Self Portrait [Bluebird Anthology]

Self Portrait [Bluebird Anthology]

by Artie Shaw


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Artie Shaw has claimed that when it came to jazz clarinetists, Benny Goodman, his longtime rival, may have been the better player, but Shaw was a better musician. The distinction is important. For those who adore the sounds that emanate from Shaw’s horn, no one in jazz history has ever taken the “licorice stick” to the heights of expression and improvisatory perfection as the reluctant Swing Era superstar. Shaw, who gave up the clarinet at the zenith of his playing in the 1950s, handpicked the selections for Self Portrait, and he makes a strong case for himself as both a masterful player and an innovative bandleader. The set brilliantly charts Shaw’s art, hitting upon all the great moments of his stardom during the 1930s and ‘40s, as well as important work from the 1950s. Superior hits are accounted for (“Begin the Beguine,” “Stardust,” “Frenesi”), as are many lesser-known but equally important performances representing both Shaw’s big bands and small groups. Shaw’s exceptional sidemen, and -women, are also given their due, including trumpeters Roy Eldridge and Hot Lips Page, pianists Hank Jones and Dodo Marmarosa, and vocalists Tony Pastor and Billie Holiday. And through it all, one hears Shaw’s liquid phrasing, flawless tonal control, and superior improvisational skills. Goodman or Shaw? If that isn’t an example of apples versus oranges, then what is?

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2001
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266380824
catalogNumber: 63808


Disc 1

  1. Nightmare
  2. Cream Puff
  3. Streamline
  4. The Blues-A
  5. The Blues-B
  6. Shoot the Likker to Me, John Boy
  7. Free Wheeling
  8. Monsoon
  9. Begin the Beguine
  10. Any Old Time
  11. Yesterdays
  12. It Had to Be You
  13. Stardust
  14. Shine on Harvest Moon
  15. Back Bay Shuffle
  16. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
  17. Rosalie
  18. Traffic Jam
  19. Prosschai (Goodbye, Goodbye)
  20. Carioca
  21. Rose Room
  22. I Surrender, Dear
  23. Everything Is Jumpin'

Disc 2

  1. At Sundown
  2. Sweet Sue, Just You
  3. Man from Mars
  4. Diga Diga Doo
  5. Frenesi
  6. Gloomy Sunday
  7. Temptation
  8. Stardust
  9. Blues
  10. Blues, Pt. 1
  11. Prelude in C Major
  12. Summit Ridge Drive
  13. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?
  14. Concerto for Clarinet
  15. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  16. Dancing in the Dark
  17. I Cover the Waterfront
  18. Nocturne
  19. Blues in the Night

Disc 3

  1. Is It Taboo?
  2. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  3. Take Your Shoes off Baby (And Start Runnin' Through My Mind)
  4. Just Kiddin' Around
  5. To a Broadway Rose
  6. Dusk (Evensong)
  7. Suite No. 8
  8. Two in One Blues
  9. Lady Day
  10. 's Wonderful
  11. Bedford Drive
  12. The Grabtown Grapple
  13. The Sad Sack
  14. Summertime
  15. Tabu
  16. Lucky Number
  17. The Man I Love
  18. The Hornet
  19. The Maid With the Flaccid Air
  20. The Glider

Disc 4

  1. Begin the Beguine
  2. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  3. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  4. Get Out of Town
  5. Love for Sale
  6. Anniversary Song
  7. Smooth 'N Easy
  8. Stardust
  9. Aesop's Foibles
  10. I Get a Kick Out of You
  11. 's Wonderful
  12. So Easy
  13. Krazy Kat
  14. Orinoco
  15. Fred's Delight
  16. Similau
  17. Afro-Cubana
  18. These Foolish Things
  19. I've Got a Crush on You
  20. Someone to Watch Over Me
  21. Autumn Leaves

Disc 5

  1. Don't Take Your Love from Me
  2. The Chaser
  3. Stardust
  4. Summit Ridge Drive
  5. I Can't Get Started
  6. Too Marvelous for Words
  7. Yesturdays
  8. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  9. S'posin'
  10. My Funny Valentine
  11. Dancing on the Ceiling
  12. Scuttlebutt

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Artie Shaw   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Will Bradley   Trombone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Hank Jones   Piano
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Buddy Rich   Drums
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Mel Tormé   Vocals
Trigger Alpert   Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Klink   Tenor Saxophone
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Potter   Bass
Joe Roland   Vibes
George Wettling   Drums
Don Lamond   Drums
Bobby Sherwood   Guitar
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Si Zentner   Trombone
Herbie Steward   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Alexander   Trombone
George Arus   Trombone
Leonard Atkins   Viola
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Avola   Guitar
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Robert Barene   Violin
John Barrows   French Horn
Bus Bassey   Tenor Saxophone
Cy Bernard   Cello
John Best   Trumpet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Burness   Piano
John Cave   French Horn
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
Porky Cohen   Trombone
Harold Coletta   Viola
Keith Collins   Viola
Charlie DiMaggio   Alto Saxophone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Nick Fatool   Drums
Stan Fishelson   Trumpet
Mickey Folus   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Freeman   Alto Saxophone
David Frisina   Violin
Lou Fromm   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Harry Geller   Trumpet
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Jerry Gray   Violin
Allan Harshman   Viola
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Reeds
Max Hollander   Violin
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Gus Ischia   Trombone
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
George Kast   Violin
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Irv Kluger   Drums
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Eugene Lamas   Violin
Harry Lawson   Reeds
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Dan Lube   Violin
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Jack Mayhew   Reeds
Ed McKinney   Bass
Randall Miller   Trombone
Romeo Penque   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Perissi   Oboe
Ronnie Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Petry   Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Posner   Violin
Lou Prisby   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Pupa   Trumpet
Don Raffell   Reeds
Samuel Rand   Violin
Bill Rank   Trombone
Morris Rayman   Bass
Blake Reynolds   Alto Saxophone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Sonny Russo   Trombone
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
George Schwartz   Trumpet
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Lou Singer   Drums
Frank Socolow   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Sodero   Cello
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Stacey   Tenor Saxophone
David Sterkin   Viola
Bob Swift   Trombone
Julius Tannenbaum   Cello
Rudy Tanza   Alto Saxophone
Dave Tough   Drums
Harry Urbont   Violin
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Jon Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Leo Watson   Vocals
Sid Weiss   Bass
George Wendt   Trumpet
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Jack Zayde   Violin
Freddie Zito   Trombone
Alex Beller   Violin
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Julius Brand   Viola
Irving Lipschultz   Cello
Felix Orlewitz   Violin
Gordon Pope   Flute
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Carl Maus   Drums
Nick Pisani   Violin
Sam Rosenblum   Viola
Olcott Vail   Violin
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Jack Cathcart   Trumpet
Peter Ellis   Violin
Sam Freed   Violin
Fred Goerner   Cello
Morris King   Violin
Mark McIntyre   Piano
Dale McMickle   Trumpet
Nicholas Ochi-Albi   Cello
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Chuck Peterson   Trumpet
Martin Ruderman   Flute
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman   Viola
James Stagliano   Trumpet
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Joe Lipman   Piano
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Dave Cracov   Violin
Tony Gottuso   Guitar
Joe Kretcher   Bass Clarinet
Bob Morrow   Violin
Don Paladino   Trumpet
Manny Thaler   Baritone Saxophone
Stan Kraft   Violin
Mark Levant   Violin
Tommy Mace   Alto Saxophone
Dale Pierce   Trumpet
Jules Rubin   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Schumann   Cello
Malcolm Crain   Trumpet
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Ben Ginsberg   Bass
Joe Howard   Trombone
Sid Brokaw   Violin
Jud de Naut   Bass
Tom Dicarlo   Trumpet
Harold Furmansky   Viola
Jack Kirksmith   French Horn
Phil Nemoli   Oboe
Jules Seder   Bassoon
Frank Sigfield   Violin
Kathryn Tompson   Harp
Truman Boardman   Violin
Charles Coolidge   Trombone
Allen Shulman   Cello
Babe Bowman   Trombone
Jerry Joyce   Violin
Gil Barrios   Piano
Bart Wallace   Trumpet
Bill Brower   Violin
Bart Varaslone   Trombone
Vic Ford   Trumpet
Bernie Tinterow   Violin
Artie Shaw & His New Music   Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
William Grant Still   Arranger
Ray Conniff   Arranger,Composer
Tadd Dameron   Arranger
Artie Shaw   Arranger,Composer,Annotation
Frankie Trumbauer   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Sonny Burke   Arranger
Bill Challis   Arranger
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dennis Ferrante   Engineer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jerry Gray   Arranger
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Isham Jones   Composer
Paul Jordan   Arranger
Gus Kahn   Composer
Irv Kluger   Drum Arrangements
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Composer
Teddy McRae   Arranger,Composer
Chauncey Morehouse   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Arranger
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Van Webster   Engineer
Dick Sudhalter   Liner Notes,Annotation
Art Hickman   Composer
Paul Brizzi   Engineer
Buster Harding   Arranger,Composer
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Franklyn Marks   Arranger
Gerald Marks   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Roger Segure   Composer
John Bartee   Arranger,Composer
Arden Clar   Composer
Harry Coleman   Composer
Albert de Bru   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Jerry Sears   Arranger
Harry Williams   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
John Carleton   Composer
László Jávor   Composer

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Self Portrait [Bluebird Anthology] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the album is priceless.I would take exception with a few of Arties choices,but not many.For example,he omitted ''Octoroon'' and ''Confessin'',two of my favorites. ''Confessin'' in particular,which he did with Bennie Carter and J.C.Higginbotham,is simply outstanding.To me it rivals ''Maid With The Flaccid Air'', the Sauter arrangement, wherein Artie out-Dukes the Duke. I was a teenager learning the clarinet when Goodman and Shaw were in their heyday.I liked them both and in fact went out and bought,and still have and cherish by the way, the clarinet method books they endorsed in the early 40's.My own personal rating of the two giants went something like this:If I want to hear the ''Clarinet Polka'',I'll take Goodman,but if I want to hear lush,thoughtful and intelligent renditions of the standards such as Dancing in the Dark,Stardust,you name it,I'll take Shaw. As a clarinet student,I tried to emulate Shaw,without too much success,I might add.His work with the 1954 Gramercy Five group simply defies description,it's so good.As he himself put it,''there was no where else I could go with the clarinet'',and after listening to this stuff over and over again I'm thinking,maybe he was right.I'm glad I was around when he was.