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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, John Eyles, Robert Gibson, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby



Playboy Jazz PBD2-7518-2






  1. In a Sentimental Mood – Sonny Rollins with The Modern Jazz Quartet
  2. Goodbye – Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans
  3. When I Fall in Love – Miles Davies
  4. Smoke Get’s in Your Eyes – Coleman Hawkins
  5. Come Rain or Shine – Art Pepper
  6. I Fall in Love Too Easily – Gene Harris/Scott Hamilton
  7. Emily – George Shearing/Jim Hall
  8. All Too Soon – Duke Ellington
  9. Born to Be Blue – Gary Burton
  10. I Thought About You – Dave Brubeck
  11. Alone Together – Chet Baker
  12. What’s New – Marion McPartland
  13. Ruby My Dear – Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane


  1. My Romance – Tony Bennett
  2. Easy Living – Sarah Vaughan
  3. If I Should Lose You – Carmen McRae/George Shearing
  4. My Foolish Heart – Curtis Stigers
  5. Lover Man – Rosemary Clooney
  6. I Didn’t Know About You – Ella Fitzgerald/Joe Pass
  7. Fool on the Hill/Nature Boy – Peter Cincotti
  8. Say It (Over and Over Again) – Karrin Allyson
  9. Don’t Explain – Abbey Lincoln
  10. The Man I Love – Patti Austin
  11. If You Could See Me Now – Mel Torme/Rob McConnell
  12. Good-Bye My Love - Diane Schuur
  13. The Meaning of the Blues – Nnenna Freelon

Nobody can deny that this record is just what it says on the front cover, jazz ballads played on the first Disc by instrumentalists and on the second sung by vocalists. When I listen to records, I like to know who I am listening to and when the recording session took place, it greatly adds to my enjoyment. Playboy Jazz have produced an excellent sleeve note, listing the personnel and recording date of all the tracks, together with details of the original recording from which the tracks are taken.

An example of this is that track 8, which is credited to the Duke. It has the excellent Harold Ashby on tenor, but few would have been able to identify his playing on a track that also has Cat Anderson on Trumpet, but in truth is a feature for Ashby all the way through. A similar example is the amazing tenor playing of Jerry Bergonzi on the Dave Brubeck track (10).

To give detailed review of each of the 26 tracks would really serve no purpose. A record like this is a voyage of discovery, I like these multi-artist albums because they make me listen to musicians and singers I may otherwise have ignored and been the poorer for doing so.

Don Mather


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