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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B004S699HM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
2. 'Deed I Do - The King Cole Trio
3. 'Tain't No Use - Maxine Sullivan
4. I Was Doing All Right - Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peteron
5. Someone To Watch Over Me - Zoot Sims
6. There Will Never Be Another You - Chet Baker
7. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Anita O'Day
8. The Sermon - Hampton Hawes
9. They Say It's Spring - Blossom Dearie
10. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Mose Allison
11. Waltz For Debby - Cannonball Adderly with Bill Evans
12. Lover Come Back To Me - Billie Holiday

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The 1950s was a golden age for jazz and three-quarters of this collection was recorded during this era. Many of these recordings have been remixed and remastered, providing a level of sound quality not available until recent years. A wonderful introduction to the genre and a worthy addition to any aficionado s collection, Jazz demonstrates the enduring, universal appeal of this homegrown American musical style. The liner notes of the CD were written by noted jazz scholar and WWOZ New Orleans radio host Joel Dinerstein, whose in-depth commentary is accompanied by rare archival photos.

In recent years, Putumayo has explored the diverse sounds of this venerable genre on the critically-acclaimed collections Women of Jazz, Latin Jazz, Jazz Around the World and New Orleans. Putumayo s founder, Dan Storper, comments on his increased exposure to jazz since moving to New Orleans: :Over the past few years, I've heard jazz virtually seeping from the pores of this city, the birthplace of jazz. Listening to Joel Dinerstein on WWOZ reminded me of how much I still loved the songs of my parents generation and that selecting exceptional, relatively obscure songs by many of their favorites would help introduce many of these great artists to a new generation.

The inimitable Nina Simone opens the collection with My Baby Just Cares for Me, one of her most recognizable songs. Nat King Cole's velvet vocals and accomplished jazz piano skills are showcased on the swinging 'Deed I Do, recorded during his early days helming The King Cole Trio. One of the most recognizable voices of the swing era, Maxine Sullivan contributes 'Taint No Use, on which she ruminates over a romance that has run its course.

Jazz piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson accompanies Louis Armstrong, inventor of the modern popular jazz vocal, who delivers a spare but upbeat solo on I Was Doing All Right. Swing tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, who recorded more than 50 albums during his career, honors George and Ira Gershwin on an album that features many beloved standards, including Someone to Watch Over Me. Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker, who rose to stardom on equal parts talent and charismatic edginess , sings a soft, ethereal tenor on There Will Never Be Another You.

Pioneering jazz vocalist Anita O'Day contributes a husky-voiced rendition of It Don t Mean a Thing and self-taught swing pianist Hampton Hawes follows with the gospel-infused Sermon. Coquettish jazz singer Blossom Dearie injects her signature wry humor and poetic phrasing into They Say It's Spring. Composer, pianist and vocalist Mose Alison, whose music has been covered by Pete Townsend, Bonnie Raitt and others, contributes the classic swing valentine Don't Get Around Much Anymore.

Closing out Jazz is alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and pianist Bill Evans s spellbinding performance of the ballad Waltz for Debby, followed by Lady Day herself, Billie Holiday, who delivers a sultry performance of Lover, Come Back to Me.

Review

This exceptional recording features such legendary jazz artists as Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Anita O Day, Billie Holiday, The Nat King Cole Trio and many other wonderful artists singing some of your favorite songs. Most of the songs were recorded in the 1950s and as a result, 21st century technology (re-mixing and re-mastering) has benefited the original sound quality. My Baby Just Cares For Me sung by Nina Simone opens the program. Her instantly recognizable vocals and her piano playing are a sure reminder of what this inimitable singer brought to the jazz genre. Nat King Cole s trio follows with Deed I Do, a song that he sang during his early days as leader of the Trio. Among the stellar highlights on this great compilation, (and there are many), is the accompaniment of piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson to the legendary singer/trumpeter Louis Armstrong as they perform I Was Doing All Right. Armstrong s ability to tell a story in his charismatic voice and Peterson s delicate complements makes this pairing one that should be in your collection of great jazz duets. Billie Holiday delivers a sultry performance of Lover Come Back To Me to close the program. Overall, the new technology of this century paired with these golden age of jazz hits from the 1950s makes a great way to get introduced or reminded of what these legendary singers have brought to American jazz history. Putumayo Presents Jazz is highly recommended for educators and music supervisors who want a compilation of songs from the 1950s all on one disc. Buy it today. --Sounds of Timeless Jazz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Over the years the independent Putumayo record label has released many compilations with the word "Jazz" in it - from Jazz Playground for kids to New Orleans Jazz (one of my favorites). This time it's called just "JAZZ". The album, though "curated" by Putumayo's Dan Storper, has the input of WWOZ-FM (New Orleans) radio host Joel Dinerstein. Unlike previous Putumayo albums, Dinerstein's notes - though only a page in length for each performer - are more detailed and he has matched a unique photo image (many from Getty Images) for each essay. Most of the recordings are from the 1950s - during what was termed the "Golden Age of Jazz" and include less-common tracks by female vocalists Nina Simone, Maxine Sullivan, Blossom Dearie, Anita O'Day (from 1977) and Billie Holiday. The Nat King Cole Trio track, "Deed I Do" is from 1950 - just before Cole headed out as a solo act. Louis Armstrong is teamed with Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson on a track from their Verve duet album. In fact, Peterson appears on two more tracks - backing Holiday on one and Zoot Sims on the others.

And for the first time, that I remember, Putumayo has provided the names of ALL the musicians on each track. Nice touch.

As with some other recent Putumayo releases, there is no charitable organization benefiting from proceeds of this album. But that's no reason not to support this small independent label that is introducing the CD buying public (especially through its listening kiosks in gift shops) to many music genres.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 23, 2011
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As jazz anthologies go, this one from Putumayo is very good. Documented with full-page black and white photographs of the featured musicians in action and insightful biographical sketches plus art deco display font and lists of all the musicians per track, the physical album itself becomes graphically supportive to the selection of solid tunes of the 1950s. The album is indeed fine and mellow, and I was delighted to fill some song gaps in my rather extensive jazz collection. Since Putumayo has displays in countless boutiques and gift shops, which often play these albums as background, it would be grand that these excellent jazz tracks will recruit new fans. After all, jazz still gets little respect in our present era, and youth have a weak knowledge of history. This album will make an attractive gift to any music lover of any style. It is difficult to select representative vocalists, but Nina Simone, Nat King Cole, Chet Baker, Blossom Dearie, Mose Allison, and, of course, Billie Holiday should do nicely. As for instrumentalists, who can complain about Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Zoot Sims, Hampton Hawses, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans, with Ray Brown and Percy Health on bass and Louis Bellson, Jo Jones, and Connie Kay on drum, among others? Although the tracks are not "greatest hits", they are still a winner for Putumayo and for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luminator on September 5, 2011
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This is an excellent compilation by Putumayo, as usual. The selection of the songs is outstanding and the quality of the recording perfect. I highly recommend it to all jazz lovers.
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No disappointing numbers here, just fine music. It took me years to appreciate Jazz (grew up on Top 40), but now I can listen to collections such as this all day!
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