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The Paul Gambaccini Collection

UCJ (Universal Classics & Jazz)

UCJ 9818846 2CDs

 

CD1

1

Jamie Callum ‘All At Sea’

9

Sarah Vaughan ‘Broken Hearted Melody’

2

Katie Melua ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’

10

Billie Holiday ‘Strange Fruit’

3

Diana Krall ‘A Case Of You’

11

Vince Guaraldi Trio ‘Cast Your Fate To The Wind’

4

Herbie Hancock ‘Summertime’

12

Nina Simone ‘Wild Is The Wind’

5

Tony Bennett ‘I Wanna Be Around’

13

Shirley Horn ‘Here’s To Life’

6

Dinah Washington ‘What A Difference A Day Made’

14

Chuck Mangione ‘Feels So Good'

7

Marvyn Gaye ‘Trouble Man’

15

Elle Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington ‘Take The ‘A’ Train’

8

Les McCann & Eddie Harris ‘Compared To What’

CD 2

1

Amy Winehouse ‘Moody’s Mood For Love’

10

Louis Armstrong ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’

2

Clare Teal ‘The Road Less Traveled’

11

Count Basie Orchestra ‘April In Paris’

3

Curtis Stingers ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’

12

Diane Schuur & Count Basie ‘Deedle’s Blues’

4

Acker Bilk ‘Stranger On The Shore’

13

Aaron Neville ‘Since I Fell For You’

5

Ramsey Lewis ‘The In Crowd’

14

Glen Miller ‘Moonlight Serenade’

6

Kai Winding ‘More’

15

Bill Eckstine & Sarah Vaughan ‘Passing Strangers’

7

Stan Getz ‘Desafinado’

16

Anita O’Day ‘The Party’s Over’

8

Cal Tjader ‘Soul Sauce’

17

Jimmy Smith ‘A Walk On The Wild Side’

9

Wes Montgomery ‘Bumpin’’

   

American born Paul Gambaccini, now domiciled in the UK, has a remarkable knowledge of music both in the popular and classical fields. He was co-author of ‘The Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles’ and is a regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 1 as well as presenting ‘America’s Greatest Hits’ on Radio 2 and ‘Classic Countdown’ on Classic FM.

The Paul Gambaccini Collection is a double CD set and in his words, ‘The musical masterpieces contained in the grooves of these two CDs generally are my all-time favourite jazz recordings.’ They represent what has ‘turned him on’ over the last forty years. He makes no apologies for the contrasting mix of artists. His jazz roots go back to his teenage days when he was influenced by Jimmy Smith whose ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ is featured here. Since then he has kept pace with the ever changing music scene and doesn’t forget to pay tribute to the young British artists that have recently emerged such as Jamie Callum, who plays and sings on ‘All At Sea’ and Clare Teal with her rendition of ‘The Road Less Travelled.’

This compilation covers a vast variety of popular music and even though it is Gambaccini’s personal choice it will I am sure attract a large amount of interest.

Jack Ashby



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