Post Tagged with: "Verve Records"

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

Ella Fitzgerald, “Perdido” (1949): Appreciations

“Perdido” was supposed to be a live showcase for Charlie Parker. Then Ella Fitzgerald – who would have been 100 today – stepped up to the mic.

Charlie Parker – Unheard Bird (2016)

Charlie Parker – Unheard Bird (2016)

Come on a journey with Charlie Parker. Hear the trials, the outtakes and the false starts of some of his most memorable tunes.

Diana Krall – Wallflower (2015)

Diana Krall – Wallflower (2015)

Diana Krall is better than these arrangements, better than this album, better than she’s too-often presented — even though those records sell the most.

Something Else! sneak peek: Dirty Loops, “Wake Me Up” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Dirty Loops, “Wake Me Up” (2014)

A lot of Dirty Loops’ covers have been released via YouTube, and the latest one to hit the video circuit is their more organic, more virtuosic rendition of Avicii’s Aloe Blacc-sung “Wake Me Up.”

One Track Mind: Trombone Shorty, “Fire and Brimstone” from Say That to Say This (2013)

One Track Mind: Trombone Shorty, “Fire and Brimstone” from Say That to Say This (2013)

With a groove so sharp it cuts through the night, “Fire and Brimstone” bears no small amount of resemblance to the fonky-psychedelic rock style of Trombone Shorty’s former employer, Lenny Kravitz.

Something Else! sneak peek: Daryl Hall, "Talking to You" (2011)

Apparently playing live on his addictively watchable web show “Live from Daryl’s House” has had an impact on Hall.

Half Notes: Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Stitt – Duets (1958)

Half Notes: Dizzy Gillespie/Sonny Stitt – Duets (1958)

An underappreciated Dizzy Gillespie record on Verve, includes some s-s-smokin’ thoughts of “Con Alma” — two, in fact.

Billie Holiday – Lady Sings the Blues (1956)

by Nick DeRiso Billie Holiday’s voice, fragile and thin at the end, belied the strong-willed fighter she always was. This record, dotted with tunes she’d once owned two decades before as a bubbly bird in front of big bands, makes the argument for her. By the mid-1950s, the hard-living Holiday had lost some dexterity, but none of her gumption. FewRead More

Diana Krall – Quiet Nights (2009)

A mature romanticism permeates “Quiet Nights,” Diana Krall’s intimate if not always challenging Verve release. Issued on March 31, “Quiet Nights” features three familiar Brazilian classics (yes, including, “The Boy from Ipanema”), four rhythmically infused popular American tunes and three elegant ballads. Throughout, Krall’s whispery smooth phrasing (part Julie London, part mature-era Peggy Lee) meshes perfectly — like slipping betweenRead More

James Carter – Present Tense (2008)

by Pico Ken Burns’ epic PBS documentary on jazz spent nearly all its time on the history up to 1960 and little afterwards. The implication was that jazz stopped becoming revolutionary and more evolutionary after Ornette Coleman ushered in the “new thing” at the beginning of the sixties. Thus, there was little time spent on notable jazz musicians of today.Read More