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Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song: TWO DISC SET CONTAINS BONUS TRACKS Import

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I3N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. But Not For Me*
2. Of Thee I Sing
3. Strike Up the Band
4. I've Got a Crush On You
5. Soon
6. Liza
7. Looking for a Boy
8. I Got Rhythm
9. I've Got Beginner's Luck
10. Slap That Bass
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Nice Work If You Can Get It
2. Blah Blah Blah
3. They Can't Take That Away from Me
4. Clap Yo Hands
5. Little Jazzbird
6. I Was Doing All Right
7. My One and Only
8. That Certain Feeling
9. Fascinating Rhythm
10. Our Love Is Here to Stay
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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Hearing Chris Connor for the first time on an Avid four album set was a revelation. This double album is a song book to rank alongside those by Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and jazzier than both of them. She chooses seven different instrumental groups to accompany her which makes the selection seem less organised than Ella's or Sarah's but the quality of the music making and the contributions by jazz soloists such as Al Cohn, Joe Newman, Ralph Sharon and Milt Jackson among others make the collection a memorable experience. My favourite tracks are the little heard "Bla Bla Bla" which is so beautifully performed that you forget that it is a tiny satirical piece which cannot be compared to say "Summertime" which appears twice, once in a small group version and as a rousing finale nicked from a later album with Maynard Ferguson doing the honours in a typically extrovert performance that leaves you gasping and, as Atlantic Records probably planned, looking for "Double Exposure" the album that it came from.. It's a shame that Chris was never lucky enough to have a Norman Granz to promote her when she was recording so her work was, and still is, not well known outside the USA but it jolly well ought to be.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The most original Gerswhin collection 23 April 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chris Connor recorded her Gershwin collection about the time Sarah Vaughan was doing hers. They were released about the same time and both sold equally, rather than competed for sales, because they were so different. Sarah's glorious album is pop-centered in terms of approach and large orchestral arrangements, though she can't help but take a jazz point of view on her vocals. It's a superb album and the C.D. version is even better, with alternate takes and portions of recording sessions. Chris' album was totally jazz in approach, relying on small jazz combos for accompaniment and approaching virtually every song as if it had never been sung before. When this album was released Chris was about a year into her career at Atlantic Records, a career that out of the gate aroused gigantic record sales unusual for a jazz artist. This albuma actually was recorded after "A Jazz Date," but that album eventually appeared two albums later (trivia for you Chris buffs). This a low-key, cool album with an intellectual approach to the material. Forty-five years after its first release it remains provocative, endlessly listenable and just as hip as can be. The extra tracks are Chris recordings of Gershwin songs originally on other albums (the Maynard Ferguson tracks all were released before, incidentally) and make the C.D. version even more attractive. Yes, when you see the photos you'll note that at this point Chris and Doris Day resembled each other. Interestingly, Chris was/is a gigantic Doris Day fan and Doris was/is a gigantic Chris fan. As an artist and individual, Chris has long been one of the most popular people in show business. She's so UNshowbizzy, so matter of fact, so interested in so many things, such a walking expert on obscure show tunes and little-known gems by master composers, such an intelligent and cool lady. It's too bad the public only got to know her through her songs--the person herself is so outstanding, too! The resurgence of interest in Chris Connor among young listeners is so thrilling. For a long time she simply was forgotten. Now she's big business again--what a joy that must be for her and what a lucky thing for all lovers of good music. And if you've seen or heard Chris Connor lately you know she is right this minute at the top of her form. Don't miss this wonderful album. George Gershwin would have loved it, Ira Gershwin did love it, and you will too.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
One of the great single-composer collections 15 Aug. 2000
By N. Dorward - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ella Fitzgerald is still probably the singer most associated with single-composer recitals, but this 2-CD set by Chris Connor is fully worthy of comparison with Fitzgerald's Gershwin set--indeed, I think I prefer it. Connor's warm voice is given a wide range of settings here, all of them (with the exception of "But Not for Me" and a few previously unreleased tracks with Maynard Ferguson) with small combos. Arrangements are mostly by the pianist Ralph Sharon, & are clever & tasteful but never fussy--there's sometimes a charming period flavour, as in the sly quotation of that West-Coast staple, "Bernie's Tune", in the arrangement to "Strike Up the Band", or the use of three-trombone arrangements for much of disc 2. He likes to keep the verses to the tunes, too, which is a wise move (it adds immeasurably to tunes like "Fascinating Rhythm" or "I Got Rhythm"). Connor handles the lighter-hearted Gershwin tunes like "Slap That Bass" & "Little Jazzbird" with style & wit, while ballads like "A Foggy Day" (given a brilliant, bluesy arrangement by Sharon) or "Our Love Is Here to Stay" receive luminous readings, understated but tremendously moving. Her accompanists include many fine names, like Hank Jones, Joe Newman, Al Cohn, Joe Puma, Herbie Mann, Jaki Byard, Kenny Burrell and Milt Jackson. This is a fine set.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Fit 30 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After forty plus years, this material remains timeless, as a good classic ought. It's repeatedly listenable; reveals something new every time; has many moments one awaits with anticipation. The Gershwins will continue to get ever greater in apprehension of their place in Music as time goes by. Everybody takes a crack at interpreting the Gershwins, but not even Ella nor Sassy nail it like Chris Connor has.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Chris Connor is simply unmatched in this material 11 Feb. 2012
By Mitchell Lee - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Chris Connor is simply unmatched in this material. The balance between freshness and insight, improvisation and discipline, intellect and feeling and so on is stunning! BUT what makes this set spectacular is that each song gets its due (no mean feat with Gershwin!), yet it all makes sense taken together as an album. This is not a collection of songs so much as a song cycle, and the unity is not top down from the arrangements and sequencing. It all hangs together because of the inner workings of each song; the jazz, the swing, the joy and the brains of Chris Connor weaves them all into an unforgettable experience.

By the way, here is the album I am talking about. You will need to re-create it yourself by re-ordering the CD tracks unless you have a copy of the LP handy. This is how it was meant to be listened to and the way the CDs should have been arranged to match the original LPs.

Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song

Released 1957 on Atlantic as 2-601
Album Time 1:23:07

LP 1: 42:33
01 Somebody Loves Me (1924) 2:30
02 Fascinating Rhythm (1924) 2:37
03 Little Jazzbird (1924) 3:15
04 That Certain Feeling (1925) 2:17
05 The Man I Love (1925) 2:42
06 Looking For a Boy (1925) 3:08
07 Clapp Your Hands (1926) 2:28
08 'S Wonderful (1927) 2:32
LP 1 Side 1: 21:29

09 My One and Only (1927) 2:45
10 How Long Has This Been Going On (1928) 4:04
11 Liza (1929) 2:42
12 I've Got A Crush On You (1930) 2:18
13 Strike Up the Band (1930) 2:34
14 Soon (1930) 2:05
15 I Got Rhythm (1930) 1:57
16 Embraceable You (1930) 2:39
LP 1 Side 2: 21:04

LP 2: 40:34
17 Bla Blah Blah (1931) 3:01
18 Of Thee I Sing (1931) 1:30
19 Love Is Sweeping the Country (1931) 2:58
20 Summertime, Boat Leaving For New York, I Love You Porgy (1935) 7:20
Medley From "Porgy and Bess"
21 I've Got Beginner's Luck (1937) 2:14
22 Foggy Day (1937) 3:27
LP 2 Side 3: 20:30

23 Slap That Bass (1937) 2:10
24 They Can't Take That Away From Me (1937) 2:14
25 I Can't Be Bothered Now (1937) 1:52
26 Nice Work If You Can Get It (1937) 1:23
27 Our Love Is Here To Stay (1938) 3:22
28 Love Walked In (1938) 3:05
29 I Was Doing All Right (1938) 2:20
30 For You, For Me, For Evermore (1947) 3:38
LP 2 Side 4: 20:04
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Magic Chris 10 Jun. 2000
By James & Kathryn Byers - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Weaving the magic as always. I bought this album on vinyl when it was first issued. I wore it out and now need the CD version. If you read this Chris - I love you.
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