Various Artists: Jazz Memories (2003)
The accompanying photo album includes thirty-five 8x10 photos by Herman Leonard and narratives for each by Ross Firestone. Fats Navarro is deep in concentration with his cheeks puffed out like Dizzy's. Lucky Thompson stands before his audience, eyes closed, and improvises beautifully. Monk is busy writing something at the piano, while smoke from his cigarette weaves intricate designs in front of him. Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn enjoy a cigarette and a break. Pops, Bird, Getz, and Mulligan are all captured during breaks in the music. Beautiful photos of Miles, Ella, Bags, Newk and Bean bring it all together. The combination of visual and aural jazz, most through ballads and highly personal glimpses, makes an excellent gift for this holiday season.
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Track Listing: Dear Old Southland; The Song Is You; Joy Spring; Body and Soul; Easy Living; Blue Monk; The Man I Love; If I Had You; Shoe Shine Boy; Are You Real?; Time On My Hands; My Man; Willow Weep for Me; Deep Passion; Broadway; Stars Fell on Alabama; Perdido; Embraceable You; Frenesi; Don't Explain; Hallelujah; Tune Up/When Lights Are Low; All Of Me; Nostalgia; How Long Has This Been Going On?; Can't Help Loving That Man; Jitterbug Waltz; St. Thomas; Judy; Me and Some Drums; Lotus Blossom.
Personnel: Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Emmett Berry, Roy Eldridge, Lee Morgan, Jon Eardley, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro- trumpet; Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, Benny Carter, Lee Konitz- alto saxophone; Sonny Stitt- alto saxophone & tenor saxophone on "If I Had You;" Harold Land, Stan Getz, Paul Quinichette, Lucky Thompson, Benny Golson, Ben Webster, Zoot Sims, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Lester Young, Charlie Rouse, Sonny Rollins- tenor saxophone; Coleman Hawkins- tenor saxophone & piano on "Me and Some Drums;" Cecil Payne, Gerry Mulligan- baritone saxophone; Jimmy Cleveland, Bennie Green, Bob Brookmeyer- trombone; Jimmy Raney, Barry Galbraith, Herb Ellis, Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Skeeter Best, Billy Bauer- guitar; Milt Jackson- vibraphone; Billy Kyle, Hank Jones, Richie Powell, Duke Jordan, Wynton Kelly, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Jones, Bobby Timmons, Art Tatum, Bobby Tucker, Wynton Kelly, Sonny Clark, Bud Powell, Red Garland, Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Tadd Dameron, Ellis Larkins, Erroll Garner, Tommy Flanagan, Lennie Tristano- piano; Oscar Peterson- piano, organ; Teddy Kotick, George Morrow, Bill Crow, Keter Betts, Ray Brown, Walter Page, Jymie Merritt, John Levy, Oscar Pettiford, Peck Morrison, Paul Chambers, Joe Benjamin, Butch Warren, Paul Chambers, Gene Ramey, Nelson Boyd, Wendell Marshall, Leonard Gaskin, Doug Watkins, Arnold Fishkin- bass; Max Roach, Frank Isola, Jimmy Cobb, Jo Jones, Art Blakey, Stan Levey, Denzil Best, Dave Bailey, Roy Haynes, Bobby White, Billy Higgins, Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Clarke, Charlie Smith, Shelly Manne- drums; Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald- vocals.