format: 3 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 779836515421. Daedalus Item Code: 57252
A trumpeter of genius who boldly experimented with the possibilities of jazz, Miles Davis was never content to repeat himself. This three-disc anthology features 30 songs from the first half of ... (Read More)
Miles Davis, trumpet. Thelonious Monk, piano. John Coltrane, tenor saxophone. Pete Cosey, guitar. Al Foster, drums, & others.
Label: Legacy. Format: 4 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 888750819529. Daedalus Item Code: 59523
The Newport Jazz Festival has always attracted the genre's best, so it's no surprise that Miles Davis played there on many occasions. Highlights from eight of Miles's performances are collected on ... (Read More)
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Miles Davis, trumpet. Kai Winding, trombone. Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone. Lee Konitz, alto saxophone. Max Roach, drums, & many others.
Label: Capitol Jazz. Format: CD.
UPC: 724353011727. Daedalus Item Code: 59643
On every critic's list of essential jazz albums, this collection of arrangements by Miles Davis's nonet, recorded at three sessions over the course of a year (1949–50), was the cradle for the ensuing ... (Read More)
Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, the Pointer Sisters, Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald & others.
Label: BMG. Format: 3 CDs, boxed.
UPC: 755174758522. Daedalus Item Code: 67276
This chronological survey of iconic divas fittingly begins with the great Lena Horne singing one of her signature songs, "Stormy Weather," followed by Billie Holiday and Artie Shaw on "Any Old Time," ... (Read More)
Benny Goodman, John Coltrane, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Mel Tormé & others.
Label: Music Moods. Format: 2 CDs.
UPC: 753267005997. Daedalus Item Code: 67243
This extremely entertaining survey of classic jazz includes such premiere ensembles as Duke Ellington and his orchestra ("Basin Street Blues"), the Dave Brubeck Quartet ("Blue Rondo à la Turk"), and ... (Read More)