Save Your Love For Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues Ballads

Save Your Love For Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues Ballads

by Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson


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Excelling at the art of blues balladry demands that a musician possess great feeling but also great control. No surprise then, that one of its greatest practitioners, Nancy Wilson, has both traits in abundance. Save Your Love for Me: Nancy Wilson Sings the Great Blues Ballads is one in a loose series of three Capitol compilations to compile her late-'50s and early-'60s prime, the others focusing on the Great American Songbook and the torch song. The title track leads off the set, as it should, considering that Wilson's co-billed collaborative LP with Cannonball Adderley's quintet is the highlight of her career, and no single performance proves it more than this one (both Cannonball's alto and brother Nat's cornet echo her weary yet hopeful tone). The rest of the songs involve a larger band -- excepting two tracks from her only other major quintet collaboration, The Swingin's Mutual! with George Shearing -- but Wilson preserves the late-night feel (helped greatly by the sympathetic charts of Billy May and Mike Melvoin's organ). Throughout her career Nancy Wilson proved her talents in many fields -- jazz singing, ballads, pop music, crossovers -- but she never sounded better than when she was given an unhurried arrangement to stretch out on a slow blues, and any listener who wanted to concentrate only on the essence of Nancy Wilson could hardly do better than purchase this collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724347755828
catalogNumber: 77558
Rank: 78016


  1. Save Your Love for Me
  2. In the Dark
  3. Don't Go to Strangers
  4. This Bitter Earth
  5. Willow Weep for Me
  6. All Night Long
  7. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
  8. Please Send Me Someone to Love
  9. Just for a Thrill
  10. Born to Be Blue
  11. I Wanna Be Loved
  12. Make Me a Present of You
  13. Blue Prelude
  14. Since I Fell for You
  15. Don't Take Your Love from Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nancy Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Buddy Collette   Reeds
Eddie Costa   Vibes
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Louis Hayes   Drums
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Carmell Jones   Trumpet
Sam Jones   Bass
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Drums
Billy May   Conductor
Joe Pass   Guitar
Bill Perkins   Reeds
George Shearing   Piano
Willie Smith   Saxophone
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Jack Wilson   Piano,Celeste
Ronnell Bright   Piano,Conductor
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Dick Garcia   Guitar
Stan Levey   Drums
Justin Gordon   Saxophone
Joe Graves   Trumpet
Jimmy Woods   Alto Saxophone
Bob Bain   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin
George Duvivier   Bass
Porcino   Trumpet
Miles Anderson   Trombone
John Audino   Trumpet
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Israel Baker   Violin
Thelma Beach   Violin
Benny Carter   Reeds,Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Edward Bergman   Violin
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Samuel Boghossian   Violin
Walter Bolden   Drums
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Red Callender   Tuba
Nick Ceroli   Drums
John Collins   Guitar
James A. Decker   French Horn
Kenny Dennis   Drums
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Donn Trenner   Piano,Harpsichord
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Bob Edmondson   Trombone
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Estes   Percussion
Vern Friley   Trombone
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Chuck Gentry   Reeds,Saxophone
James Getzoff   Violin
Bobby Gibbons   Guitar
Benny Gill   Violin
Catherine Gotthoffer   Harp
Bill Green   Reeds,Saxophone
Allan Harshman   Viola
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Saxophone
Freddie Hill   Trumpet
Jim E. Hill   Bass Trombone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Jules Jacob   Reeds
Jules Jacobs   Reeds
Jimmy Jones   Piano,Conductor
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Carol Kaye   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Harry Klee   Saxophone
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Maini   Alto Saxophone
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Lew McReary   Trombone
Mike Melvoin   Organ
Dick Nash   Trombone
Jack Nimitz   Baritone Saxophone
Dick Noel   Trombone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Ralph Pena   Bass
Richard Perissi   French Horn
George Poole   Cello
Lou Raderman   Violin
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Milt Raskin   Piano
Clyde Reasinger   Trumpet
Bob Richards   Reeds
Lester Robertson   Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Meyer Rubin   Bass
Mischa Russell   Violin
Jimmy Salko   Trumpet
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Don Smith   Trumpet
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Albert Steinberg   Violin
Ann Mason Stockton   Harp
Butch Stone   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Don Switzer   Trombone
Tony Terran   Trumpet
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Buster Williams   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Eleanor Slatkin   Violin
William Calkins   Reeds
Stanley Harris   Viola
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
Jules Vogel   Trumpet
Stumpy Brown   Tuba,Bass Trombone
Nino Rosso   Cello
David Pratt   Cello
Ambrose Russo   Violin
Abe Aaron   Tenor Saxophone
Jules Chaikin   Trumpet
Sanford Schonbach   Viola
Bill Ulyate   Reeds
Ann Goodman   Cello
Mickey McMahan   Trumpet
William Schaefer   Trombone
William McLeish Smith   Reeds
John Ewing   Trombone
Bob Davis & Rhythm Jesters   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chuck Cooper   Trombone
Bobby Clark   Trumpet
Williams Vandenberg   Cello
Nancy Jo Wilson   Vocals
Fred Haller   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Arthur Frantz   French Horn
Ronald Smith   Trombone

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Billy May   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Don Redman   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Lil Armstrong   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Arranger
Clyde Otis   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Tom Morgan   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Robert Wells   Composer
Andy Wiswell   Producer,Audio Production
Lillian "Lil" Green   Composer
Patrick Roques   Art Direction
Joe Bishop   Composer
Dave Mann   Composer
Curtis Lewis   Composer
George Jerman   Cover Photo
Ann Ronell   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
R. Evans   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer,Audio Production

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