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The Essential Artie Shaw

The Essential Artie Shaw

by Artie Shaw Artie Shaw
The Essential Artie Shaw

The Essential Artie Shaw

by Artie Shaw Artie Shaw


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The Essential Artie Shaw collects 38 tracks recorded between 1938 and 1953 for Bluebird. The compilation does an admiral job of showcasing Shaw's skills as bandleader, composer, showman, and musician. The focus of the disc is mainly instrumentals, both in small-group and orchestral settings, with a few tracks spotlighting the vocals of Helen Forrest, Hot Lips Page, Tony Pastor, and Billie Holiday. Along with the abundance of swing standards from the era like "Nightmare," "Frenesi," and "Begin the Beguine," the combination of big band and strings allows for colorful and intricate arrangements on "April in Paris," "Any Old Time," "All the Things You Are," and the Shaw-penned "Concerto for Clarinet (Pts. 1-2)," finding the unique composer on par with Stan Kenton. Collectors should take note of the previously unissued 1936 take of "Streamline."

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766923926
catalogNumber: 69239
Rank: 50595


Disc 1

  1. Begin the Beguine
  2. Special Delivery Stomp
  3. Non-Stop Flight
  4. Deep Purple
  5. Oh, Lady Be Good
  6. Scuttlebutt
  7. Shoot the Likker to Me, Johnny Boy
  8. St. James Infirmary Blues, Pts. 1-2
  9. Georgia on My Mind
  10. April in Paris
  11. Any Old Time
  12. All the Things You Are
  13. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  14. Back Bay Shuffle
  15. (When Your Heart's on Fire) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  16. Tabu
  17. Blues in the Night
  18. Concerto for Clarinet, Pts. 1-2

Disc 2

  1. Frenesi
  2. Summit Ridge Drive
  3. Take Your Shoes Off, Baby
  4. It Had to Be You
  5. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  6. Indian Love Call
  7. Dancing in the Dark
  8. Deep in a Dream
  9. I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
  10. Star Dust
  11. A Room with a View
  12. Temptation
  13. Streamline
  14. Traffic Jam
  15. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  16. Yesterdays
  17. You're a Lucky Guy
  18. Alone Together
  19. These Foolish Things
  20. Nightmare

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Artie Shaw   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Lena Horne   Vocals
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet,Soloist
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Buddy Rich   Drums
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano,Harpsichord
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
George Wettling   Drums
Helen Forrest   Vocals
Skitch Henderson   Piano
George Arus   Trombone
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Burness   Piano
Nick Fatool   Drums
Hendrickson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet,Vocals
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
Leo Watson   Vocals
Tony Gottuso   Guitar
Jud de Naut   Bass
Johnny Best   Trumpet
Dick Clark   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Rudolf Friml   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
William Grant Still   Arranger
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Artie Shaw   Arranger,Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Barry Feldman   Reissue Producer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jerry Gray   Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Teddy McRae   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Stillman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Margarita Lecuona   Composer
Lloyd Rauch   Liner Notes
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Einar A. Swan   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
John Carleton   Composer

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