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VA – Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series (2003 FLAC)

VA - Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series (2003 FLAC)

VA – Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series (2003 FLAC)

Artist: VA
Album: Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series
Release/Reissue: 2003
Genre: Vocal Jazz

01. How High The Moon – Ella Fitzgerald
02. Lullaby Of Birdland – Sarah Vaughan
03. Teach Me Tonight – Dinah Washington
04. Body And Soul – Billie Holiday
05. You Took Advantage Of Me – Carmen McRae
06. Peel Me A Grape – Anita O’Day
07. Someone To Watch Over Me – Blossom Dearie
08. Love Me Or Leave Me – Nina Simone
09. Come Dance With Me – Shirley Horn
10. I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life – Gloria Lynne
11. Fly Me To The Moon – Astrud Gilberto
12. I Don’t Know Enough About You – Peggy Lee
13. A Sunday Kind Of Love – Etta James
14. It’s Crazy – Natalie Cole
15. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Helen Merrill
16. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Ernestine Anderson

Verve’s Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series rounds up tracks by 16 of the singers who have recorded for the label (or one of the labels the Verve Group now distributes) at some point in their career. The line-up reads like a who’s who of vocal jazz: legends like Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee and Carmen McRae rub shoulders with less-acclaimed yet still diva- worthy singers like Ernestine Anderson, Blossom Dearie, and the always fabulous Shirley Horn. Throw in a few wild cards like Etta James and Astrud Gilberto, and the results become nearly definitive. There are a plethora of classic songs from the ’50s and ’60s (and ’90s in Shirley Horn’s case) here too. Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High the Moon,” Sarah Vaughan’s “Lullaby of Birdland,” Helen Merrill’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To,” and Billie Holiday’s “Body and Soul” are just a few of the best. Except for the questionable inclusion of Natalie Cole’s 2001 recording of “It’s Crazy,” every song here is a vocal jazz classic. Of course all this classicism wouldn’t mean much if the artists and songs were just thrown together haphazardly, but Verve has done a fine job of constructing a collection that flows like a cool, clean stream, and can easily be recommended to anyone looking for a swinging introduction to jazz vocals. Fans of the genre will find it quite worthwhile as well.

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