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    1. From This Moment On
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    2. Christmas Songs
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    3. Michael Bublé
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    4. Sympathique
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    5. Take Your Clothes off When You
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    6. The Phat Pack
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    7. Back to Mono (1958-1969)
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    8. All for You: A Dedication to the
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    9. Dear Mr. Sinatra
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    10. Classic Sinatra
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    11. MTO, Vol. 1
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    12. Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle
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    13. The Very Best of Frank Sinatra
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    14. When I Look in Your Eyes
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    15. Mingus Ah Um
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    16. At UCLA 1965
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    17. Christmas with the Rat Pack
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    18. Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella
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    19. Songs That Got Us Through WWII
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    20. Love Scenes

    1. From This Moment On
    by Verve
    Audio CD (19 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000GG4KTU
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    This album appears in the footsteps of 2004's Read more

    Reviews (43)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Her best CD!
    George Benson once said "people are going to remember you/your show, NOT for how much you impressed them, but for how Good you made them feel". I'm a strong believer of that theory. And this CD, makes a PERFECT example.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Classy interpretation of standards...
    Diana Krall's music can be a real hit-or-miss thing with me - her voice is enjoyable but not always her biggest strength. Yet with the right arrangement framing her vocals her music can be irresistible. With the right arrangement, what sells Krall's vocals is her superb sense of rhythm and timing. In that sense she's similar to Fred Astaire - he had a very thin, reedy quality to his voice but because he was the consummate dancer, rhythm simply oozed from every fiber of his being. More than his film recordings, this quality is evident in his jazz recordings with Oscar Peterson from the fifties. In this tradition, From This Moment On is one of Krall's strongest and most enjoyable efforts. She receives superb musical backing from the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra -- the arrangements hum with energy, especially the swing numbers, which are fantastic. "From This Moment On" has an incredible, manic rhythm (and features some swinging brass) to it that reminded me of recordings of the song's original bow on Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate. Krall's interpretation of "Come Dance With Me" rivals Frank Sinatra's (from the Capitol Records album of the same name) for energy and exuberance. On the slower side of things, Krall gives a touching interpretation of the Rodgers-Hart classic "Little Girl Blue." That song and "Willow Weep for Me" provides a nice counterpoint to the album's generally upbeat, swing-filled mood. The album is available from Target with one bonus track -- "My Shining Hour." This is really a very enjoyable album -- one gets the sense that Krall was incredibly relaxed and comfortable when making this record, freeing her to really have fun and breathe fresh life into these classic songs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classy execution.
    Diana Krall's big strengths when she first emerged were a musicality about lyrics that savoured the weight of every syllable, an instrumentalist's timing and ideas (though her piano-playing isn't up to her singing, it's been a crucial complement to it) and a delicate intimacy that made every member of an audience feel they were getting her personal attention.
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    Subjects:  1. American Popular Song    2. Canada    3. Jazz    4. Mainstream Jazz    5. Modern Big Band    6. Pop    7. Standards    8. Swing    9. Vocal Jazz   


    2. Christmas Songs
    by Verve
    Audio CD (01 November, 2005)
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    Asin: B000B7BRMM
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    As the song goes, "Merry Christmas" has already "been said many times, many ways." Diana Krall's Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars A Torch Singer's Christmas
    This is a pretty classic torch singer, with great pipes, singing Christmas songs.Put it on your CD with a few other Christmas albums you love, hit random and you'll never be disappointed when Krall's songs come up.When you just listen to the album by itself it becomes a little much...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Diana Krall Christmas Review
    I listened to the album and it was great.the only problem was there was a crack in the jewel case when the disc arrived.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!a top five Christmas album
    Right up there with Mathis and Conick ( and don't forget Redbone too!) ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American Popular Song    2. Canada    3. Christmas    4. Christmas / Chanukkah    5. Holiday    6. Mainstream Jazz    7. Pop    8. Standards    9. Swing    10. Vocal Jazz    11. Xmas Vocal   


    3. Michael Bublé
    by Reprise / Wea
    Audio CD (11 February, 2003)
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    Asin: B000088E6D
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Pop's rush to raid the cradle continues with this promising debut by 25-year-old Canadian singer Michael Bublé. And while the young vocal star's good looks are smart enough for a boy band, his muse seems to have sprung from a more sassy and compelling musical era. Mentored by Paul Anka (whose '50s hit "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" is covered in dreamy, cabaret fashion here), Bublé sings in the orbits of Darin and Sinatra, covering swing epoch gems ("Come Fly with Me," "The Way You Look Tonight," "That's All") and rock era standards (Van Morrison's "Moondance," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by the Brothers Gibb, Queen's "Crazy Little Ting Called Love") with equal aplomb. David Foster's production is typically slick and played to the back row of the bleachers, but it's informed by smart contexts provided by such arrangers as Johnny Mandel, Randy Waldman, and Mike Melvoin. If the choices of material are sometimes staid and predictable, they also give the singer a crucial framework for building toward something more challenging; his is a bright future. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Just Love This Guy
    While we've heard them time and time again - Buble takes the classic standards and adds his own twist. No, maybe there is nothing terribly new going on - but he didn't mutilate the music either.Relaxing - Just lovely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rare to find - an entire CD of excellent music!
    Michael Buble is simply incredible, and although I do own all of his CDs it's this one that I come back to time and time again.This is the perfect CD to play while sipping a glass of wine or enjoying dinner with friends.It's slow and sensual at times and then lively and fun.I simply cannot say enough good about this artist or this CD.

    1-0 out of 5 stars 'Standards Lite'
    While certainly a better presentation than the Rod Stewarts and Michael Boltons of the world and their flaccid stabs at music way different from a rocker's sensibilities, Buble is a standards singer for those who think Kenny G is a jazz musician and John Tesh is a pianist.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Big Band    3. Canada    4. Pop    5. Pop Vocals    6. Popular Music    7. Rock/Pop    8. Standards    9. Swing    10. Traditional Pop    11. Vocal Jazz    12. Vocal Pop   


    4. Sympathique
    by Heinz Records
    Audio CD (18 November, 1997)
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    Asin: B000005IQ6
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    While the cocktail lounge fad has seen more than a few musicians climbaboard as a career move, the members of Pink Martini are no bandwagon-ridingaficionados. Fronted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini is the real article--aband that approaches the music with unwavering seriousness yet never forgets the fun atthe heart of it.Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Quepaso, Qhe paso Yolanda?
    If you ever buy an album just because of one song, you have got to check out Yolanda which is track 5 on this album, which is just amazing.I cannot possibly do it justice by attempting to describe it, except that it just makes me feel incredibly good.I would recomment this album for this reason alone, although I have to say it is an enjoyable easy to listen to album, with excellent instrumentation vocals, and excellent atmosphere.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, but where did Bolero go?
    I bought this wonderful CD a while ago, and recommended it to many friends. I then gave away my copy and bought another to replace it. Imagine my surprise to find that the newer copy didn't contain Bolero. For that it loses one star.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Musical Hodgepodge
    A hodgepodge of music featuring some really bad French and a bleating trumpet. Some tracks shine while others made me cringe. A real disappointment. I should have listened to all the samples before buying it and not just assumed it would all be similar to the tracks I heard on the radio. Probably the worst version of Que Sera Sera I have ever heard, tho it is not a song I cared for to begin with. Like one review says, it's a variety of music, tho I add: none of which is related other than being from the same planet... not an ethnic fusion, just a sampler of divergent sounds. Reminds me of the Lawrence Welk Show, tho not as good technically. One for the back of the drawer. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Big Band    3. Pop    4. Popular Music    5. Rock   


    5. Take Your Clothes off When You Dance
    by Cuneiform
    Audio CD (23 May, 2006)
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    Asin: B000F5WN5U
    Sales Rank: 817
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars + 1/2 stars...Big Band Spin on Zappa Classics
    For more than a decade alto sax player Ed Palermo has been performing big band versions of his musical hero, Frank Zappa. On TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF WHEN YOU DANCE, Palermo mostly sticks to Zappa's classic early period by coveringtracks from Zappa's WE'RE ONLY IT IT FOR THE MONEY(1968), including a Latin-styled take on the title tune and a rare vocal on "Mom And Dad/Oh No"; as well as "Pound for a Brown on the Bus" from UNCLE MEAT (1969), "Gumbo Variations" from HOT RATS (1969), and "Dwarf Nebula..." from "WEASELS RIPPED MY FLESH (1970). The most recent Zappa composition is "Moggio," which closes the CD, from MAN FROM UTOPIA (1983).
    5-0 out of 5 stars Accessible Zappa, Smooth & Tight Musicianship!
    I've been waiting for this record for eight years ... thanks Ed, Carl, Ted, et al., for exceeding my expectations.I reviewed their first record which I think is great ... as Ed writes in his liner notes, it's a shame it's out of print.(Um, hey Ed ... can ya maybe do sumpin' about dat?)
    4-0 out of 5 stars A notch below their first release
    First off, this CD is excellent. The only complaint I have it that their first release contained a lot more guitar work and it sizzles while still paying tribute to FZ's unique technique.
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    Subjects:  1. Big Band    2. Jazz-Rock    3. Modern Big Band    4. Progressive Big Band   


    6. The Phat Pack
    by Immergent
    Audio CD (13 June, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FIHJJ2
    Sales Rank: 716
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Phat Pack
    This album is so much fun that you shouldn't be able to buy it over-the-counter. It needs to be in a locked cabinet where not just anybody can get their hands on it. You should have to register as a qualified jazz and extreme big band music investor before you can add it to your library. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band is a total hoot, and this disc, THE PHAT PACK, is outrageously awesome, from the ever-so-tasty version of "Too Close for Comfort" featuring Dianne Reeves to the sizzling version of the AWB hit "Play That Funky Music," featuring David Sanborn to Take 6's exciting new spin on Sinatra's anthem, "It Was a Very Good Year." I personally don't think music gets any more satisfying and exciting than a tight, powerful big band, and that's what Mr. Goodwin's got here, with 18 top-of-the-line L.A. players and his Grammy winning compositions and charts. This is not your father's big band music! It's today's contemporary big band, featuring a synthesis of the classic big band style with much more contemporary jazz, pop, and R&B material. And it works big time, with dynamics, energy, hipness, and a sense of humor, too. Goodwin does not "dumb" his music down, but instead endeavors to make it uplifting. He says, "When you go see the Big Phat Band, I want you to leave feeling better than when you came in." Hey, it works exactly the same way when you listen to THE PHAT PACK CD! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN

    5-0 out of 5 stars My 3rd-Favorite Big Phat CD
    I'm giving this CD a 5-star rating, although I believe that the material is not quite as good as that on the XXL and Swingin' For the Fences CDs.My very favorite is XXL.The material is exciting and special...I really enjoy Take 6 on this CD.Swingin' For the Fences is my 2nd-favorite...Arturo Sandoval really spices it up.Although The Phat Pack is very excellent when compared to other big band albums (most just don't stand up to even the quality of this CD), I was somewhat disappointed after hearing the other two.For one, I don't care for Diane Reeves voice.Also, there is only one Take 6 song.(I would have added another Take 6 song and added one or two vocals from someone like New York Voices or Michael Buble.)The CD title would also infer more material from the original Rat Pack, but there is really only one song from that era.I will say that the reviewer who citicized the production/sound quality is, in my opinion, way off base.The production and sound quality of all the Big Phat Band CDs is superior to almost everything else I've heard.

    5-0 out of 5 stars hot big band playing
    Some great tracks and outstanding playing. It sounds so clean,you sometimes wonder if it are real people playing. Some people say it is to clean, I think it is amazing that is is possible, and is a great credit to the hole project.
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    Subjects:  1. Big Band    2. Jazz    3. Pop    4. Swing   


    7. Back to Mono (1958-1969)
    by Abkco
    Audio CD (12 November, 1991)
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    Asin: B000003BDM
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Among producers, his name remains the simile of choice. If some hotshot studio whiz emerges in, say, hip-hop, he's inevitably labeled "the Phil Spector of rap." That's quite a statement given that decades have passed since this boy from the Bronx remodeled rock & roll to suit his own visions of grandeur. The story of the girl-group auteur is a fascinating one. Spector composed a No. 1 hit at 17 (the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him," its title inspired by the inscription on his father's tombstone). By 19 he was head of A&R for Atlantic Records. By the time he was 22, he'd founded his own label (Philles) and was churning out Wall of Sound hits at an unprecedented clip, beginning with the Crystals' "He's a Rebel." The four-disc Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of"Teen-age Opera"
    The work of Phil Spector has withstood the tests of time, critics and "grown-ups" that rejected the "Boy Genius" very early in his career, but later had to admit their naked ignorance as he turned out hit after classic hit.This is THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, released on Phil's own label, the original analog tapes hand-picked and mastered under his direction, and they're all here - Ike & Tina, The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals, Ben E. King, Gene Pitney, even Spector's own teen group, the Teddy Bears.Spector was renowned for his infamous preference for "stacking" instrument upon instrument on the analog tape, crowding Gold Star Studios with dozens of soon-to-be-famous musicians and singers (Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Jim Gordon, Larry Knechtel, Barney Kessel, Jack Nitzsche, Don Randi, Billy Strange, Jim Horn, Red Callendar), all playing at once with very little "overdubs," resulting in this mesmerizing, densely erotic cacophony that came to be called the "wall of sound."These are the songs that have been called "teenage mini-operas" because they spoke of unrequited love, pubescent loss, the torment of adolescence and rebellion, and yet they spill over with pure joy and unabashed beauty, and mostly clock in under 3 minutes.This is a "must-have" jewel for anyone enamored of the wonderful era of "real musicians" playing "real charts," directed by the true innovator in recorded art.It's an especially rich set of "girl-groups," and though the collection may be heavily weighted with The Ronettes, it's fully understandable since Ronnie Bennett became Phil's wife and (still, I think) his life-long muse.There are too many great songs to go into here, just suffice it to say that to fully grasp the power of American pop music, you have to understand the impact of Spector.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Wall of Sound!!!
    Phil Spector produced some of the best music in the history of Rock and Roll, hands down, or should I say hands up. Well, the Ronnettes were great and that wall of sound was great as well. I'm sure that wall of sound was heard on Februrary the third as well as those great times in the 60's. The vocal harmonies are infectious and those sound effects are great, especially the shots going off in the background of the mind of the legendary producer. How was all of this achieved? Was it just weird timing or did he actually have these goals planned out, that's one of the questions that may never be answered, but at least we are left with some excellent music. Of course such a genius producer may have been a genius in many aspects including music, but not necessarily confined to it. To set something up this elaborate would be speculative, no pun intended, but how does a producer like this work in the studio? Does he plan out every move or is he more spontaneous, does he just go with the flow once he's on to something, or was the production carefully planned. More than likely, this production was a spontaneous act of a talented mind, and so twisted in such a way that all of the achievements are hidden behind the wall of sound. The creatively sick way to achieve nothing. An end to a song like no other than the great clown Gacy, the twin to our producer hero, the real John Wayne, the real hero, not a clown at all, but an incredibly adept individual, a true killer in every sense. And I'm sure he will now be having much fun in the mens showers with his new friends!!! What a great accomplishment!!!! Sincerely, Bunster Gorbin

    5-0 out of 5 stars Doo-Wop meets Wagner
    The early sixties produced some great musicians, including Ray Charles, John Coltrane, and Bob Dylan. I was in college at the time, and I listened to all of them.
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    Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Baroque Pop    3. Blue-Eyed Soul    4. Bop    5. Box Sets (Audio Only)    6. Brill Building Pop    7. Cool    8. Country-Rock    9. Folk-Rock    10. Fusion    11. Girl Group    12. Hard Bop    13. Latin Jazz    14. Oldies    15. Pop    16. Pop-Soul    17. Pop/Rock    18. Popular Music    19. R&B    20. Rock   


    8. All for You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio
    by Grp Records
    Audio CD (12 March, 1996)
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    Asin: B000003N89
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gary
    Another of Diana Kralls wonderful CDs. If you like her, you should have this one. Many hours of enjoyment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All for you: Adedication to the nat King cole Trio
    It was everything we expected.good listening.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Nat King Cole Trio
    One Diana's best ones. Great pieces with a great singer. I recommend to all jazz people. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bop    2. Canada    3. Contemporary Jazz    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Pop    7. Standards    8. Swing    9. Torch Songs    10. Vocal Jazz    11. Vocalese   


    9. Dear Mr. Sinatra
    by Telarc
    Audio CD (18 July, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FTWAC2
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    With his eternally boyish tenor and cheery romantic outlook, John Pizzarelli is a stylistic world apart from Frank Sinatra, he of the manly baritone and dark sensual undercurrents. But like his Italian-American forebear, he's a consummate swinger, and he knows how to make a lyric his own. Comprised mostly of tunes written for the Chairman, Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Quality over quantity.
    Every singer ends up attempting Sinatra eventually, but few manage so well....
    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice try.
    What a waste of a TERRIFIC Big Band/Orchestra. Sinatra did these! You can't improve!
    5-0 out of 5 stars New take on great old tunes
    Not my favorite Pizzarelli Album but still very good ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Pop    3. Standards    4. Swing    5. United States of America    6. Vocal Jazz   


    10. Classic Sinatra
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (28 March, 2000)
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    Asin: B0000479AV
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Few would dispute that Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest popular singers of the 20th century. His voice had distinct power and majesty, whether he was belting out a swinging dance number or softly crooning a tender ballad. When he was at his height, no one could touch him, and the songs collected on Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless Songs from a Timeless Singer
    " Old Blue Eyes " is back and better sounding than ever in this 2000 digitally remastered cd of some of Frank Sinatra's most revered and cherished songs. I hope I'm not sounding too much like a commercial , yet it's true. I could pimp this cd forvever. I can be in any kind of mood and atleast two songs off of this packed cd , will suit me perfectly. From " Wee Small Hours " to "Witchcraft" , you'll be tapping your toes , mixing the martini's, calling up the lugs, and kissing the broads. This disc is a sure gas , baby. Hey wait.....I'm starting to sound like him !
    5-0 out of 5 stars With Such GreatReviews, No one mayCare...
    Old Blue Eyes knew instinctively how to sell a song and create images and pictures to say what his words implied! Whenever SirRobed his picture of instinctive phrasing hereferred to how ol
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is Sinatra--Volume One
    Bruce Springsteen once said that Frank Sinatra had "a voice filled with bad attitude, life, beauty, excitement, a nasty sense of freedom, (love making) and a sad knowledge of the ways of the world." I doubt few people could describe Frank's voice better. His voice was rich, capable of expressing the finest of nuances in meaning, vibrant and thrilling all at the same time. Despite the passage of time, Sinatra will always maintain his rightful place amongst the greats in music history.
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    Subjects:  1. Ballads    2. Pop    3. Pop Vocals    4. Popular Music    5. Standards    6. Swing    7. Traditional Pop    8. Vocal    9. Vocal Jazz    10. Vocal Pop   


    11. MTO, Vol. 1
    by Sunny Side
    Audio CD (01 August, 2006)
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    Asin: B000GEU6N6
    Sales Rank: 3051
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Hard to regard this as anything more than a novelty disc . . .
    . . . and an often rather annoying one, at that.
    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM EVER!!!!!
    A must-have for jazz lovers! Slide trumpeter and jazz bandleader Steven Bernstein's music is characterized by energy, exuberance, and passion. In "Darling Nikki," the melody starts quietly, with captivating plucks of the violin, then builds into a jazz explosion of horn harmonies and pounding drums. "Pennies from Heaven," "Cry Baby Cry," and "Happy Hour Blues" stretches music in new directions, taking the listener to new heights of pleasure.
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    Subjects:  1. Experimental Big Band    2. Jazz    3. Modern Big Band    4. Modern Creative    5. Pop    6. Progressive Big Band   


    12. Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake
    by Verve
    Audio CD (22 June, 2004)
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    Asin: B0001KAA86
    Sales Rank: 578
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My daughter wiggles to this CD
    This CD keeps my 10 month-old daughter fully entertained while I take a shower.It's not "jazz" like you might be thinking (abstract, hard to sing to), these are catchy tunes that you have heard many times before.There may be a few you don't know like the great song about potato chips.It's just too cute.I also like the muffin man...it's a classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kids love it and it won't drive the parents crazy!
    We absolutely love the Jazz for Kids CD and we buy it as a gift for all the kiddie birthday parties. My husband and I love it just as much as my two year old and her baby brother. Favorites include Ella Fitzgerald's jazzy "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", "Yes, We Have No Bananas", which my daughter sings all the time with or without the CD, "Rag Mop," and "The Muffin Man". I agree with the previous reviewer that the only thing I'd like better about it is if it were longer! I played it at a baby shower I hosted and it was a hit with all the guests. A great introduction to jazz for kids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    My husband thinks I'm crazy because I'm always singing the songs on this cd to my son.But, the music is so infectious you can't help it!Jake loves the music too.His little legs go crazy in the car seat when he hears them.He kicks away to the upbeat tunes.Great intro to jazz.Ella really knows how to get the barnyard hoppin'! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Jazz Collections    3. Pop    4. Swing    5. V/A Compilations    6. Vocal Jazz   


    13. The Very Best of Frank Sinatra
    by Warner Bros / Wea
    Audio CD (10 June, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002NFI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A great, comprehensive collection of Sinatra's most popular Reprise tracks, and worth having for any number of reasons, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ol Blue eyes
    I already had this double disc cd.But unfortunatly disc two got stolen. I guess thats a good testiment by itself.The chairman sings almost all of his cherished hits.My personal favorites "The Lady is a Tramp""New York, New York" and "Witchcraft".This is music you could listen to over and over.I became a Sinatra fan strangly enough by watching SNL. Phil Hartman does an amazing Frank."Who'd you rather bang? Lana Turner or Rita Heyworth?I disqualify myself because I did them both!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Frank Sinatra
    Saw dances to some of the music from this CD at Pacific Northwest Ballet and loved it.Bought the CD and love it even more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Its not yet the greatest collections for me.
    I love Frank Sinatra's songs so I bought this CD thinking that it will have all my favorite music.But I am quite disappointed because some of the songs in this CD did not have those songs that I want to hear over and over again. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Ballads    2. Pop    3. Pop Vocals    4. Popular Music    5. Swing    6. Traditional Pop    7. Vocal    8. Vocal Jazz    9. Vocal Pop   


    14. When I Look in Your Eyes
    by Verve
    Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.47
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    Asin: B00000J7S8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Years after the '90s, the decade will be remembered for the rise of pianist-vocalist Diana Krall. Simply put, this British Columbian-born artist is one of the most engaging musicians to emerge from the heap of scat-happy singers high on pyrotechnics, but short on poetry. Stamped with the imprimatur of the Nat King Cole trio and blessed by her apprenticeship with the late West Coast piano giant Jimmy Rowles, Krall simply sings songs the way they're supposed to be sung: with devotion to the lyric and with attention to the groove. This CD finds Krall in familiar company with compatriots Russell Malone (on guitar), bassist John Clayton, drummers Lewis Nash and Jeff Hamilton, and vibraphonist (and former Bill Evans associate) Larry Bunker--all supported by Johnny Mandel's svelte string arrangements. Krall and crew take Irving Berlin's chestnut "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and the Sinatra-signatured "I've Got You Under My Skin" south to Brazil via a sexy bossa nova. Malone's lush guitar accompaniment complements Krall's heartfelt delivery on "When I Look in Your Eyes," and Michael Franks's "Popsicle Toes" dances courtesy of Hamilton's drum work. "Devil May Care," "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)," The Best Thing for You," and the stridish "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" groove with a minimum of waste, while Mandel's simpatico strings steal the show on "I'll String Along with You," "Pick Yourself Up," and "Do It Again." All of which further illuminate the cool fire from this fine gift from North of the Border. Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Krall Away While There's Still Time
    Diana Krall's popularity is not hard to understand, she's easy on the eyes and possesses a fine voice - rich, round, and polished.But that's where the good news ends.The selection of material and the narcoleptic Bossa-Nova-on-the-rocks arrangements combine to create a CD that is nothing less than a love song to Darvon, in fact, inside industry sources maintain that the entire CD was recorded in the frozen food section of a supermarket late at night in order to eliminate the middle man.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Just about totally pleasing for 54 minutes...
    I'd heard a few Krall tracks on the radio, and saw her a time or two on TV, but this is the first Diana CD I've purchased. I did not even realize that this release was seven years old. I was spending a gift card at a big discount store, and this one was the only Krall CD on the shelf. I knew eight of the 13 songs, so I took it home. And played it. And played it again. And again. What a nice way to do laundry on a Saturday afternoon, with the lovely Diana for company. Her voice is great, the arrangements are interesting, and her "Diana Krall Trio/Quartet" of 1999 sounds fantastic. If you like romantic jazz vocals of leisurely tempo, you can't go wrong with this item.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Diana does Diana
    If you're a fan already, this one is very good.Nothing groundbreaking or surprising, but satisfyingly consistent and consistently satisfying. ... Read more

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    15. Mingus Ah Um
    Audio CD (16 February, 1999)
    list price: $11.98 -- our price: $7.99
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    Asin: B00000I14Z
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for the briefest of time during 1959. His Columbia recordings, however, remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history. The flowing sadness of "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" (unedited here for the first time on CD!) rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young's life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there's the funky furnace blast of "Boogie Stop Shuffle" (also unedited!), which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin's Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone. With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the '90s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral colors. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent album from the multifaceted Charles Mingus
    This is the CD you should buy if you're new to Mingus. It came out during a highly creative period in his life, and contains some of his most memorable compostions. Ah Um may not be his most ambitious album or his best, but it is one of his most well rounded and diverse, showing many of the styles, quirks and facets that make Charles Mingus one of the top jazz composers of all time. And it's all laid out in easily digestable morsels, ie some of the songs were edited to make them more concise and able to fit on vinyl. Don't worry, the edits are not noticable. Is it bop? Is it post bop? Is it swing? Well, yes and no. Mingus looks not only to big bands, bebop, and hard bop circa 1959, but also gospel, spirituals, pre-jazz and the blues for inspiration. Ah Um is as diverse and eclectic as it is enjoyable. It points the way to the many directions Mingus was exploring or would explore in his later career. Ah Um is a wonderful look into the music of a great mind and is by turns angry, sad, tender, sarcastic, joyful and damn good. You can feel the passion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How speak of jazz without regard for Mr. Mingus
    1 of 3-5 star lps- (see "Blues and Roots" and "Dynasty") issued by Mingus in 50's.All his own compositions, the song flow is unparalleled.No song can be called better than another, but, of course, we all favor some.Listen to his eloquent 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' Charlie's tribute to lester young.Check out 'Fables of Faubus; and think about.... CIVIL RIGHTS!Overwhelming opening funk/jazz piece "Better Git It In Your Soul"Mingus was certainly a master composer, creator, artist and a central link, between at most, 2 other great jazz composers.Buying this cd is a 'no brainer' for anyone of an age that knows what was, is and will be good for as long as we have ears.Companion cd is "Dynasty".The man who entitled his auto-biography "Beneath the Underdog" still gets way too little respect.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating and Revealing masterpiece
    i always knew that Mingus was great...but it was not something that i could attest to through personal experience. i had seen the light that was Coltrane, Davis, Sun Ra, Dolphy...but Mingus' masterpieces somehow eluded me. probably due to the fact that i just simply did not take the time to check them out. well, i picked up Mingus Ah Um (finally)...and it all rang true. not only was this man an excellent bass player, but a true genius in composing. his music shines bright with a broad range of feeling and emotion. the righteous anger is present within the notes...anger that boiled hot over the shakey political/cultural climate of the times. but the music's fireis stoked by coals of passion and sincerity, jazz morphs into the blues and swings into melodies so alive and free that they can't be denied in their originality and greatness. i've been listening to this album only about 10 times and i'm still finding new things revealed to me with each spin. Mingus' vision grows deeper and more profound each time around. and there's so much more to explore and discover. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde    2. Bass    3. Hard Bop    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Pop    7. Post-Bop    8. Progressive Big Band    9. United States of America   


    16. At UCLA 1965
    by Sunny Side
    Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000HIVQI0
    Sales Rank: 1634
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Out of chaos, a cohesive statement
    We should all thank Sue Mingus for releasing the gems from the Mingus vault, and this one is a keeper. I gather from the chat that Mingus had been scheduled top play at the Moneterey Festival, but that his set got cut short. So he unrolls the whole thing here at UCLA. As always with Mingus there is a political and social subtext to the performance and in this case that reaches a very poignant peak with the closing "Don't Let It Happen Here." Before you get there though, and particularly on the first disc, there is a wild ride that seems completely out of control. You have Mingus introducing and backing up on comments as he goes along, there are false starts and deconstructed endings that leave you wondering what in the name of whoever is going on. The music is complex and difficult, and yet in the midst of whatever cataclysm is busrting, somehow the blues or swing breakout. It is an unbelievable ride. The focus increases on the second disc, but make no mistake about it, the compositions freely swing from free cacaphony to brilliant standard big band with a restless energy that gathers you in.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond superlatives
    Last week was the 40th anniversary of a seminal event in jazz history. On September 25, 1965, composer/bassist/pianist Charles Mingus and his octet lumbered into a small auditorium on the UCLA campus to perform one of the open workshops Mingus became famous for. It was an event that allowed a select audience to watch a jazz master at work, struggling to make sense of the music in his head and lay a foundation for his group to interpret that music.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating journey into the creative process of an American genius.
    "Mingus at UCLA 1965" is a remarkable document, possibly the most important music release of 2006, providing your criteria extend beyond mere audio quality and musical precision. This was not a concert but a Mingus "workshop," as he insisted on calling such affairs.Mingus wanted the audience to experience the creative process as much as the product. Consequently, to the extent that the recording omits visual information relevant to that process the accompanying notes in the form of Sue Mingus' elegant prose are arguably integral with the music on the two discs.
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    17. Christmas with the Rat Pack
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (22 October, 2002)
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    Asin: B00006IJWZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Just as irony is being pronounced dead, along comes this boozy holiday compilation to suggest that rumors of its demise may be premature. Given the culture's simmering lounge mania, this collection (with its cheesy homage/rip-off Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Barely 5 stars
    This was a tough one to rate as you have 3 legendary entertainers here who sang similiar songs but yet in completely different styles - if they all would have been the same, that'd be boring now....rite?.
    5-0 out of 5 stars warm up any season
    the rat pack...what else do y'all need to know?Clasic, Classic, Classic.especially love Dean Martin's voice at Christmas time, he even sounds warm and cozy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best, romantic, greatest ever Christmas CD
    I am very picky with my Christmas music! This is the best Christmas CD I own. It is classic and romantic. You feel like you are in a 1940's Christmas movie or sitting in a trendy coffee house in the falling snow. Buy this CD! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. American Popular Song    2. Ballads    3. Big Band    4. Christmas    5. Christmas / Chanukkah    6. Christmas Music    7. Holiday    8. Pop    9. Traditional Pop    10. V/a Compilations    11. Vocal Jazz    12. Vocal Pop    13. Xmas Vocal Collections   


    18. Pure Ella: The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald
    by Verve
    Audio CD (31 March, 1998)
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    Asin: B0000069ON
    Sales Rank: 906
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Singer in the world!!!!
    This woman is the Best singer I've ever heard.I'm only 20 years old and I just looooove her music so much.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best.
    Ella is without question the greatest American singer of all time. Buy this one, buy any of them, buy them all. She never made a bad album. She opens her mouth and heaven flows. I would also suggest any of the biographies, including some on dvd with performances. This diva was, IS, the real thing - with a heart to match the voice.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Fella Loves Ella
    Ella is an extraordinary and refreshing exception to most Jazz vocalists.Many Jazz singers have a very bad technique, producing their sound from their throats in an unhealthy manner.Ella, however, has the technique and stamina of a classical singer.This why her career peaked in her 40's and was able to sing until very late in her life.Read more

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    19. Songs That Got Us Through WWII
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (16 March, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000032SP
    Sales Rank: 744
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars mdp
    a surprising delight.the fuzziness of the technology that these gems were originally recorded is not too distracting.I found myself singing along.if you like nostalgic music you will fully enjoy this offering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    I love this CD! It has all those great romantic songs from the 40's era that are so popular.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songs that got us through WWII
    There is a good variety of "World War II" popular songs by several artists. Some, like the song "Idaho" are not readily found in other collections. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 40's    2. Easy Listening    3. Harmony Vocal Group    4. Jazz    5. Nostalgia    6. Pop    7. Popular Music    8. Show Tunes    9. Swing    10. Traditional Pop    11. Vocal Jazz    12. Vocal Pop   


    20. Love Scenes
    by Grp Records
    Audio CD (26 August, 1997)
    list price: $18.98 -- our price: $12.47
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    Asin: B000003NA4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Like a mink draped over mahogany, Diana Krall's luxuriously supple alto adorns the vintage songs of romance and longing found on Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Krall Interpretations of Love Songs
    Diana Krall proves why she's such a phenomenal jazz singer on this CD.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Love Scenes by Diana Krall
    Diana Krall's voice is very relaxing. When you listen to this CD, have a drink in your hand, sit back and just breathe. It's even better if you have someone you love to lean against on when you're listening to this. But either way, it's a great CD that I think any jazz or adult contemporary listener would love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great CD
    A great voice, well mastered. When you hear Diana Krall's voice in this CD, you can find something wrong in a lot of great jazz vocalists. ... Read more

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