Putumayo Presents: Jazz

Putumayo Presents: Jazz


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Putumayo is best known for putting out adventurous world music compilations, but occasionally, the company steps outside of world music, which is what happens with Putumayo Presents: Jazz. As its title indicates, this compilation is jazz-oriented; most of the recordings are bop or cool jazz (although there is some swing as well), and most are from the '50s (with some '60s, '70s, and '80s recordings included). This 2011 release has a lot going for it: excellent performances, attractive art work, fine digital remastering. But there are flaws as well. Putumayo fails to provide exact recording dates; the liner notes and credits give the years in which albums were recorded or released, but exact recording dates (which are the norm with jazz compilations) are missing. And the liner notes reference a Nat King Cole interview from "the late 1960s," which would have been impossible because Cole died in 1965 (sadly, he was only 45). But all things considered, Putumayo Presents: Jazz is enjoyable, and fans of vocal jazz will be glad to know that vocal jazz dominates this 42-minute CD. Only three of the 12 selections are instrumentals: Hampton Hawes' "The Sermon," Zoot Sims' 1975 recording of George Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me," and Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans' 1961 performance of "Waltz for Debby." And Putumayo spotlights a variety of vocalists, ranging from Mose Allison on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and Billie Holiday on "Lover, Come Back to Me" to Blossom Dearie on "They Say It's Spring" and Nina Simone on her 1957 recording of Walter Donaldson's "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Of course, jazz has had its share of artists who were both singers and instrumentalists, and Putumayo also offers vocal recordings by singer/pianist Cole ("Deed I Do"), trumpeter/singer Chet Baker ("There Will Never Be Another You") and the seminal trumpeter/singer Louis Armstrong ("I Was Doing Alright"). Imperfections and all, Putumayo Presents: Jazz is a pleasing example of what the label has to offer outside of the world music realm.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248030920
catalogNumber: 309
Rank: 102582

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nina Simone   Piano,Vocals
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Mose Allison   Piano,Vocals
Chet Baker   Trumpet,Vocals
Louie Bellson   Drums
Phil Bodner   Alto Saxophone
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Bill Evans   Piano
Russ Freeman   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Red Mitchell   Bass
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Joe Pass   Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Maxine Sullivan   Vocals
Dwight Dickerson   Piano
Marty Grosz   Guitar
Keith Ingham   Piano
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Moore   Electric Guitar
Grady Tate   Drums
Anita O'Day   Vocals
Connie Kay   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Ray Brown   Bass
Nat King Cole   Piano,Vocals
Addison Farmer   Bass
Phil Flanigan   Bass
Hampton Hawes   Piano
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Gus Johnson   Drums
George Mraz   Bass
Bob Neel   Drums
Harvey Newmark   Bass
Wesley Prince   Bass
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Carson Smith   Bass
Nick Stabulas   Drums
Chuck Thompson   Drums
Jackie Williams   Drums
Glenn Zottola   Trumpet
Jimmy Bond   Bass
John Poole   Drums
Paul Wuinchette   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Gene Lees   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Hampton Hawes   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer,Song Selection
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations,Cover Art
Bob Haymes   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Marty Clarke   Composer
Joel Dinerstein   Liner Notes

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