Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration

Get Happy: The Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration


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Of all the classic composers in the American songbook, not even George Gershwin channeled the blues and jazz idioms like Harold Arlen. The Buffalo native and son of a Jewish cantor not only wrote that quintessential anthem of the Great Plains optimist ("Over the Rainbow"), but also many plaintive urban laments like "Stormy Weather" and "Blues in the Night." Verve celebrated the centennial of Arlen's birth (February 15, 1905) with a compilation that gathered much of the best jazz vocal Arlen readings extant in its vast holdings -- which includes not only the Verve label itself (home of much that was great by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Mel Tormé), but also the Mercury catalog that includes Dinah Washington and Shirley Horn as well as the excellent EmArcy label's recordings by Helen Merrill and Sarah Vaughan. Thank the composer's son, Sam Arlen, for the excellent compiling job, which begins with a track from the most famous Arlen record of all time, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook. From there he selects a wide range of material, some obscure and some very popular, that does justice to the sizeable impact his father exerted on American popular song. One of the happiest surprises is Abbey Lincoln's bucolic reading of another Wizard of Oz standard, "If I Only Had a Brain."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2005
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498267301
catalogNumber: 000397702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano
Louie Bellson   Drums
Buddy Childers   Trumpet
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Jimmy Giuffre   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green   Guitar
Jeff Hamilton   Drums
Woody Herman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Shirley Horn   Vocals
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Jones   Piano
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Morgana King   Vocals
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Helen Merrill   Vocals
Grover Mitchell   Trombone
Joe Morello   Drums
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Mel Tormé   Vocals
Dinah Washington   Vocals
Joe Williams   Vocals
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Russell Garcia   Conductor
John LaPorta   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sal Nistico   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Harvey Leonard   Piano
Russell Malone   Guitar
Si Zentner   Trombone
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet
Aarons   Trumpet
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Harry Betts   Trombone
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Ray Brown   Bass
Larry Bunker   Vibes
Marc Cary   Piano
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
John Clayton   Bass
Sonny Cohn   Trumpet
Henry Coker   Trombone
John Collins   Guitar
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Sammy Davis   Vocals
Eric Dixon   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Gene Englund   Tuba
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Gil Evans   Conductor
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Furtado   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Roy Haynes   Drums
Hendrickson   Guitar
Bill Hughes   Trombone,Bass Trombone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Gus Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Johnny Mandel   Conductor
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Sonny Payne   Drums
Ralph Pollack   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Emil Richards   Percussion
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Wilbur Schwartz   Alto Saxophone
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Turk VanLake   Guitar
Frank Wess   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kai Winding   Trombone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Diana Krall   Vocals
Richard Shanahan   Drums
Eddie Jones   Bass
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Joe Newman Quartet   Trumpet
James Dupre   Bass
Alvester Garnett   Drums
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano
John J. Grass   French Horn
Pellegrini   Piano
Dick Kenny   Trombone

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Billy May   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Buddy Bregman   Arranger,Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Shorty Rogers   Arranger
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Norman Granz   Producer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Gil Evans   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Gene Norman   Producer
Leo Robin   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Sherniece Smith   Art Direction
Stephanie Stein Crease   Notes Editing
Billy Rose   Composer
Sam Arlen   Liner Notes

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