Posts Tagged ‘Verve Records’

Ella Fitzgerald – Witchcraft

(click song title above to listen)

We celebrate the centennial of one of the best interpreters of song there ever was, the First Lady of Song, Miss Ella Fitzgerald! This week’s Top Tune was recorded live in Chicago on August 10, 1958 at Mister Kelly’s and features Lou Levy on piano, Max Bennett on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums. This must-hear set was remarkably one of the few live recordings of Fitzgerald captured in a small club.

The tune of course is the classic by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, the pair of Great American Songbook writers whose marvelous, witty, and sophisticated output also included The Best is Yet to Come, I’ve Got Your Number, I Walk A Little Faster, and The Rules of the Road just to name a few.

Born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917, Ella in her long and illustrious career won 13 Grammy Awards, A Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Arts, was inducted in the Down Beat magazine Hall of Fame, and received the Kennedy Center Honors for her contributions to the arts. If you had to pick one album that sums up her magic best, for our money it’s the 11 songs Ella and Louis Armstrong recorded one fine day in 1956 with the Oscar Petersen Quartet. Read all about that masterpiece HERE.

The GRAMMY Museum presents Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald. The Exhibit opened yesterday and celebrates 100 years of Fitzgerald’s legacy through rare recordings, photos, and one-of-a-kind stage costumes. Click HERE for more info.

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Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by MPL. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Master controlled by Verve/Universal Music Group.

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Blossom Dearie – I Walk A Little Faster

(click song title above to listen)

But even though I meet
at each and every corner

with nothing but disaster
I set my chin a little higher
I hope a little longer
Build a little stronger
Castle in the air. And thinking you’ll be there
I walk a little faster

The New York Times once described Blossom Dearie as “an interpretive minimalist with caviar taste in songs and musicians, she was a genre unto herself”.

This week’s Top Tune comes from our favorite of the six albums Blossom recorded for the Verve label, 1958′s Give Him the Ooh-La-La. Recorded at the high point of her recording career (all six Verve albums are considered cult classics), the album features an all-star lineup of stellar jazz musicians including Jo Jones (drums), Ray Brown (bass), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Dearie’s own masterful piano playing.

A great interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Dearie’s romantic delivery of the great Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh ballad “I Walk A Little Faster” is tops with us, possibly only equalled by Fiona Apple‘s version in 2009.

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Verve Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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Blossom Dearie – Too Good to Talk About

Before Blossom Dearie moved to London in the early 1960′s appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s and on Dudley Moore’s popular television show, she could be found playing piano and turning heads in the jazz clubs of New York City.

Rooted in jazz and popular song, Dearie’s signature chic and sleek vocal style won her praise among critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the greatest interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Around the time of this album, Miles Davis was such a fan that he would personally invite her and her combo to perform between his legendary sets at the Village Vanguard.

This week’s Top Tune (click the song title above to play) was written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh and comes from her sixth album for Norman Granz’s Verve Records, My Gentleman Friend. A champion of witty & rarified material, Blossom masterfully tackles a couple of Gershwin tunes on this album and an additional Coleman & Leigh classic, “You Fascinate Me So”.

Recorded in 1959, Too Good to Talk About swings finely and features a great solo by Kenny Burrell on guitar and some sweet brushwork by Ed Thigpen on drums. Dearie plays piano and the impeccable diction she had become renowned for is on display.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth – info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw – seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group / http://www.universalfilmandtvmusic.com

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Ella Fitzgerald – I’ve Got Your Number

We’re a little shocked that it took us this long to feature a tune from the catalog sung by the First Lady of Song, but better late than never as they say.

We continue this week with another gem from the great West Coast arranger Marty Paich and his work with arguably the greatest singer the U.S. has ever produced, Ella Fitzgerald.

A stunning album,Whisper Not, was recorded on July 20, 1966 at United Western Recorders in Hollywood with the great Shelly Manne on drums. It would become Ella’s last studio album for Verve Records and Marty Paich (arranger for Sinatra, Ray Charles, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond) delivered a dozen beautifully arranged standards including Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “I’ve Got Your Number”.

Originally written for the Broadway musical, Little Me, the song has also been recorded by the likes of Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, and Jill Sobule.

Notoriously shy, it’s been said that Ella usually kept to herself between gigs and rehearsals. Fitzgerald later explained, “I don’t want to say the wrong thing, which I always do, but I think I do better when I sing”. Yes Ella, you do just fine!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Universal Music Group. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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