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ARTICLE: CHOICE CUTS

Chet Baker I'll Remember April, Zoot Sims Over the Rainbow, and Lorez Alexandria This Could Be the Start of Something Big

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Choice Cuts is an offshoot of Getting Into Jazz. Your butcher notwithstanding, we're defining a “Choice Cut" as an outstanding track from an otherwise unremarkable CD (or vinyl record); a track so good it justifies adding the disc to your collection. Here are a trio to start with...

Chet Baker, “I'll Remember April" (From ...

ARTICLE: GETTING INTO JAZZ

Marlene VerPlanck Loves Johnny Mercer

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Capsule An outstanding sampler of Mercer's lyrics, served up by a first-class singer who deserved to be better known.

Background How many song lyrics did this man write? Are you ready? ...

ARTICLE: GETTING INTO JAZZ

Jam Session Coast To Coast/Jammin' at Condon's

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CD Capsule 1950's straight-ahead jazz, spiced with ad lib commentary by impressario/guitarist Condon. The musicians are laid back and having fun. Kick off your shoes and join them.

Background In the ...

Ella Fitzgerald sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book

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Background The Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz musicians and singers for generations, ...

Runnin' Wild

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CD Capsule Two hot jazz legends melt the thermometer, pushing each other to produce the most inspired work of their careers. As the sportscasters say, “They came to play."

Background “So ...

ARTICLE: GETTING INTO JAZZ

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book

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Getting Started

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Background

The Great American Songbook--songs written from the 1920's to the 1950's by giants such as Cole Porter, Rogers & Hart, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin brothers--has inspired jazz ...

ARTICLE: GETTING INTO JAZZ

Chet Baker Sings

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CD capsule

Trumpeter Chet Baker's singing still provokes debate. Some love it, others wish he'd saved his singing for the shower. Here's a chance to make up your own ...

Jazz/Concord

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CD capsule

Two masters of the jazz guitar in a wonderful give-and-take session, listening to each other as they play and playing as one. The emotion is contagious, the ...

Together (Maxine Sullivan Sings The Music Of Jule Styne)

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CD capsule

What do you get if you take a 76 year old jazz singer who's seen a lot of life, surround her with a small group of premier ...

The Essential Vic Dickenson

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CD Capsule

Timeless, straight-ahead 1950's jazz, played with passion and elegance by seasoned musicians at the top of their game. Don't look for bebop or coolness here. These guys ...