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Continuing the comprehensive education introduced with Pure Jazz, Verve Records has taken another dip into the cream of their collections for this broad and widely popular second helping. Opening with Nina Simone's haunting and somewhat ironic "Feeling Good," the album also vocalizes through the ages from Billie Holiday ("I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm") to Diana Krall ("Let’s Face the Music and Dance"). Instrumentals include Duke and Coltrane’s "Sentimental Mood" and "Killer Joe" by The Jazztet (featuring Benny Golson and Art Farmer). From the "straight" jazz of Bird’s "Comfirmation" and George Shearing’s poppy "Lullabye of Birdland" to the more pop-oriented (and perhaps less authentic) "Linus and Lucy Theme" from Vince Guiraldi and even "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" by teen idol Bobby Darin, Pure Jazz Encore casts a wide net, drawing in music fans of diverse and divergent ages and backgrounds into the broad legacy that is (or, some may argue, is not) jazz.
Track Listing: 1. Feeling Good - Nina Simone
2. Killer Joe - The Jazztet
3. Every Day I Have the Blues - Count Basie
4. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday
5. In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane
6. Let's Face the Music and Dance - Diana Krall
7. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - Nat King Cole
8. Linus and Lucy
9. "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis
10. Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens
11. Sweet Georgia Brown - Django Reinhardt
12. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong
13. I Feel Pretty - Sarah Vaughan
14. Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
15. Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
16. Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing
17. Confirmation - Charlie Parker
18. Someone to Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald
19. My One and Only Love - John Coltrane
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.