Sings the Songs of Rodgers & Hart and Harold Arlen

Sings the Songs of Rodgers & Hart and Harold Arlen

by Lee Wiley


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Lee Wiley pioneered the "songbook" concept, for which a singer exclusively interpreted the work of one composer. Her Gershwin and Cole Porter projects of 1939-40 were major successes, as is the music on this Audiophile reissue. In a fairly straight but strangely sensuous manner, Wiley sings eight songs apiece by Rodgers & Hart and Harold Arlen while backed by a variety of all-star players associated with Eddie Condon, including pianist Joe Bushkin, trumpeters Max Kaminsky, Billy Butterfield and Bobb Hackett, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, and Ernie Caceres on baritone and clarinet. Although many of these songs have been interpreted countless times since, few singers have reached the emotional peaks that Lee Wiley scaled in her versions of "A Ship Without a Sail," "Let's Fall In Love," "I've Got the World On a String," "Down With Love" and especially "Glad to Be Unhappy." This set (along with the previous one) belongs in every serious jazz collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/1994
Label: Audiophile
UPC: 0762247201021
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 179019

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Wiley   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eddie Condon   Guitar
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet
Joe Bushkin   Piano
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Buddy Morrow   Trombone
George Wettling   Drums
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Dave Bowman   Piano
Ernie Caceres   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Artie Shapiro   Bass

Technical Credits

Brad Gowans   Arranger
Bill Borden   Producer
Frank Driggs   Text
Burton Lane   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Weston   Arranger
George H. Buck   Producer
Reg Stagmaier   Art Direction,Cover Portrait
Stanley Green   Text
Paul Wetstein   Arranger
Steve Martin   Producer
Larry Carr   Text

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