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    1. Michael Buble
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    Pop's rush to raid the cradle continues with this promising debut by 25-year-old Canadian singer Michael Bublé. And while the young vocal star's good looks are smart enough for a boy band, his muse seems to have sprung from a more sassy and compelling musical era. Mentored by Paul Anka (whose '50s hit "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" is covered in dreamy, cabaret fashion here), Bublé sings in the orbits of Darin and Sinatra, covering swing epoch gems ("Come Fly with Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," "That's All") and rock era standards (Van Morrison's "Moondance," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the Brothers Gibb, Queen's "Crazy Little Ting Called Love") with equal aplomb. David Foster's production is typically slick and played to the back row of the bleachers, but it's informed by smart contexts provided by such arrangers as Johnny Mandel, Randy Waldman, and Mike Melvoin. If the choices of material are sometimes staid and predictable, they also give the singer a crucial framework for building toward something more challenging; his is a bright future. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars I Like this CD - A Lot
    I just bought this CD 3 days ago, and I've played it probably 10 times already. Its a pretty good album - Michael Buble has a very good - although Sinatra/Torme/Connick - sounding voice. The arrangements are well made too - but Just The Way You Look Tonite should have preferably been arranged as a slow croon rather than bossa nova style.

    I usually look into the Tower reviews to see if anybody else liked the CD's I buy, and it seems that a lot of other people like MB as well as I do. There are however a few people who really blasted him in their reviews. Not only blasted, but outright insulted him - a Karaoke singer!? Really now. Around 10 of 155 reviewers gave him 1-3 stars, and all I can say is that talent is in the ears of the beholder (or in this case, the listener). Measuring MB on the review scale, he is most obviously a talented singer who has moved his audience.

    I hope MB comes out with his own album of The Great American Songbook. I'll be looking forward to hearing it, and reading the reviews.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Harry Connick Jr. eat your heart out!
    I first heard Michael Buble in the film DOWN WITH LOVE. I turned to my friends and asked "Who is that singing? He's great!" But I didn't think about the unknown singer for weeks.

    Then I was in a CD store with the same friends and one turned to me and said "You must get this CD. This is the guy you liked from DOWN WITH LOVE." Well, I bought the CD and rushed home to listen to it.

    This guy has real talent. Harry Connick Jr. may be a fine musician but he is but "a poor man's Sinatra" next to a singer like Michael Buble. Buble brings something more to the standards. He has a sweeter voice than Connick yet brings a more individual style too. In some ways he is reminiscent of Bobby Darin but whereas Darin could certainly swing, Buble also brings a sensuality to his music. His version of "Sway" is by far the best I have heard and my current favorite from the CD.

    The arrangements are all great and the selections range from standards like "Fever" and "Come Fly With Me" to new classics like "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and "Moondance". Buble's cover of "The Way You Look Tonight" would make even Fred Astaire proud.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The boy is soooooooo good!
    I bought singing lessons on CD "Voice Lessons TO GO" by Vaccarino, because I was tired of being embarrased to sing with him when my husband was around! I love to play Buble's CD over a good home cooked meal. It is is such romantic music- his voice is so charming. I am also a huge Harry Connick Jr. fan. If you like one, you'll like the other.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A word to the detractors;
    So you like Frank and Bobby better? Quite a left-handed insult. Although it's fair to say that Bubel comes from that style, (and who could be interested in this kind of music without listening to a -lot- of Sinatra?), it's also apparent to me that this guy just opens his mouth and -sings-, naturally and musically. Some people aren't built to punk out, guys. Let's allow two or three saloon singers to have a career .

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Michael Buble" one CD you will never get tired of playing.
    Michael Buble is a special talent. I have been listening to his self-titled album "Michael Buble" for quite some time now and every time I hear Michael sing I am just amazed at how mature and seasoned his voice is. Others have mentioned comparisons to other great performers from the past, but Michael doesn't have to rely on anyone's reputation but his own. With his gorgeous voice and unique style he will be a permanent fixture in the pop music scene for many years to come. This CD is really well done. The song selections and production are perfect for a singer of Michael's great ability. You are really going to enjoy this CD!

    If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio. His 13-piece band swings and Monte can really sing the standards. ... Read more


    2. Sympathique
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    While the cocktail lounge fad has seen more than a few musicians climbaboard as a career move, the members of Pink Martini are no bandwagon-ridingaficionados. Fronted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini is the real article--aband that approaches the music with unwavering seriousness yet never forgets the fun atthe heart of it.Sympathique, the band's debut album reveals an incrediblydiverse musical vocabulary on the part of frontman Lauderdale. And what singer ChinaForbes lacks in range and dynamics, she more than compensates for in attack, approach,and a clear understanding of the material. While most of the songs are upbeat, in thehands of Lauderdale and Forbes, "Qué será será," with its dark atmospherics should berechristened "Qué será noir." --Wayne Pernu ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sympathique, Fantastique!
    Pink Martini is a Portland based band and therefore, I am already biased. However, if you enjoy truly great music by truly talented people, this CD is for you. Do you like old French clasics or just music that gets your soul moving? Then listend to some tracks and place your order!
    "Bolero" is absolutely beautiful! You can tell it's the original song, but their added and updated alternations of this piece makes it a new classic of their own. The cello intro is deep and throaty and when the piano moves in, you actually FEEL like you're in a different country, touring the vinyard hillsides...
    The lead female vocalist (China Forbes) has a wonderful voice and allows songs like "Amando Mio" to ring out and demand attention...again, listening to Thomas Lauderdale's fingers work magic on the piano allows this song to be one of their top pieces. And if that's not enough, both of these musicians graduated cum laude from Harvard University.
    This CD is almost 5 years old and their 2nd CD has been postponed for a couple years, sending the Portland crowd into a frenzy on the much anticipated next albulm due spring of 2003. The male lead vocalist is no longer with the band (Pepe Raphael on "Donde Estas Yolanda"), but his first solo albulm is excellent, respectively as well (Pepe and the Bottle Blondes) which turns out some great Spanish influenced songs that make you want to jump up and yell "Cha-Cha!!!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still one of my favorites!
    I bought this CD when it came out years ago -- frontman Thomas Lauderdale is an old friend of mine. Call me biased, but this CD is still one of my favorites! The music has universal appeal, blending big band, latin beats, campy lounge-lizard music, and classical pieces into a groovy and infectious package. I would have expected nothing less from Thomas. These songs have popped up as background music on the "Sopranos," in a Lexus commercial, and in several coffeehouses I've visited -- it's so cool to see Pink Martini getting the exposure and raves they so richly deserve!

    I just saw them live the other night, and they are even better in person. Unfortunately, CDs just can't record the sheer joie de vivre this group has -- they love what they do, and it shows. They opened with "Bolero," which was amazing, powerful, and breathtaking, and closed their encore with "Acuarela de Brazil," which brought people to their feet (it's hard to sit still to this music!)

    Those who love this CD would be happy to hear that the next CD is anticipated next year (one of the band members told me it was 2/3 in the can). They busted out a few new songs at the concert I attended, and, like "Sympathique," they ranged from lush classical renditions to clever tongue-in-cheek ditties. Pink Martini throws in a generous splash of international flavoring to create refreshingly original material (over the course of the night, lead singer China Forbes sang in Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Croatian), and finds inspiration in unexpected places. The "Song of the Black Lizard" was an homage to a Japanese drag queen; one new tune performed at the concert was inspired by a classic Heinz ketchup ad.

    Get this CD -- and try to see them live if you can!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, my favorite CD in my collection
    Simply put, this graceful compellation of sounds is my most favorite in my collection of over 600 albums. These Oregonians reach to all ends of the earth for musical inspiration and then brilliantly synthesize it into something entirely fresh. This CD is perfect for pleasing all generations of listeners, and if you get the chance, Pink Martini is fantastic in concert...nothing is done to their sound in a studio...all of the talent on all of the instruments is God given.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic
    Went to Oregon for a friend's wedding and discovered this CD (they used part of the music at their reception) and immediately fell in love with it--cannot stop playing it! The title track is simplly fantastic, as are the other tracks on this album. Some are upbeat, others haunting, still others evoke a sense of poignant wistfulness that is irresistible. And the reinterpretation of Que Sera Sera is brilliant. If Pink Martini is reading this PLEASE--put out another album--your fans are waiting!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's all been said
    So many people have written reviews on this cd that describe just how infectious it is, that I need say no more. My only comment is WHEN oh, WHEN is Pink Martini going to put out another album?!!! I'm beginning to lose hope. Thankfully I will probably never tire of this one. ... Read more


    3. Renee Olstead
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    No less an expert on pop affairs than Neil Sedaka likens the impossibly mature voice of 14-year-old vocalist/TV star (CBS' Still Standing) Renee Olstead to "Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday all wrapped in one." There's no disputing the sultry vocal talents showcased on this debut that balances familiar chestnuts from the great American songbook ("Summertime," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Sentimental Journey") with more recent fare that veers from R 'n' B sass ("Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby") to 70s chart hits like Sedaka's own "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis." A cynical ear might question how much of Olmstead's own life informs these bluesy performances: how trying can eigth grade be for an attractive redhead with a major label contract? Indeed, the tagline for at least one latter-day Ella Fitzgerald project comes frequently to mind here: "Is it real, or it Memorex?" Olmstead is yet another teen protege of hugely successful producer David Foster (who's midwifed the careers of Josh Groban and Michael Buble in recent years), and he provides her with some sturdy jazz arrangements to riff emotively on here--even if his production is as slick and bloodless as ever. Still, Foster's penchant for overwrought melodrama is kept mercifully in check on his own composition "I Want a Love to Last," while his shrewd teaming of the young chanteuse with fellow teen pop phenom Peter Cincotti on Sedaka's "Breaking Up.." deftly underscores the promising talents of both. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and only better from here
    The orchestration, arrangements, and amazing singing talent in terms of style, timing, phrasing, and voice on this CD are worth every penny if you are a fan of this type of music at all ... "older standards." Some songs are very much Diana Krallesq and one or two lean in the direction of Norah Jones. Those I can do without. In Norah Jones I find nice music, but nothing special. Renee has much more to offer and, when she turns to a Diana Krall style of orchestration and adds her own voicing, she wins me over completely.

    At 15 years old, this young lady and comic actress seems to be an amazing talent. Her bio bears witness to this fact. Her singing is wonderful and, judging by the list of well knowns, including Chris Botti, that helped her on this CD, the right people seem to agree.

    Buy this CD and hope that she continues, because if she does, with another 3 or 4 years of maturity, this will be a singing talent to be reckoned with. If she takes the time to further develop her own style, phrasing, and voice even more, she will be a premiere singer who's CD releases we will all anxiously anticipate. I am already looking forward to the next one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Who Knew? Renee Olstead is the real deal!!!
    Renee Olstead is the real deal! Who knew this sitcom star ("Still Standing") had such a great voice. This new singer takes a collection of great standards, intermixed with a couple of newbies, and makes them her own. She's a pop singer with a jazz sensibility that is absolutely intoxicating. One can only hope that her record company will promote her as well as Norah Jones was promoted by her label. This is a fresh take on titles from the Great American Songbook, with arrangements that match.
    Her duet with Peter Cincotti on "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is worth the price of the CD all on its own! A wistfully done "Someone To Watch Over Me" is equally great. Listen to her rendition of the Barry Manilow song "Meet Me, Midnight", and tell me that you aren't hearing a new singing star being born!
    This is one terrific CD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I listened for a week before I checked her out ....
    My 22 yr old daughter works at a major chain that sells CDs, books, & coffee. She brought home this free CD with 3 tracks on it. I put it in my CD player and listened to these 3 tracks off and on for a week. I liked it right away. The more I listened, the more I liked it. I went on Amazon (like I usually do) and bought two of her CDs for myself. When I took the free one to work; others really liked it too. One of my employess took the time to read the liner notes. Boy was I surprised that learn from him that Renee Olstead was only 14 yrs old! I was impressed. She has a beautiful voice! She is a beautiful redhead! This is a great selection of songs! I rate this CD 5 STARS. I have been listening to Jazz, rock, and classical music for at least 50 of my 53 years. I have played in folk groups, rock bands, and even in church when I was a kid. I've spent hours in practice halls and recording studios. This is great music sung by a great voice and I love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great singer at any age
    I am sure some people or going to attack this person because they don't like her music or her age or something to that effect. If you close your eyes and listen to her sing, you won't even notice anything like that. Reminds me of the attacks against the talents of Nora Jones by fans of Avril Langione. I love all kinds of music myself as well except maybe attack rap songs and a few others. I listen to the Motown Oldies station here at my job because that is about the only clear fm I can get.

    But this girl has been singing for a number of years and I am sure she was involved here in Houston with a number of local singing groups. A friend of mine said he recognized her from some of the vocal workshops he use to go to.

    She has a talent and knows how to display this to the audience which is where her acting talent comes in.

    You will be hearing her name for sometime.

    Brad

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just Wow.
    As a hard core swing dancer, I hear more than my fair share of good music but it takes a lot to get me excited. This CD gets me excited. Go to her website and listen to her version of "Summertime" all the way through. Wow. ... Read more


    4. The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
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    Billie Holiday (1917-59) wore gardenias, was a teenaged prostitute,did drugs, and died with a cop posted outside her hospital bed.But withher gravel-like vocals, and behind-the-beat phrasing, she was one ofthe greatest singers of the twentieth century. This multimedia collectioncommemorates her ninetieth birthday. Two CDs contain forty two of hergreatest hits, from her 1935 stint with Benny Goodman, to her chilling 1958strings album, Lady inSatin. It features her signature songs like "Good MorningHeartache," "God Bless the Child," and her unforgettable anti-lynchingnumber "Strange Fruit." The DVD includes film cameos withDuke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, photographs, posters, rehearsals andinterviews with friends and musicians, including a rediscovered 1956 radiobroadcast with a young Mike Wallace.Her achy artistry is timeless, and asAshley Kahn wrote in his superb liner notes, "Billie will be there tonight,tomorrow night and a long time to come." --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Billie Holiday - by far the best ever
    I purchased this collection solely for the DVD that's included because I have all of the other audio material.The DVD is great!It leaves you wishing for more.It's a pity that this is all we have of the best jazz singer of all time.I'd like to see a movie made of her life;a true story, not the bunk that they gave us with "Lady Sings The Blues" back in the 70's.If you do not own any of Billie's music this is a great starting place.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate starting point (collectors take notice, too)!
    It seems as if every year or two we're looking at a new and improved Billie Holiday anthology, and THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is the latest and probably best Lady Day introduction to date.As others have mentioned, this set covers her entire career via 42 tracks on two CDs.The set is skimpy on Billie's first decade (albeit we do get such gems as "God Bless The Child").However, you can easily balance that out by one additional purchase: the highly-recommended 2-CD set LADY DAY: THE BEST OF BILLIE HOLIDAY on Sony, which has 38 key tracks from the early years (only three of which are repeated here).Several key tracks from her 1939-1944 Commodore sessions (including "Strange Fruit") and the 1942 cut "Trav'lin' Light" (with Paul Whiteman) offer further proof of this set's wide reach in covering her career.

    Being that the set is produced in collaboration with the Decca and Verve labels, the last fifteen years of Billie's career get excellent coverage.There's a certain point in the 1950s where some Lady Day fans mourn the perceived wear-and-tear in her voice,while others such as myself celebrate the deeper emotive power and increasingly inventive melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic chances she takes with classic pop tunes.Even so, by the final track "I'm A Fool To Want You" (from the much-debated 1958 LADY IN SATIN album) it's difficult for most listeners to not feel 1) pushed away by her fading voice and 2) pulled back in by the communicative power of her heart-on-sleeve phrasing (one error in the set's booklet: this cut is not from her last session).

    The DVD has an effective mix of seen and unseen footage.The 1934 and 1946 movie appearances have been issued in their entirety: here we get some highlights.The key bit of material that will attract Billie Holiday collectors is some newly-uncovered 1956 footage from the STARS OF JAZZ television show (three songs), and there is a 1958 appearance, too.The most famous Lady Day clip (1957's all-star jam on "Fine And Mellow") is seen in its entirety.The DVD also has a clip of Billie's key influences Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong, plus lots of other extras that are interesting but mostly not essential.Although some excellent Billie footage didn't make the cut, there's still enough of value on the DVD to recommend it.Add the timeless, extraordinary music on the CDs, and you've got a great introduction to arguably the greatest jazz vocalist of all-time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
    Lady Day is timeless&Will never go out of style.this is without a doubt the best all around Compilation on her Work&the DVD is a great collection as well. you get a chance to hear her voice&Material through various era's&whatnot. Her voice just had a way of hitting you emotionally that so few Artists ever reach that Zenith. Her Tone&Feel captures so many things all at once. she died far too young.She is One of My All time Favorite Artists in any Style of Music Period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars KUDOS!!!
    So many great things about this collection its hard to know where to start. This is the first collection to include tracks from ALL the record companies that Billie recorder, not even the Ken Burns compilation touched so much ground. There are tracks that are unavailable in CD until now, like 'Detour Ahead', a classic song. The remastering, specially for the Blue Note and Verve catalog is breathtaking, the best these sides have sounded ever. Package is beatiful, this is one of those Sound + Vision collections, like the Hendrix at Isle of Wight. It includes a COMPLETE sessionography, every session, dates, musicians, places of every song released commercially. It includes a timeline, which is a biography, year by year of the life of lady day,with dozens anddozens of pictures and scans of documents and letters. Wow!! I was really impressed. The DVD also includes a bunch of audio feautures, like interview with Billie, and people who knew Billie. There is a great segment of Billie rehearsing with Jimi Rowles that is pure gold. Live tracks with Basie. The video clips are not remastered, some of them look and sound preety rough. There are more videos of Billie out there, I wish they had included more. The CD's are too heavy on the Verve material, some more Columbia sides with Lester Young could have been better, and where is 'Autumm in New York'? Still, this is a five star collection, recommended both for newbies and long time fans.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, THE definitive overview .... ESSENTIAL
    For years, there have been hundreds if not thousands of imports of Lady Day's music on subpar compilations that don't do her justice, various box sets put out by different record companies in the US (Columbia, Commodore, and Verve all have exhaustive box sets), but no true retrospective that covers the bases in one place.

    Until now. This is one of the best collections of songs ever assembled in one place. Previous retrospectives were great, but because they were usually limited to the respective record label, they fell short.

    In a way, if it wasn't for downloading as well as record companies finally being more willing to compromise, this probably wouldn't have been possible.

    From one of her earliest recording sessions where she sings "Miss Brown To You" to her final recordings where she does "I'm A Fool To Want You", all 42 tracks are classics.

    As if that wasn't enough, you're also getting a DVD of rare TV and film appearances, a lot of which have only been seen in documentaries (except the clips from the "New Orleans" movie Holiday and Louis Armstrong starred in and available on Amazon and contains the "Symphony in Black" short) It also has a few rare audio tracks as well as an interactive timeline. The only criticism (other than it having a slightly higher price tag than it should) is that I would've wanted the clip of "Strange Fruit" to have been included on here (unless I've overlooked it or it's an Easter Egg). But considering there's so little footage of Billie Holliday otherwise, the DVD alone is worth getting the collection for people who have bought previous collections.

    I highly recommend this to anyone who is a music lover of any age. If you own Jeff Buckley, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra (who was a huge fan of hers) or Nina Simone (or liked Queen Latifah's foray into jazz) this should ABSOLUTELY be part of your music library. If you want to hear what a torch song is and one of the most significant figures of jazz music let alone music, you'll find it here. If you want to hear what is considered one of the most important songs of the 20th Century, it's here.

    This is one of the best collections of music ever assembled, and warrants why more artists from the past should be putting out CD/DVD combos... This package is by far THE standard allcompilations should go by, versus the 1 CD packaging done for the millionth time just to keep an artist's name alive.

    I can't say enough good things about it.

    Frank Sinatra is another artist that should have a comprehensive overview out like this one versusdifferent record companies putting out the different eras. It strengthens a legacy as well as putting something comprehensive for future fans to enjoy.

    (Side note: A couple of compilations that I found are called "Billy Remembers Billie" and "The Milt Gabler Story", which comedian Billy Crystal put together (and amazon.com has it as well). Crystal's uncle Milt Gabler produced Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and others like Louis Jordan and Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock". Crystal has talked about Holiday taking him to his first movie. There's something about personalized compilations that I like though...)

    If there's one CD worth buying this year, this is the one. ... Read more


    5. Classic Sinatra
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    Few would dispute that Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest popular singers of the 20th century. His voice had distinct power and majesty, whether he was belting out a swinging dance number or softly crooning a tender ballad. When he was at his height, no one could touch him, and the songs collected on Classic Sinatra showcase the range of his talent. Recorded during his memorable run for Capitol Records in the 1950s, the songs here are more than just his best, they're often the definitive recordings: "I Get a Kick out of You," "Young at Heart," "Witchcraft," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "In the Wee Small Hours," and"I've Got You under My Skin." Like almost everything Sinatra recorded during this period, there isn't a dud to be found here, which makes Classic Sinatra a perfect introduction to the work of this truly great talent. --Robert Burrow ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Looking for a great way to discover Frank Sinatra?
    Than look no further. I had heard about Frank Sinatra but didn't know where to start with his music until I stumbled across this CD. It was my first Sinatra CD, but it certainly won't be my last! Classic Sinatra serves as the perfect introduction to this classic yet timeless singer because it's full of dazzling songs that are enjoyable to listen to. In fact, you may be hooked after just hearing the opening phrase of the first song. The tempo is generally upbeat, with the perfect mix of swingers and ballads. I enjoy listening to this CD while hanging out with my boyfriend or friends, while driving, or any time I need something to perk up my spirits.
    By the way, the sound quality is amazing. The recordings sounds crisp and fresh--hard to believe they're 50 years old!
    I'm no Sinatra expert, but thanks to this CD I'm rapidly becoming a fan. If you'd like to experience one of the 20th century's most memorable singers, pick up this CD now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice 'N' Easy!
    This certainly is classic Sinatra. Twenty of his best cuts from those Capitol years are here in this terriffically remastered CD, a Nice N' Easy feel being the overall theme. Some great ballads like "In the Wee Small Hours" and "One More for My Baby" are scattered throughout, but mainly this is a confident and swingin' Sinatra at the top of his game. This whole thing just leaves us feeling good, and a little in awe of Sinatra's greatness.

    If you have a lot of Sinatra's stuff, as most people do, this is a nice addition, and if you really aren't familiar with what all the fuss was about, this is definitely the one to get. A good twentysomething friend of mine recently bought this after listening to me chide him because he didn't own any Sinatra, or really know much about popular music. You can occasionally make out that tune he's singing as "It Happened in Montery", his favorite cut. Any fan could go on all day talking about these wonderful Sinatra classics, but better just to buy it and see for yourself.

    Frank's "Only the Lonely" concept album (which I have also reviewed) shows us the darker side of love and romance, but for the most part, this collection of 50's classics are either melancholy or swingin'. It's about the romantic chase (Come Dance With Me), and the sheer adrenaline rush (Come Fly With Me) of falling in love. Fairy tales can come true, it could happen to you, if your "Young at Heart", which is just how you'll feel after listening to this true Sinatra classic.

    Buy this one today. It might just seem like "Witchcraft" as this collection gets "Under Your Skin", and you find yourself playing it "Night and Day", not for a few cuts, but "All the Way" through. Thought you weren't a Sinatra fan, huh? "Oh Look at You Now"!

    5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC -- Sinatra means -- His Greatest!
    Since only 16, I was greatly influenced by ole Blue Eyes! Regard-less whether his Movies, his Records on 78 rpm or on the Radio! (Long before TV!) Then our Senior Yr comes along, we got old enuf to be "Dancing in the Dark with Mary Costa, Harriet____ or Dorris! We thrilled & chilled-out to "The Lady Is A Tramp; When You're Young at Heart; It's Witch-craft!" We stayed long, Past our Curfew" to have another Frostie to Smootch a bit-more! Along about 40, Frank's still going strong. Sir Robert Shaw said: "If you really hope to learn the art of phrasing, Listen to Frank!"

    Only reminded today on hearing Garrison Keillor, my 75th yr, hearing a Poem of Donald Justice: "Men over 40 learn to close the door very softly when leaving the room if not coming back!" But we leave it open, just enuf to hear Frank!

    So here is Frank moving us once more to Nostalgia, Bittersweet Memories, hearing, "You Make Me Feel So Young! ; Night and Day ; Put Your Dreams Away til Another Day; Come Fly With Me!"
    Only 7 out of the 20++ Classic Songs of Sinatra from Ole Blue Eyes, who never stopped looking, feeling, singing YOUNG! Every trip includes Frank, Duke, Louis, Sir Robert! Not-Yet-Older, Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great engineering
    Thankfully remastered classics. I remember going off to Viet Nam, wandering the streets of Tokyo one dark and rainy night and hearing "Strangers in the Night" blaring out of every bar with cheap speakers, it was the soundtrack before my personal hell. Years later I heard it rightfully played on a quality stereo, I wept.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sinatra Riddle, what a couple!
    Sinatra and Nelson Riddle are like Scorsesse De Niro in movies.A perfect combination.
    However, the jewel of the crown is "My funny Valentine" one of the most perfect songs ever composed.
    This compilation was complete. There's no hole.
    Sinatra in his best.
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    6. The Very Best of Frank Sinatra
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    A great, comprehensive collection of Sinatra's most popular Reprise tracks, and worth having for any number of reasons, Very Best Of features tons of familiar hits--but requires a caveat for casual Sinatra fans. When Sinatra formed Reprise, he began to re-record many of the sides he'd released on Capitol, in an attempt to transfer his catalog to the new label. It was a smooth move, but his re-recorded versions seldom replaced the originals in the way he'd hoped. And many of the familiar songs here are Capitol remakes. It'd be a task to compare the track listing here with that of the Capitol Years set, but if you want to get serious about your Sinatra, that's the way to go. If you're just a music fan, this is a gem. --Gavin McNett ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good companion to "The Capitol Years"
    Although both "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" and "The Capitol Years" qualify as greatest hits compilations, Sinatra fans would be well served to own both sets.

    Even though many of the selections on this 2-disk set are remakes of the earlier Capitol recordings, there is enough new stuff to make "The Very Best" worth the extra investment.

    "A Foggy Day", "The Way You Look Tonight", "The Summer Wind", "That's Life", "It Was a Very Good Year", "Wave", "Luck Be a Lady" and "New York, New York" are unique to this collection (as well as the execrable "Strangers in the Night"). And I prefer the Reprise rendition of "Night and Day", which Sinatra sings as a slow torch song. On the Capitol recording, it's done as a rerun of "I've Got You under My Skin." The more upbeat reading of "Witchcraft" also suits my tastes better than the earlier version. On the other hand, the introduction-only "Stardust" stikes me as strange.

    On the whole, I prefer the Capitol recordings, even though the sound quality is somewhat lacking. And of course, there are simply more songs on the 3-disk Capitol collection.

    Still, I'd strongly recommend this compendium to old Sinatra fans and those less familiar with his work. Flaws and all, it's classic Sinatra!

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST of "the best"- The way you remember Frank at HIS best
    A RARE collection indeed! Of the 3 dozen-plus Sinatra recordings i own this is the one i keep coming back to time after time. Not only a SUPER selection of 40 of his most popular classics (notably served up in a thoughtfully-ordered 2-CD songlist) there's another bonus hideen here as well: many of these tracks are stand-alone best evers. This is the way you remember Sinatra - smooth, rich and suave!

    This is THE VINTAGE of vintage Frank - recordings waxed almost exclusively from 1960 and on - and thus, unlike so many of the dreaded "best" compilations, this set spares us the litany of tired "same-old" recordings in lieu of the better swingin', energetic (and otherwise hard to find) takes of familiar numbers like "Tender Trap", "Don'cha Go Away Mad", "Witchcraft" and "Come Fly with Me" -- it's such a koo-koo day!!

    REPRISE's "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" would make a teriffic FIRST dip into Sinatra for many -- and for my part, if faced with tossing all of my Sinatra CDs but one, this one would be the LAST to go.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ok
    He is ok, but he blatantly copied AC/DC. I mean Angus & Malcolm invented smooth lounge singing way before Frank Sinatra.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The eternal crooner
    Frankie was sociologically the man who fought against all the odds and obstacles , he overpassed them and won. He acquired the status of living legend just because he knew engage all a whole generation of people , he din't only sing to the golden age , but he took the place of Bing Crosby and made the arrangements to be in the fashion mood with the post war generation. His velvet , expressive an eloquent voice he added his presence in the screen (From here to the eternity , the man with the golden arm ,Manchurian candidate Von Ryan's express) and showed also his skills as actor.
    To talk about all the innovative devices that Frankie made in the artistic world would overcome that brief review.
    These Capitol years defined a style and melted to that golden generation of crooners as Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin , Dean Martin, Tony Bennet, to name the most remarkable.
    He survived to the rock new sound and he knew how to keep the link with a main social target without sacrifice any particle of his craft.
    Frankie was a powerful influence for the sixties generation , think in Tom Jones for instance or Engelbert Humperdinck.
    I would need a book to talk about the huge influence that even still Sinatra is making now, in this age.
    Acquire this set and don't forget that Frankie was also a blessed guy . He married with Ava Gardner ,a cosmic beauty.
    And above all think in this point , the portrait made for Mario Puzzo in the Godfather was meangliness due the myth was built!.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Standard By Which All Others Are Judged: Frank Sinatra!
    When it comes to the music of the twentieth century, there are many musical presences that made tremendous contributions to the foundation, development, and elevation of American popular music and the greatness it has achieved, but no one and I mean no one has had a greater influence on the art form or impact on the public through the medium than the master, Frank Sinatra. Never before or since have we seen a single personality dominate the publics attention for such a lengthy period of time, (almost 60 years) with his music, movies, TV appearances, concert performances, and Rat Pack adventures. Even more so today, his massive body of work is cherished and enjoyed by countless numbers of adoring fans worldwide and rightfully so, he left us with an treasure chest full of priceless gems that is unequalled, at least in this century.

    "The Very Best of Frank Sinatra" is a masterful compilation of his greatest hits that any music lover is sure to enjoy. There are many remakes of earlier recordings that Frank did with Capitol on this CD, several of which I like better than the originals, but my all time favorite Sinatra songs are also included on this CD and those are the ones I can't live without. When Frank starts to swing to "That's Life", "The Way You Look Tonight", or "The Best Is Yet To Come", you can feel his passion for the music pour out through the speakers and you are engulfed by his perfect sense of swing. Never has there been a more perfect version of "Night and Day", performed like only Sinatra could with his perfect tones and exquisite phrasing. "Summer Wind" is flawless, and there is no other song I know of that will lift you up off the deck and fill your sails with wind than the exhilarating "Theme from New York, New York".

    I feel that this mixture of classic Sinatra songs is as near to perfect as you will ever find on a two CD set. Those of you who are already Sinatra lovers probably have many of these tunes on other Sinatra CDs, but I really like the way these tunes are arranged in order on these CDs and the quality is probably better than earlier recordings so I would still suggest you get this CD set also. For those of you who are just beginning to discover the musical genius that is Sinatra, this is a must have CD set no questions asked. After listening to this collection of songs you will surely be coming back for more. I guarantee it!

    I recently discovered a new contemporary crooner named Monte Procopio that I also enjoy. He sings with a real passion for the music and his new CD, "Monte Procopio "Swingin' With Style" features a 13 piece band that really swings and deserves a listen. ... Read more


    7. The World Of Nat King Cole
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    Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Nat King Cole's death in 1965, this compilation is the CD companion of an excellent DVD/documentary. Produced with the blessing of his estate, this disc is a thorough survey of his timeless genius--all recorded on the Capitol label. It captures his sumptuous and soothing tenor voice crooning on the pop tunes he made famous, like the ethereal "Nature Boy," the melancholy "Mona Lisa," and the bouncy "Straighten Up and Fly Right," and "Route 66." It also features Cole's often-overlooked skills as an Earl Hines-style pianist. "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)," and "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup," attest to his international appeal, and see if you can keep a dry eye when you listen to Natalie Cole's posthumous, digitally-enhanced duet with her father on "Unforgettable." From strings to big bands, Nat King Cole is never out of style. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Cole Compilation
    This CD is a great starting point for anyone who is only casually acquainted with Nat's legendary career.Twenty-eight tracks, great audio quality, and terrific liner notes by Natalie Cole make "The World of Nat King Cole " a one-of-a-kind bargain.The songs are pretty much in chronological order from the 1940's through the 60's until Nat's untimely death in February of 1965.It's a classy 40th - anniversary salute to one of the greatest pop/jazz vocalists of the 20th-century.Cole, Sinatra, Bennett, and Torme form the Hall of Fame of the most brilliant interpreters of pop standards, and this CD is a worthy addition to that collective discography.Essential, five stars, and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    5-0 out of 5 stars His Warmth Shines Through
    Nat King Cole projects such warmth in performance.Although this project recognizes the 40th anniversary of his passing, he seems be eternally present through these marvelous recordings.Sisters Natalie and Carole Cole have worked hard to bring this project to fruition; and the result projects their love and care.Seeing the photograph of Nat with John Kennedy and the telegram from Martin Luther King Jr. highlights the importance of this performer during his lifetime.The fact that his brilliance reads to a new generation 40 years later testifies to his enduring legacy.

    The music here is so consistently brilliant that it's hard to pick favorites.The whole CD is a highlight.At the top of my own personal top ten recently has been Chris Botti's instrumental version of "When I Fall In Love."To hear King's vocals with the lyric is a real treat, "When I give my heart, it will be completely; or I'll never give my heart."This is the type track that makes romantics everywhere melt!:)The instrumental version of "Nature Boy" in the film "Angel Eyes" where Jim Caviezel suffering from amnesia suddenly picks up a horn and plays this song impressed this melody indelibly on my mind.Then to hear it again in Moulin Rouge was another treat.This version of Nat King Cole's fully highlights the wistful and gorgeous melody.The soft-shoe rhythm of "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" puts a residual smile on my face.Newer singers like Peter Cincotti or Michael Buble who hearken back to this era have their exceptional talent and ability, but Cole will never be matched or surpassed for being good & cool, as Isaac Hayes notes in the booklet.Billy May's arrangement of "Let's Face the Music & Dance" bubbles joyfully & irrepressibly.The Cole penned "Straighten Up & Fly Right" is so delightfully silly and serious at the same time!Bert Kaempfert's "L-O-V-E" is so thoroughly familiar, but exquisitely delightful in Mr. Cole's hands.This set sparkles with the remastering and Nat King Cole will long be a cherished part of our recorded history.Bravo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nat KING Cole...The name says it all...
    I've just gotten into the King and I am glad I did, better late than never, right? This album is PERFECT for any newcomer and even veteran fans. Most of these songs I've heard but only covers of including "Smile" and "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas." I was amazed at how this album is one of those great albums you don't have to skip over any songs. Each song is beautiful and it really brings a positive light and mood when you listen.

    I was going to create a list of the tracks and rate them individually but the majority receive 5 out of 5 stars so it's pointless.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great collection, Timeless Music
    The World of Nat King Cole is a really great CD. Being that I am in my twenties, I admit, the most I knew about Nat King Cole musically was "Mona Lisa" and "Unforgettable," but the "World of Nat King Cole" CD opened up a whole new world of Nat King Cole Music to me.I found that songs like "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "(Get Your Kicks On)Route 66" songs that have been remade and included in commericals were songs sung by the King Cole Trio.The music on this CD is so pop and upbeat.The sounds of the horns come alive through your speakers especially on songs like "Day In-Day Out."Other songs I enjoyed were "L-O-VE," "Too Young," and "Thou Swell."I enjoyed the whole CD to tell you the truth and so did my kids.This is timeless music.The CD iteself includes 28 Nat King Cole songs, including the duet with his daughter Natalie, "Unforgettable."This is a great collection at a great price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best NAT COLE Collection out there!
    Nat is among the very greatest pop performers of all time! As a jazz pianist, he was the top. His later vocal career is surpassed in consistant quality by no one! In fact, only Sinatra recorded such consistly great material during the 1950's and early 1960's. When Nat died in his mid 40's in 1965, his great sound passed on too, but luckily for the world his recordings will always live on! This CD has most of his very famous hits, ballads and toe-tappers, along with some lessor known, equally fine, songs. Check out his version of SMILE, the best ever. Also, ORANGE COLORED SKY, ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE. LOVE, and my favorite YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, just a few among the hundreds of his best, 2 dozen which are featured here! For those who say "Just another Company making $$ on another 'Best of' Collection", I say, Great! Performers like Nat come along maybe once a generation, and his recordings are as timeless as anyone's, and can be appreciated by all ages. By the way, the late Ray Charles was greatly influenced by Nat, and his earliest recordings are almost carbon copies, until Ray realized he needed to initiate his own sound! ... Read more


    8. Come Fly With Me (CD & DVD)
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    A year after his slickly produced recording debut launched him on a meteoric course to stardom, this combo CD/DVD set chronicles Michael Buble's crowd-pleasing live performances before amphitheater-sized crowds on a triumphant national tour. The audio portion kicks off with pair of new studio recordings again reinforce the 20-something Canadian heartthrob's 1950s-something artistic tack with mixed results: "Nice 'n' Easy" has a Sinatra-faithful jazzy swing; the overproduced, somnambulistic "Can't Help Falling in Love" evokes Perry Como more than Elvis. The remainder of the audio CD is comprised mostly of live versions of songs from Buble's debut, with his takes of "My Funny Valentine," "Fever," Van Morrison's "Moondance" and "Mack the Knife" again suggesting that Buble has an ear cocked wisely towards the Bobby Darin oeuvre. But with the notable exception of three elegant live-in-studio performances culled from Sessions@AOL, the live DVD does Buble's undeniabl! y charming stage presence a great disservice. Intercut awkwardly with offstage comments by Buble and his band, the balance of that disc suffers from an MTV-inspired, cut/dissolve-every-three-seconds style that's intended to focus one's attention, but does exactly the opposite. If sudden stardom virtually guarantees that Buble's impossibly smooth, expressive voice seldom ventures very far outside the Sinatra/Darin mold here, hopefully he'll leverage that fame towards greater artistic challenges in the near future. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Energetically regenerated Mel-oldies
    Michael Bublé has this panache about him you HAVE to see to believe. So the DVD disc of this two disc set is like a window into this amazing performer's treasure trove of timing and turning an audience to putty in his hands.

    You need to hear him sing only once to be completely wowed by his unique style. So the 8 tracks on the CD are split up into two new studio covers of "Nice 'n' Easy" and "Can't Help Falling in Love," and six tracks of recorded live performances: "My Funny Valentine", "Mack the Knife" (which is astoundingly well done), "You'll Never Know", and then live versions of those included on his debut CD: "Fever", "For Once In My Life", and "Moondance".

    The DVD includes live performances from the United States, the U.K., and South Africa. The 12 tracks on the DVD include performance selections from his debut CD: "Come Fly With Me," "Sway," "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart," "Kissing a Fool," "For Once In My Life", "That's All", "Fever","Moondance" and my very favorite "The Way You Look Tonight". Others included on the DVD are "You'll Never Know", a breathtaking version of "My Funny Valentine" and "Mack the Knife".

    Get this - 'cuz all that's old is affectionately Bublé and band renewed again.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
    My wife and I saw Michael at Massey Hall in Toronto and thought it was the best concert we had ever seen. We were hoping that this DVD would try to give fans who have not seen him live, a chance to receive a similar experience. The problem was that the terrible fast editing job does not do anything to show how he performs or moves. In fact a lot of the video footage shown doesn't even sync with the audio. The backstage and other non concert footage was good, although he tried too hard to show that he was not a "goody-two-shoes".It was a kind of forced attempt to be edgy. I think his natural personality and talent are edgy enough. The CD was a great bonus, but why all the repeat of old released songs. I find I just skip to "my funny valentine", "you'll never know", "nice and easy" and "mack the knife". Sorry Michael I expected much more from you, the person I believe is the best male performer in the business today. People who compare Cincotti, Evans, Robbie Williams or even I dare say Harry Connick to Michael Buble....Puuhlease!.

    3-0 out of 5 stars 2 1/2 stars for the dvd,3 1/2 stars for cd
    I bought this album about 3 weeks ago,the first time i heard his "MICHAEL BUBLE"album,it was 1 year ago at hmv's store in singapore.....,and it was a terrific album. since then i was so anxious to watch his live in concert dvd and Finally, i found this cd dvd album.unfortunetly, the live concert on this dvd didn't really meet my expectation of what his concert supposed to be.too many interviews and it was like watching a video clip rather than a live concert but anyways u have to watch it for yourself, and u decide !! so 2 1/2 stars for the dvd and 3 1/2 stars for the cd

    5-0 out of 5 stars DON'T buy this CD package!
    Michael Buble has recorded the theme for the new Spider-Man 2 movie and his version plays over the end credits but is not on the album.

    However, Warner Music just issued the song as a single. But WAIT!...

    Plans are in play to re-issue 'Come Fly With Me' as the current CD/DVD package BUT will include "Can't Help Falling In Love," "My Funny Valentine," "Spiderman" and a new mix of "Sway".

    If you still want the CD single of 'Spider-Man', it features a Junkie XL remix. Junkie XL also did 5 remixes of the song 'Sway' on the same single.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy For All Michael Buble Fans!
    I have had Michael Buble in my DVD player and on my big screen TV for almost three months now, and each and every time I listen to Michael sing or watch him perform I gain a better understanding of how wonderfully talented this young man truly is.

    Whether in my car, at work, or on my TV, I always get a feeling of satisfaction after enjoying his music. The DVD is very informative and the concert footage makes me feel like I am right in the middle of one of his concerts. With all the live performance and interview/backstage footage you really get to know what Michael Buble is all about. The CD includes some new material as well, and I especially like "Nice And Easy". With his gorgeous voice and unique style he will be a permanent fixture in the pop music scene for many years to come. This CD/DVD package is really marvelous and you can't go wrong buying it.

    If you enjoy listening to crooners and Big Band Swing, I would also suggest Monte Procopio "Swingin' With Style" CD. His 13-piece band really swings and deserves a listen. ... Read more


    9. Louis Armstrong - All-Time Greatest Hits
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    5-0 out of 5 stars All-Time Greatest Hits Indeed!!
    This CD is wonderful! Every song is excellent, every tune fun and nice to listen to.

    All of Armstrong's best known songs are present from "Hello Dolly" to "Mack the Knife." One of my all time favorite songs from Armstrong is on this CD as well: "Sittin' in the Sun." Moreover, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" a song which also appears on the "Sleepless in Seattle" soundtrack, and "What a Wonderful Life," probably one of Louis most famous songs are present as well.

    As always Louis has a very distinctive voice which sounds great with all the tunes. The mix contains ragtime style, to pure Jazz, to big band style. Every song on this CD is great! There are no bad apples in the bunch! If you are a big Jazz fan, then you will not want to be without this CD. This CD always puts a smile on my face when I listen to it because Louis' music is so fun to hear. This one of my favorite CDs in my overall collection!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GUY FROM NEW ORLEANS SAYS IT'S THE BEST LOUIS OF THEM ALL!
    1 KNOW THERE ARE A LOT (ABOUT 35, ACTUALLY) OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG'S GREATEST HITS CDs OUT THERE. I HAVE 31 OF HIS TAPES AND CDs MYSELF! JAZZ IS MY FAVORITE MUSIC (THAT AND GOTHIC/INDUSTRIAL), AND BEING ORIGINALLY FROM NEW ORLEANS, DOWN SOUTH, I HAVE HEARD MORE JAZZ THAN MOST. BUT I JUST HAVE TO SAY THAT OF ALL THE LOUIS BEST ALBUMS, THIS ONE CONTAINS THE MOST OF HIS REALLY, TRULY BEST NUMBERS.

    THE MOST POPULAR SONGS ON THIS RECORD INCLUDE: MACK THE KNIFE, HELLO DOLLY, WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD, BLUEBERRY HILL, LA VIE EN ROSE, WHEN IT'S SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH AND MANY MORE--ALL GREAT!!! MY FAVORITE TWO ARE "SKOKIAAN" AND "SITTIN' IN THE SUN." THERE ARE 18 TRACKS TOTAL, AND HONESTLY, I NEVER WANT TO FAST FORWARD THROUGH ANY OF THEM!!!

    I LISTEN TO THIS CD CONSTANTLY (IT'S PLAYING NOW!!!!) AND I NEVER TIRE OF ITS UP-LIFTING, SWINGIN', CAN'T HELP BUT SMILING AND LAUGHING COLLECTION. IT'S SUCH A "FEEL GOOD" CD THAT I GIVE IT TO MY DEPRESSED FRIENDS TO CHEER THEM UP. IT WORKS; I SWEAR! AND I DON'T MIND ADMITTING THAT IT HAS GOTTTEN ME OUT OF MANY BAD MOOD.

    AS THE BEATNIK'S WOULD SAY, "THIS MUSIC MAKES YOU SOAR, MAN!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Louis Armstrong Was The Epitome Of Jazz And Always Will Be
    The above caption comes from the seven pages of wonderful liner notes written by Will Friedwald, the author of Jazz Singing, and is attributed to the great Duke Ellington. Who, it is safe to say, knew what he was talking about when it came to Jazz.

    Interspersed with the notes are a few more photographs of Louis and several LP/45/78 reproductions. A discography of the contents completes the package, although chart performances are not recorded.

    Louis, of course, was selling thousands upon thousands of records long before there were charts, and after the advent of the Most-Played Juke Box Race Records charts [now R&B charts) in the mid-1940s, he had hits with I Wonder (#5 in 1945) and The Frim Fram Sauce (# 4 in 1946 in a duet with Ella Fitgerald). That same year he and Ella cracked the pop charts with You Won't Be Satisfied Until You Break My Heart (# 10) backed with Bob Haggart & His Orchestra. None of these, unfortunately, are included here.

    In 1949 he made it to both charts simultaneously with That Lucky Old Sun [track 7] on which he began a lucrative association with Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra [# 14 on what had become known by then as the Most-Played Juke Box Rhythm And Blues Records charts] and # 19 pop. That, incidentally, would be the last time he would chart on anything related to R&B.

    From there until 1966 he would chalk up 18 more pop hits, mostly for Decca, but also for the Capitol, Columbia [Mack The Knife], Kapp, ABC, and Mercury labels. In this volume you get all but the # 30 1950 duet with Ella, Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No), Now You Has Jazz, a 1956 # 88 duet with Bing on Capitol from the film High Society, So Long Dearie (# 56 in 1964 for Mercury), and Mame (# 81 in 1966 for Mercury).

    What A Wonderful World first charted at # 12 on the Adult Contemporary Charts in 1966 for ABC, and in 1968 a re-release "bubbled under" on the Billboard pop charts at # 116. However, following the release of the film Good Morning Vietnam it reached # 32 pop in 1988 for A&M, and in 1999 the same recording, overdubbed by the sax of Kenny G, reached # 53 for the Arista label.

    The sound quality on all tracks is superb and this is one of the best CDs on the market covering his hit singles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great
    This is a Very Good cd listen to 11

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smiles and Tears: Perfect Introducton to Jazz
    Louis Armstrong brought such emotions to my music collection. My, a child grew up on rap, fell in love with and old dead man and his beautiful songs. He introducted me to jazz music and expanded my horizons.

    That was three years ago. I now am a jazz fanatic. Louis brought my jazz life out of the womb. This ablum lacks the great early jazz recorded by Satchmo and some increditable duets with Ella Fitsgerald and many more. But one CD can only be so long and like I said a perfect introduction to jazz music specifically Louis Armstrong. God Bless and RIP. ... Read more


    10. Glenn Miller - Greatest Hits
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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you think Glenn Miller is for "old folks," think again!
    Glenn Miller's music is still as exciting, vibrant, and popular as it was 60 years ago. This CD is the perfect representation of why this is so. His unique arrangements give woodwinds an ethereal sound that is at once soothing and disarming (on tracks such as "Moonligtht Serenade," "In the Mood," and "A String of Pearls"). The counterpoint of horns with woodwinds creates a happy, carefree mood on "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," and one of my personal favorites "Kalamazoo." His numbers range from deeply romantic to cheeringly fun.

    I know teenagers who love Glenn Miller and are familiar with his songs and arrangements. I am 39 years old, so I didn't exactly grow up with this music. However, I know a good thing when I hear it, and this is great!

    For anyone looking for an escape from atrocious '90's music who is tired of finding that escape in classic rock, this is beautiful, infectuous music with the power to elicit em! otional responses in the listener. Believe me, this isn't just "old folks" music - it is classic and wonderful beyond belief!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Stuff!
    After Learning how to play saxophone, a friend of mine bought me this cd saying that I might like big band, and old jazz tunes, and especially Glenn Miller. So hey I gave the cd a spin, and fell in love with it immediately. From the tight swing feelings of "Tuxedo Junction" to the jazz ballad feels of songs like "String of Pearls," Glenn Miller and his band prove that they were the greatest and most loved musicians of the wartime era. I have since played saxophone for years, and have been playing along with this wonderful Glenn Miller compilation just as long. Put in this cd and enjoy the great tunes of this amazing musician, and if you play any jazz instruments at all, I recommend popping in this cd and learning how to play all of these wonderful tunes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great bargain for music that may change your life!
    If you're interested in listening to Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, this is the best single disc to buy (if you want to spring for a bit more, look into the two-disc "The Essential Glenn Miller"). Priced at a budget of $10.00, the CD actually contains most of the big hits you would want from a Glenn Miller album: "In the Mood," "String of Pearls," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," "Moonlight Serenade," "Tuxedo Junction," and "The Chatanooga Choo-Choo." They all sound quite good as well, with minimal hiss and crackle. Usually, the RCA "Greatest Hits" of Jazz series are poor buys, containing music from only a fraction of the musicians' careers that in no way represents their 'greatest hits' (the Count Basie album and Louis Armstrong albums are especially weak). But this CD actually delivers the goods: Glenn Miller was an RCA-Victor recording artist for most of his career, so the label was able to put the best of the best on this single CD. If you're new to Mr. Miller, or big bands and swing in general, here's a great and economic way to get started.

    The pieces on this album cover Miller's most successful period: 1938, when he formed his new band and suddenly became a sensation, to mid-summer 1942, when he joined the Army Air Force and formed a new military band. "King Porter Stomp" is the earliest recorded piece here, and shows Miller at his most jazzy. The latest recorded (July 1942) is the sweet, pretty number "That Old Black Magic" (with vocal by Skip Nelson & the Modernaires). In between is a treasure of riches of the big band era, many of which became famous morale-raisers during World War II. Glenn Miller's music was a crucial part of the soundtrack of American involvement in that conflict. "In the Mood," the infectious dance piece and probably the most recognizable big band melody ever, leads off this collection. Even today, this number gets everyone, from elementary school children to senior citizens, out on the floor. Everybody knows this piece, and everybody loves it. Another popular morale-raiser from the war is "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," sung by Tex Beneke and the Texas Modernaires. The band also swings with great sophistication on numbers like "String of Pearls" (which shows off the cleverness of Glenn's arranger/composer Jerry Gray), bounces around on "Little Brown Jug," and gets down low and swingy on "Tuxedo Junction," which Glenn borrowed from bandleader Erskine Hawkins after he heard his band play a version of it. Glenn's great vocal group, Tex Beneke and the Texas Modernaires (along with Marion Hutton) also sing two of the most popular songs of the era: "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" and "The Chatanooga Choo Choo." The band also plays some beautiful slow numbers on "Sunrise Serenade" and their theme song, the romantic "Moonlight Serenade." And don't forget the great start and stop number "Pennsylvanian 6-5000," which everybody loves to shout along with.

    Sadly, Glenn Miller did not live to see the end of the war he helped America get through: his plane was lost over the English Channel in December 1944.

    Glenn Miller, as others have pointed out, isn't music for just "the old folks." Young people are constantly falling under his spell, and his music is still enormously popular today with folks of all ages. This was part of Glenn's important appeal. He wasn't the best big band ever: there were many much harder swinging, jazzier bands around, like Count Basie's and Benny Goodman's. He wasn't a genius composer like Duke Ellington. He was only an average trombone player, not a virtuoso on his instrument like Tommy Dorsey on his trombone or Artie Shaw on his clarinet. But he achieved something important: he spread swing to all corners of the world, and to all ages, with his populist, happy, and fun style. His band members were incredibly talented, and they formed a tight group. They played pop music, certainly, but pop music that has transcended its era. And perhaps most importantly, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is a "gateway" band. His is often the first swing big band most people hear, and listening to them leads listeners into exploring this wonderful era in American music, when jazz was king. For me personally, Glenn Miller lead me to Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, and through many twists and turns, to Miles Davis. I thank Glenn Miller immensely for that.

    So buy this CD: it's less than ten dollars! You might find yourself on a new musical journey, and one day you'll also thank Glenn Miller for opening the door to a whole new world of music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for music-on-hold!
    We recently added music-on-hold on our phone system, and this is one CD we purchased for it. It has received LOTS of compliments. Great background music, or even house-cleaning music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection!!!!
    This really is a great collection, I bought it for a friend and he has been listening non-stop. If you like Glenn Miller this is a great collection. Excellent sound quality. ... Read more


    11. Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Get Ready to be Blown Away! Amazing!
    I stumbled upon this collection by accident and was totally blown away. I don't think a better ever singer ever lived than Ella, and these songs are one amazing performance after another. A lot of fun!

    She opens with the swinging "Mack The Knife" and moves on to one amazing performance after another. Her version of "Misty" is unbelievable. You have to hear it.

    Listen to her completely destroy any other contenders to "best singer of all time" with astonishing scatting on "How High The Moon." It's almost unreal, but actually recorded live in Berlin.

    You have to hear this CD!!

    Amazing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Taste Of Ella
    Ella's recording library is immense and one CD cannot begin to paint a picture of this lady's talent. But this album will give you a very good taste of Ella. The album begins with "Mack The Knife", not one of my favorite songs. But Ella gives a great performance, enhanced greatly, by forgetting the words and ad-libbing. She sings that she can't remember the words to the second verse and just starts making up something and it results in a very good time for the listener. A great way to start off this album, it's fun and enjoyable. That was, indeed, pure Ella.

    "Blue Skies", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "The Boy From Ipanema", and "Over the Rainbow" will take your breath away. Ella's smooth, singing always melts me. And if it's scat you want, "You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)", "Take The A-Train", and the classic "Lady Be Good" will leave you wanting more.

    This is a great collection and I prefer the collections that mix up the variety of her recordings rather than showcase only one style.

    It's a must if you want a taste of pure Ella.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best.
    Ella is without question the greatest American singer of all time. Buy this one, buy any of them, buy them all. She never made a bad album. She opens her mouth and heaven flows. I would also suggest any of the biographies, including some on dvd with performances. This diva was, IS, the real thing - with a heart to match the voice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Fella Loves Ella
    Ella is an extraordinary and refreshing exception to most Jazz vocalists. Many Jazz singers have a very bad technique, producing their sound from their throats in an unhealthy manner. Ella, however, has the technique and stamina of a classical singer. This why her career peaked in her 40's and was able to sing until very late in her life.

    Her singing is pure joy. She never strains or manipulates her vocal chords to produce that gorgeous, rich voice that just melts your heart out. The ease and beauty with which she sings, frankly, makes me question her humanity.

    If you want the best of Ella Fitzgerald, THIS CD is it. It is the premiere comprehensive single-CD sampling of her career. The recording features some of her best collaborations with arrangers (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, etc.) and performers (Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie.)

    The musical selections are excellent. The Verve label has chosen a balance of 9 high-energy swing numbers and 9 romantic ballads.

    Some remarkable swingers are MACK THE KNIFE, a live recording in Berlin (1960) where she blanks out on a verse and has to improvise. I'm smiling thinking about it. Another is HOW HIGH THE MOON, in which she scats incredibly for about 6 minutes. Throughout the rendition she adds (and revises) brief tidbits of random American standard songs, like SMOKE GETS IN YOU EYES: "They ask me how I knew my true love was true/ I have course replied, 'Something here inside...SWEAT gets in my eyes!" Ella enjoys entertaining while she sings, and her infectious interpretations pull the listener in; especially on the 5 live recordings on this CD, where one finds himself laughing along with the audience at times.

    Stunning ballads include MISTY (with her musically sensitive accompanist Paul Smith). Wow! Her lyricism, intonations, and diction are impeccable. Here she sings in a hushed soft fashion that is like she's whispering in your ear. SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW features its great, not often-heard verse, and such sincere, expressive singing.

    Buy this now. Ella will really impress you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Now this is the yummiest.
    Ella is so truly talented and her voice is so lovey...I can't get enough of you Ella! I pray that God himself will loan me your voice long enough to satisfy my hearts wish to sing like the Queen, her Majesty, Ella Fitzgella. Alright, I'll settle for the CD. ... Read more


    12. Knowing You
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    Inside the CD jacket for Knowing You, John Pizzarelli is pictured barefoot in a summery suit, his shirt untucked. The image nicely captures his unbuttoned approach to popular song. He doesn't have the strongest voice (his scat threatens to vaporize) and doesn't pin back your ears on guitar, but he gets inside the songs with such knowing ease and is so attuned to the demands of cabaret and jazz, he's difficult to resist. This time out, he goes beyond the constraints of his working group--which frequently includes his legendary father, rhythm guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli--to feature tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, clarinetist Ken Peplowski and pianist-organist Larry Goldings. Allen's Getzian solo helps transform the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" into a surprisingly effective vehicle. Pizzarelli and his wife, Broadway singer Jessica Molaskey, make Dave Frishberg's "Quality Time" a workaholic's delight. And there are first-rate renditions of Loesser and Kern, Cahn and Gershwin, making this one of Pizzarelli's best albums. --Lloyd Sachs ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a Delight
    I recently purchased this album from John Pizzarelli.I found it through some radio promotion and the nudging of some friends, and let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised.I know what I like, and this album has it all!Great guitar, vocals, rhythms, everything...purely great music!!!I truly enjoy this album every time I put it on, and have a hard time even taking it out of my CD player.I would recommend to anybody who enjoys great music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Pizarelli gem
    He's done it again.What an enjoyable album.Full of humor and a lot of suprises, expecially on lesser known songs.He somewhat manages to make theme his own.The additional vocals of his wife is pure pleasure. Can't wait for more from Mr. Pizzarelli

    5-0 out of 5 stars John Pizzarelli - theCrown Prince of Jazz
    From his very first release on vinyl (I'm Hip) to this exciting new CD, Pizzarelli is a master at what he does. "Coffee, Black" is a brilliant discovery, perfectly suited to his off-the-cuff delivery of the trickiest lyrics. Even his own compositions are maturing; on this album, "The First Hint of Autumn" evokes the arrangements of jazz great, Pat Methaney. For those who say his voice is light, I say phooey!He picks repertoire that showcases his large range and masterful command of words; these days we forget that ennunciation is an important skill for a singer!His guest artists perfectly compliment Pizzarelli's own style; particuularly the tenor sax and the vocal interplays with his wife, Jessica. All around, a gorgeous collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars solid jazz
    For all you naysayers and skeptics john Pizzarelli and his band (Martin Pizzarellli, Ray Kennedy) are the real deal. This isn't watered down vocal jazz that tries to pass itself off as something its not. Every one takes great (all be it short....) solos. Big thumbs up for Ray Kennedy here (piano). I usually prefer the more upbeat tunes and the swingers... "Knowing you" has far more of those then on John's previous disks. This disk also sounds much cleaner then other telarc recordings ( good production value )... Throw in a bunch of great guests like the virtuoso and terribly underrated clarinetist Ken Peplowski and Larry Goldings (organ) and you have a disk that's worth the cash done in a style that is all too scarce in this day and age of jazz that tends to over intellectualize. ... Read more


    13. Playboy Jazz After Dark
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    The ultimate 2-CD collection of late-nite, mood-settingjazz, featuring classic performances by Miles Davis, JohnColtrane, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Duke Ellington, EllaFitzgerald and Billie Holiday! Playboy Jazz label. 2003. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is an exellent jazz sampler... for late night romance
    Weather you want to relax after a long day at work, and get into your cumfy chair and read, or you want to romance that special someone with great jazz and a roaring fire, and a bottle of pink champaigne, this is the 2 cd set to do it with(sure there are cd's like "John Coltrane+Johnny Hartman" and "Charlie Parker With Strings", but this gives you a variety). This cd is not like msot hophodged cd jazz compilations(which I normally despise), this is not a sampler for your average bozo who doesn't know the difference between Kenny G & Eric Dolphy, this cd gives a difinitive overview of good jazz singers and solosits, and the songs flow and create a beautiful and at times exotic mood. Such great yet obscure singer like Ernestine Anderson and Miss Mary Stallings are featured here as well as great intrumentalists like Joe Pass and Gene Harris, and the newer but great Ken Keplowski. This 2 cd set will introduce you to not only yhe popular singers and soloitst but the greater obscure ones too. A great set of jazz, for any occasion waether in be a sophistocated cocktail party or a romantic date for two, or just you, a great cd, buy one for yourself and get one for a friend... A truly wonderful buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful romantic and moody album
    This 2 cd set is essential for all hep cats! Normally I skip compilations, however this cd creates a perfect mood for an intimate evening of dinner and who knows what else... This cd combines vintage retro jazz with newer artists, but the music blends well and has high artistic quality thuoghout. This cd is recomended even if you already have these songs on other cd's or by other artists, because they flow so nicely on this exellent and well thought thru two cd set. Hugh Heffner must have personally selected these himself, this cd is worthy of the almight Bunny logo that adorns the cover. Another plus is taht such unknown but great singers liek Mary Stallings, and Ernestine Anderson are included in this great set. This is a cool , hip and swingin' cd, for lovers in a romantic mood, a great addition to anyone's cd collection with any clas or taste at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Smoooooooth Jazz, with extra oooooo.
    This set deserves 7 out of 5 stars. I really couldn't praise this two disk collection enough. It has been described as a sampler, and that's accurate enough. If you like (lounge) jazz enough to start a collection, but don't know WHO you like, this is an excellent place to start. As a musical genre, jazz is as diverse, if not more, than any other type. It contains Blues, Swing, Dixieland, Lounge, Ragtime, and a throng of others. These disks are primarily what I would call Lounge Jazz - the type you'd hear played on an ebony baby grand piano, from across a dark room, sewn with swirls of grey-blue smoke and perfume, as the redhead in the sparkling rhinestone gown, sitting next to you at the bar, orders a dry martini, and winks at you playfully. Got the picture? The first CD is all instrumental. Deep base, sultry horns / reeds, and a tickling of the ivories. I was almost afraid to put the second CD in, for fear that I'd be disappointed. Number two blew me away. I couldn't believe I liked it better than the first. My favorite track was 13. Solitude - Billie Holiday. I would recommend this set to anyone who wants to start a jazz collection, but doesn't know where to begin.

    5-0 out of 5 stars JAZZ-JUNKIE's delight!!!
    For all you JAZZ-JUNKIES like me,(that doesn't sound so irregular), you will want this cd, especailly for the late night hours with that special someone. Yes all of us jazz junkies, already have this stuff in it's original context, but it's nice to have a variety at your fingertips, and this will introduce the novices to new artists liek Miss Ernestine Anderson(not too many people know about her), so buy this and if you love it, you may be a future "JAZZ JUNKIE", and there's nothing wrong with being a JAZZ-JUNKIE. So buy this cd you'll love it(& I love the "Beach house" humor, whoever wrote that original review must feel dumb). Just get this cd it's AWESOME. And one more thing... Jazz junkie, jazz junkie, jazz junkie, jazz junkie, jazz junkie, jazz junkie, jazz junie
    J-A-Z-Z J-U-N-K-I-E!!! That's for the guy who wrote never say Jazz junkie(we exhist and you can't shush us up). You wil llvoe this cd, jazz junkie or not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I keep a dozen of these at each of my Texas beach condos
    Hi I'm erin, the Zillionaire stousee. I gave 20 of these away to all of my lovers, they all loved it. Just give this and an expensive bottle of wine to any jazz lover, or any lover(HAHAHA HAHA HAHAHA !!!!!!, nothing like rich person beach house humor). I love this cd and I have been searching for the perfect jazz CD with everything on it, and this is it! I have one at my beach condo and one at home, and I recommend it highly! Thansk for reading my review. Did i mention I'm a bragging annoying rich person, who has to mention my beach house. Wait a minute did I say beach condo(I'm from Texas?), oh well. Buy the cd you'll love it. ... Read more


    14. Capitol Collectors Series: Louis Prima
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    Band leader and lounge kingpin Louis Prima will be best be known for the classic, "Just a Gigolo," immortalized by David Lee Roth for a whole new generation of swingers. But Prima's output went much further: in his day he recorded for Capitol, acted in a movie or two, even owned a golf course. Prima's genius is infectious: lounge, swing, and Dixieland all fuse together into medleys that are fun, dance-worthy, and upbeat. Prima's duets with Keely Smith are the obvious highlights here: "That Ol' Black Magic," "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!," and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are essential Prima tracks. Sure, the cheese factor occasionally runs high, but it is a fun trip. --Jason Verlinde ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The joy of life!
    This disk rocks, and is packed with great, upbeat music. It brims with humor and spirit. Even though it runs for well over an hour, I feel let down when it's over.

    Unlike many of the people who have posted here before me, I have no particular interest in the swing revival, and I did not come across Louis Prima via Brian Setzer. Brian Setzer is, however, as good a link to Louis Prima as any. Prima was a mysterious figure who played heavily in the otherwise fictional 50's period Italian food film "Big Night" (1996). Intrigued, I bought this disk after seeing "Big Night" in the theatre.

    True, the song "Beep Beep" is dated and corny, but it differs from the rest of the disk only in its space-age subject matter and "otherworldly" slide-guitar sound effects. It was topical during the late-50's space race. Everything else holds up perfectly well over 40-plus years.

    Prima's band is tight, yet spontaneous and not sterile. He has a great onstage comic rapport with cohort Sam Butera, and also with his then-wife and straight-woman Keely Smith.

    Example on "Won't You Please Come Home" --

    Keely: (singing) "Won't you come get your baby..."

    Louis: (stage whisper aside to audience) "Call from 'The Point'."

    This disk is a must for any non-classical music lover with a pulse. This is in my top 5 CD's, out of perhaps 300 I own, and is certainly a "desert island disk." Deservedly, almost everyone on this page has given it 5 stars. It doesn't get any better than this, kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AN ALBUM YOU WILL TREASURE FOREVER!
    Long before Brian Setzer did "Jump Jive N' Wail," and David Lee Roth did "Just A Gigolo," there was Louis Prima. He is one of the most underated and unappreciated American musicians of the 20th century! Just listen to Setzer's and Roth's (but don't waste your money buying their CD's) versions of those songs, and then listen to Prima's. Not only did Roth and Setzer literally rip off Prima (because they did little to embellish on what Prima had already done), but Prima was making this music 40 years before them! However, this is a testament to Prima's immense talent because his music is as hip today as it was 40 years ago when he was one of the greatest shows in Vegas. Prima was also a gifted songwriter and trumpet player. His voice is unique and no one else has a style like him. The music on this CD covers Prima in his prime and the sound qaulity is excellent. There is a remarkable timelessness to this album because the recordings sound so spontaneous. This album will kick any party into high-gear and will always put a smile on your face. If you really want the real Mcoy when it comes to swing, then Prima's music can't be beat. Prima was a pioneer in swing/jazz who's time has come. He deserves more than just Gap commercials and soundtracks to movies. His place in American music needs to be redefined as one of the greats whose genius was just as immense as Sir Duke's and Dizzy's. Get this album and you'll see what I'm talking about and then tell your friends where the real Swing comes from.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Music Goes 'Round and Around
    Songs are performed between 1956 and 1962 by Sam Butera and The Witnesses and by Luigi's wife Keely Smith. All the classics are here "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" gave Dave Lee Roth a hit, "Jump, Jive, An' Wail" was a big hit for "The Brian Setzer Orchestra", "Sing, Sing, Sing" for Benny Goodman Orchestra. This is goddamn great Jump Blues!

    5-0 out of 5 stars BOOM!
    If California has another power outage, just hook the generators up to this Louis Prima CD and pow!-- no energy crisis here! Louis is like that other Louis-- Satch of course-- juiced up on rocket fuel. Then you've got Sam Butera blowing the living daylights out of that howling sax. Keely Smith's clear smooth voice mellows it out a bit, but this thing jumps, jives, and wails all the way.

    With that crazy New Orleans-- or is it Neapolitan?-- rhythm going on behind him, and Butera growling for a few bars, it doesn't matter if this is jazz, lounge, or whatever, it's just infectious as can be. Oh, and by the way, Prima plays a mean trumpet himself. And he wrote "Sing, Sing, Sing"

    So for some screaming, super-hyped music, you simply can't pass this disc up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars so much fun
    Louie Prima was a true original. He's been copied but no one has quite matched this level of joyous lunacy. Buy this and have a blast. And catch his wife Keely in concert if you have a chance. ... Read more


    15. 85 Candles - Live in New York
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    This 2-CD set comes from Marian McPartland’s 85th Birthday celebration held on March 23, 2003 at New York’s Birdland, an event that also marked the 25th anniversary of her NPR show Piano Jazz. McPartland has been an enthusiastic champion of jazz as well as a superb pianist, and the high esteem in which she’s held shows through in the guest list. There’s a brilliant sextet with Phil Woods and Dave Douglas, while Regina Carter and Jim Hall together generate all the momentum of the swing era. Norah Jones and Karin Allyson are among the singers who join McPartland for ballads and buoyant up-tempos, while the trumpeters include Clark Terry, Jon Faddis and Roy Hargrove. The piano, though, gets special attention. In the enduring spirit of Piano Jazz, McPartland duets with Billy Taylor and impresario George Wein from her own generation and takes an exploratory approach to "Summertime" with the young Jason Moran. Bill Charlap adding a compelling solo medley. A fitting tribute to McPartland, this set celebrates both the breadth and depth of the current jazz mainstream. --Stuart Broomer ... Read more


    16. All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio
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    All for You is a tribute to the Nat "King" Cole Trio of the 1940s, when Cole performed as both a singer and a pianist. Krall, like her heroes Lena Horne and Carmen McRae, is also a singer-pianist, and she plays both roles on most of the songs here. She's able to link her singing to her piano playing in sympathetic ways and projects tremendous feeling through both. Like Cole in the '40s, Krall plays with a drummerless trio--here with guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Paul Keller. Their sense of intimate rapport is especially valuable on ballads such as "You Call It Madness" and "I'm Thru with Love," but also allows such uptempo tunes as "Hit That Jive Jack" to swing with surprising lightness. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised That I Bought This First
    All For You is the best representative of Diana's gift for jazz and swing music at its best, whether bouncy or intimate. You may think you're listening to a live recording. Even Boulevard of Broken Dreams or You're Looking at Me remain sophisticated without the addition of strings. Played just as the Nat Cole Trio might have down at Smokey Joe's.

    For someone raised on the pop and rock sounds that came out of the 60's hearing a trio play mostly without percussion was a revelation. When I clicked the local FM station back on after several hours with All For You as music while I worked, the incessant snare of the rock beat pounded in my head like waking up to a jack-hammer on the street below. I have _not_ been listening to jazz for decades. That's the point. I learned a lot about Nat Cole's early career that was unkown to me from the CD notes. If I hand't been able to listen to samples of this album, I would have considered it last because of the Nat Cole connection. I am in debt to Diana Krall for bringing to my attention music I would have never listened to without experiencing her love for it.

    I am in agreement with the other reviewers here that this is a great CD to unwind to, with its spare arrangements and quiet presence, not sleepy or mushy with strings. I love the playful Frim Fram Sauce, which Diana makes her own on this performance. Errand Girl for Rhythm is exactly what Diana becomes on this CD, supplying us with a steady telegraphing of her gifted jazz piano. You're Looking at Me is delivered with knowing sophistication the lyric deserves. I enjoy the simpler arrangements and intuitive playing of All For You more than any of her later CD's containing lush string arrangements that just sound studied and distant to me. The guitar work of Russell Malone is very tasteful, blending well with Diana's piano.

    This CD has a very intimate and immediate sound. The recoding mikes each player very close, making for the intimate sound of this performance. You feel as if you're right in the middle of Krall, Malone and Keller as they play. Each instrument (including her voice) can be heard distinctly. There is no "wall of sound" or distant miking and mushy strings to come between you and the artist.

    The production on Diana's early efforts, such as her first CD and Love Scenes, is uneven and less polished in comparison to the effort lavished on All For You. That is partly why I chose this as the first Diana Krall CD I bought. Unlike the other CD's the mike level and quality does not vary wildly from song to song, which I find annoying.

    If you have a strong liking for this recording you will probably have a strong dislike for Diana's later recordings made in lush string settings that place her and the band at a sonically distant location, as we are listening to the band at the back tables of a smoky nightclub in the '50s. The kind of stuff you'd expect to be playing on a penthouse hi-fi in an old movie. Diana does a solid job with the standards on When I Look in Your Eyes and continues the evolution on her new recording The Look of Love. But I can't help but think marketing forces are behind this transformation to the kind of sentimental, mushy sound that Nat Cole was doing by the time of hits like The Christmas Song. I'd like to think it's just Diana's changing sensibility, but could the same process be at work? I say this because I think if you're put off by her latest effort, then by all means try one of her earlier recordings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars five stars aren't enough...
    I discovered this album because a friend of mine in the music industry (who doesn't know all that much about jazz vocalists) wanted to know if Diana Krall was as good as all the hype about her said she was. After a quick scan of the song list I replied that it would be easy to tell because she had a version of "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" and that was one of my favorite pieces -- not only one of my favorites, I said, but I have a recording on a mix tape at home by some woman (who's name escaped me) that I considered the definitive version of " Boulevard Of Broken Dreams".

    Two seconds into the song I realized that this was the woman. I said, " she's better".

    Diana Krall's ability to interpret standards is truly amazing. I have a fairly extensive collection of jazz vocal albums and I place this one right up there at the top with singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hartman, Nat Cole & Billy Holiday -- not necessarily because they sound alike, but more because all of these artists can sing a song and make you hear it differently than you've ever heard it before.

    Now I'm not going to try to convince you that all of her recording are flawless, but this one is a pure winner. There's not a bad track on here. Some of the stand outs are 'You Call It Madness', 'You're Looking At Me', 'A Blossom Fell', and of course my favorite 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'.

    I can't wait for Diana to outgrow this label. They spend way too much time trying to promote her image. It's not an insult to say that her image is the least of her qualities.

    1-0 out of 5 stars HOT MUSICIANS & MONOTONE VOCALS
    Sorry but Nat would not be thrilled with vocals that would be more fitting to a Julie London tribute. If you really want to be blown away by a JAZZ DIVA tribute to Nat, then sample the tracks on Carmen McRae's brilliant "You're Lookin' At Me" tribute and you will hear a tribute collection that is classic and would get a big nod of approval from Nat himself! Diana does some excellent keyboard playing and I love the guitar work and rhythm but these vocals don't take you away like Carmen's or many other Jazz Diva's who are not getting the acclaim they deserve. I guess the music industry thinks that a pretty face is what sells in a well produced setting but you cannot build alone on this for too long. The character and soul in the Carmen McRae tribute is so strong and one can go to the Liza Minnelli "Minnelli On Minnelli-Live at the Palace" and sample "If I Had You" and hear how a rich soulful voice can turn this song into a really satisfying listening experience!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Diva's Best to Date
    Diana Krall is the consensus Diva of Jazz these days. While I don't necessarily agree, there's no denying her talent, and if you're curious about her artistry, this is a good place to start. This, her tribute to Nat King Cole, along with the ensuing "Love Scenes", are her best works to date. Highlights include the rollicking "Hit That Jive, Jack" and the haunting "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (the latter proving that Krall is capable of doing something memorable that isn't necessarily "cool.") Highly recommended, whether you're a big fan or not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite Krall CD !
    This is my favorite Krall CD as she swings much more on this Nat King Cole Trio tribute (not just sultry singing like her newer Cds) . Also she plays the piano more. I would buy her CDs just to listen to here play the piano as she is one the best jazz pianist on the scene today. I like her song selection which includes Hit that Jive Jack, Frim Fram Sauce, Deed I Do. Baby baby all the time, Gee Baby ain't I good to you . Her trio (like the Nat King Cole Trio)with no drums - Russel Malone on guitar and Paul Keller on bass really sound good together. ... Read more


    17. Love Scenes
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    Like a mink draped over mahogany, Diana Krall's luxuriously supple alto adorns the vintage songs of romance and longing found on Love Scenes with a palpable aura of glamour and late-night cool. Her ostensibly effortless command of phrasing and intonation, whether the mood is seduction or a sweet sassiness, further fortifies the opinion that the Canadian vocalist-pianist possesses one of the great female jazz voices to surface in the late 1990s. Augmented by spare but skillful instrumentation from bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone, Krall sustains a largely quiet (though hardly sleepy) ambience throughout the CD's 12 selections, from Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky)," which she also uses as a showcase for her touch at the keyboard, to Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away from Me." Her swing is artfully subdued ("All or Nothing at All"), and her wry, expressive approach to "Peel Me a Grape" is pure charm. Yet Krall shines most luminously on languid gems such as "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You" and "Garden in the Rain." Anyone in search of an album ideal for watching city lights at 2 a.m. should keep Love Scenes in mind. --Terry Wood ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a performance!
    Outstanding and oh so alluring collection of beautiful romantic ballads. The clean simplicity of Diana Krall's smooth and sultry alto voice with only a string base and guitar and her own lush piano makes this some of the best music I have heard in years. The thoughtful styling she displays in each cut on this CD makes this the ideal score for the concept of "Love Scenes". Her rendition of "I Don't Know Enough About You" (it's the cut that first hooked me on her) is bouncy and petulant and showcases her vocal and piano talent while her bluesy "Lost Mind" transports me to places dark and romantic. Her take on "I Miss You So" exudes a wonderfully rich torch song aura and drips of romance. Overall, the cuts on this CD are remarkably reminiscent of the combination of dark chocolate and cabernet - rich, smooth, tasty, and utterly romantic.

    Definitely a "candlelight evening for two" collection that should touch the true romantic in anyone who listens to it. Ideally, the second CD for such an evening would be another of hers, The Look of Love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Polished set from masterful traditionalist
    Jazz singers who turn songs inside out, such as Cassandra Wilson and Holly Cole, are spectacular to witness, but staying traditional and still standing out is just as noteworthy accomplishment. With "Love Scenes" Diana Krall becomes more than noteworthy.

    A smoky, intimate singer just as at home with ballads as she is with swinging numbers, Diana is at her finest here on the longing "I Miss You So," the toe-tapper "I Don't Know Enough About You," and the bouncy "All or Nothing at All." "Lost Mind" offers a tasty bit of blues, "Peel Me a Grape" boasts a sexy swing, and "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me" is downright irresistible. But the album's crowning moment comes on the classic "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You," where Diana sings over a simple guitar and bass arrangement and manages one of the warmest and most inviting interpretations of this standard ever recorded. Not bad for a song commonly associated with Billie Holiday.

    The only complaint possible would be that Diana didn't shake up the format much; a Bossa Nova arrangement would have been nice somewhere along the line for variety. But in the face of such glorious singing and musicianship that both flaunts and inspires a love for jazz, such complaints matter little.

    5-0 out of 5 stars About as perfect as hubby's "North"
    I have not purchased the new CD by the husband-wife team of Diana Krall and Elvis Costello but am planning to do so. Both have long been in my vocal top ten for sheer talent, originality and musicality. You never know what to expect from such a hyped offering but for once, I was not disappointed. There is something interesting and lovely in ever single track. From the sexy "Peel me a Grape" to the fantastic "Garden in the Rain" these are extremely intelligent interpretations of several old classics.

    One almost wants to enter that smoke-filled bar, order a Martini and take a seat. The piano-playing complements the vocals and that is another reason to like this album. With so many rap and hip-hop "singers" abounding who can neither read music nor play a musical instrument, it is refreshing to find an artist who can do both effortlessly. Wonderful, soulful sounds.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sit down and relax...
    Being next to her just as she sings... simply couldn't get better than that! As a jazz freak, it is nice to settle down and just enjoy little nicely composed tunes, in all sense just a great work! Very standard preserved jazz, well structured and entertaining, and Diana's piano skills just add more and more to the scene, not to mention her consonant beautiful voice that is always precisely adding more harmonic structure overall. The girl is talented, no doubt, but I recognize other than her virtuosity the fact that she sticks to her style, and she does it like few others, Sarah Vaughan et al... Great music, just get it...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    The first song I ever heard of Diana Krall was 'Peel me a grape' and boy did I fall in love. I automatically bought the cd and fell in love. She is one of the first jazz artists I was introduced to and remains to be my favorite. ... Read more


    18. Jazz for Kids: Sing Clap Wiggle & Shake
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    19. Property Of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band XXL
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    Gordon Goodwin has built a bigger-than-life reputation with his composing, arranging and musical instrumentation skills.He combines all these talents on XXL, his second creation as ringleader for the Big Phat Band.After three Emmy Awards and two Grammy nominations, Gordon is still Hungry for more. The Big Phat Band is Gordon's creation...and his muse.XXL finds a stable full of LA's best Jazz players - Eric Marienthal, Eddie Daniels, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine and others eighteen deep - wailing alongside their leader.These players have over a dozen Top-10 Jazz albums under their collective belt.Their passion drives Gordon over the Top! Add Three more guest performances and the mix hits full steam.Seven-time Grammy winning vocal group Take 6 checks in for two cuts.Billboard chart-topper Brian McKnight breathes new soul into the Jazz classic "Comes Love."And Johnny Mathis, the man who needs no introduction, arrives to "Let The Good Times Roll." XXL finds Gordon Goodwin at the top of his game.Virtuoso performances abound on the record, by Gordon and all his key companions.Traditional big band music feels more alive than ever.The electric energy at Gordon's sold-out west coast gigs can only testify that the man has something cooking. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Modern Big Band at its Finest
    Gordon Goodwin is one of the most successful big band writers ever, and it's a shame more of the general public doesn't know about him. This album is proof, as Gordon assembles some of the West Coast's greatest studio musicians along with a cast of all-stars that will knock your socks off.
    Starting with "High Maintenance", Goodwin explores all the different ways you can make a big band sound good, plus he isn't afraid to challenge his bandmates with complex writing that sounds much easier than it really is.
    My favorite cuts come on the second half of the album. "It's Alright With Me," featuring the blockbuster vocal group Take 6, shows what a great ensemble and a great vocal jazz group can do together. And Gordon's arrangement of "Let the Good Times Roll," featuring Johnny Mathis of all people, is a great treatment of a grand old tune.
    The bottom line is that "XXL" is an extended size masterpiece of moderen big band composition, arrangement and performance. If you really want to see what a big band is capable of, buy this CD!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    I was astounded by the amount of talent on this cd. Every single chart just about blew me straight out of my seat. Gordon Goodwin is a genious. How do you write something like Hunting Wabbits and then enough talent to play it?!?!?! Take 6, Brian McKnight, and Mike Brecker are all amazing artists that helped make this cd even better. The Phat Band is great!! This was one of the best big bands I have ever had the honor to listen to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous musicianship
    The editorial review at the beginning of this section calls this music "traditional big band music" - it is ANYTHING but traditional! The musicianship on this effort is just astonishing, the charts are bright, challenging, and interesting - Goodwin uses every aspect of his band to its fullest extent. Nearly every superlative imaginable applies to the Big Phat Band!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Make this day a Goodwin
    Course: A second course in the fundementals of the essentials of the basics of the big band style. Prerequisite: First course, with Swinging with the Fences. Students who wish to learn the big band style must purchase the required materials: "Property of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band XXL". Study is at the Learn at your own pace level, but be prepared for an accelerated learning curve. There will be no tests or study groups, purchase of the required materials assures a passing grade. College credit rating pending.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not Too Shabby For A "Sophomore" Disc!
    "Swingin' For The Fences" really caught me off guard when I heard it . . . and thousands of good high school and college jazz ensembles have also tuned in to the terrific writing of Gordon Goodwin . . . not bad for a Hollywood film scorer that once did "Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes"! Now the Big Phat Band is back with "XXL" . . . this sophomore result is bigger and better than ever!

    Goodwin has, once again, not only called upon some of the best session players in the business (such as Wayne Bergeron, Sal Lozano, and Andy Martin), but has called in plenty of guest artists as well (including Michael Brecker, Take 6, Brian McKnight, Johnny Mathis, and Eddie Daniels) to make this a disc you have to own!

    Goodwin does an outstanding job putting old wine into a new bottle, reharmonizing Mozart's 40th Symphony (featuring Eddie Daniels) and Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me" (featuring Take 6 and Eric Marienthal) . . . but it's his original works that really push the envelope of the modern jazz ensemble! From the first track ("High Maintenance"), you know this is not your typical big band playing. Other outstanding original tracks include "Hunting Wabbits," "Horn of Puente", and "The Jazz Police."

    If you're looking for "the direction" of the modern-day jazz ensemble . . . look at the Big Phat Band . . . this album, as well as "Swingin' For The Fences" will certainly be welcomed additions to your CD collection! ... Read more


    20. Quintette du Hot Club de France: 25 Classics 1934-1940
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Toe-tappin' fun
    I bought this for Stefan Grapelli's contribution (I'm a fiddle player) but enjoyed even the pieces without fiddle. Just try to listen to "Minor Swing" without tapping your foot or waggling your bottom. The music is fun and light-hearted, and good for playing at a family gathering with varied musical tastes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best guitarist who ever played
    If you like virtuoso jazz guitar and violin, old swing tunes, amazing acoustic guitar playing, or just great music in general, don't miss a chance to hear Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. When the Hot Club of France was formed in the 1930s, nobody had ever played quite like this before, and nobody has since (though many have tried). Probably the reason they aren't better known today is, first of all, because they played in Europe and never really entered the mainstream of American jazz, and also because until recently their remarkable music was available only on relatively poor-quality LPs and old 78s. In recent years, however, the wonders of digital remastering have brought these wonderful old tunes back to life, and a whole new audience can marvel at their virtuosity. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of Reinhardt and Grappelli's CDs, because their music is consistently excellent, but this one has a fine selection of songs and is a good place to start for someone who isn't already familiar with these amazing musicians. One thing I have to mention, though, is that the editorial review (by Jazziz) refers to a "6-CD set," which is apparently a different compilation. This is just a single CD, although there's quite a lot of music packed into it. If you're already hooked on Reinhardt and Grappelli and are ready for a boxed set, JSP's 5-CD set (The Classic Early Recordings in Chronological Order) and 4-CD set (Paris and London) are both excellent. No matter how much you listen to this music, it seems almost impossible to get tired of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Django CDs in a crowded field.
    The Reinhardt/Grappelli discography is currently overcrowded with product both good and slipshod, and someone just wanting an introduction to their marvelous music could easily get confused. Make no mistake, the vast majority of these 25 performances (clocking at a generous 74:15 running time) are taken from THE classic "Hot Club de France" quintet performances from the 1930s, and represent much of the very best work these two masterful musicians ever did together.

    For those not familiar with ASV's "Living Era" series, these are beautifully and unobtrusively remastered old recordings -- a virtual sonic textbook on how to remaster the old stuff right. The price is nothing to complain about, either.

    If you're looking for one Reinhardt/Grappelli CD, this is the one to have.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An exceptional CD
    I have to agree with the other reviewers, this is a great CD. I really enjoy it a lot. The sound quality is very good for an old recording - - it seems to have been digitally "cleaned up" with
    some care.

    This CD strikes me as a well thought out collection of songs; it's very "album" like. The accompanying narrative of the album talks about many of the individuals cuts and makes reference to particularly good performances by Reinhardt or Grappelli.. After listening to this CD many times, I agree with the assessments. There are indeed some really great performances here. I think some real care was taken in putting this CD together. I would have to say that these are select cuts chosen by someone who knew the material well. The music tends toward being up-
    beat. The Reinhardt - Grappelli collaboration was remarkable. The contrast of Grappelli's fluid violin work is beautifully balanced with Reinhardt's crisp chording and wonderful solo "runs". When I put this CD on while I am doing other things, there are cuts or passages that automatically catch my attention and I have to stop and listen and remark how good it is.
    Bill W.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Reinhardt & Grappelly
    This is the happiest music I've ever heard. I can be in complete doldrums, and somehow this music always makes things seem brighter. From the dolcissimo of the violin to the nostalgic rhythms of Django Reinhardt's guitar, this music is so full of spirit and sincerity that it colors your whole day with a smile. The standards are perfect for the quintet's style. Take this along for a leisurely afternoon by the river, a quiet ride on a back road, or even bring it to work to sweeten your day. ... Read more


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