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Nancy Wilson – The Best is Yet to Come

It would be most remiss of us not to give a huge Happy 75th Birthday shout out to Blue Note Records, the preeminent American jazz and hard bop label founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis in New York City. In November the label will release the first official illustrated history of Blue Note Records, authored by Richard Havers and including forewords by Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, and Blue Note President Don Was. The 400-page hardcover book will celebrate over seven decades of extraordinary music and their ongoing commitment to “Uncompromising Expression”.

We’ve highlighted many master recordings this year from our very own uncompromising expressionist & Blue Note artist, Rosanne Cash. This week’s Top Tune comes from one of the many jazz vocalists and artists on the legendary label who have recorded multiple tunes from the Notable catalog. She was one of the most artistically & commercially successful artists in Capitol Records group history, the great Nancy Wilson.

Wilson’s version of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh’s classic “The Best is Yet to Come” was released on the 1963 Top 5 Billboard album, Yesterday’s Love Songs, Today’s Blues. Her version predates the Frank Sinatra/Count Basie version arranged by Quincy Jones that has since served as the standard interpretation of the song but squarely packs a punch. The arrangement was courtesy of the late-great West Coast Jazz master, Gerald Wilson.

Nancy recalls of the session: “The energy level was so high back then because you knew you had to get it right today – you really couldn’t come back in tomorrow and do it again”. Wilson continues: “We didn’t need two years to do an album then. We were already doing these songs everynight and the arrangers would know how to get the most out of a song. The musicians were so great and could read so well, all you had to do was put the charts in front of them and they could get ‘em down.”

Thank you to The Breeders’ Cup for making this week’s tune your signature tune for the 3rd year in a row! Tune in this Saturday Nov 1 for an encore performance of the song LIVE on NBC at 8p ET by Kristin Chenoweth before the running of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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The Best is Yet To Come – The Breeders Cup – Santa Anita – Nov 1 & 2

445149 640x360 The Best is Yet To Come   The Breeders Cup   Santa Anita   Nov 1 & 2“You think you’ve flown before but you ain’t left the ground”. The 30th Breeders Cup Classic returns to Santa Anita Park – Nov 1 & 2. Listen in on the official theme song for The Breeders Cup Classic: Cy Coleman’s “The Best Is Yet To Come” HERE and catch a special live performance by Notable’s own Jenny O. – Saturday 11/2 at the track!

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The Best Is Yet To Come – The Breeders Cup – Santa Anita Nov 2 & 3

665339 10151242341830929 1571694870 o 831x1024 The Best Is Yet To Come   The Breeders Cup   Santa Anita Nov 2 & 3“You think you’ve flown before but you ain’t left the ground”, catch Tony Bennett perform Cy Coleman’s “The Best Is Yet To Come” live on NBC during the Breeders Cup Classic November 3rd. See the official trailer HERE.

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