The Harold Arlen Songbook: That Old Black Magic

The Harold Arlen Songbook: That Old Black Magic



A late entry in Verve's celebrated songbook series, which has featured the likes of Porter, Gershwin, Rogers & Hart, and Johnny Mercer in the past, That Old Black Magic spotlights the considerable talents of Broadway and Hollywood songsmith Harold Arlen. While best known for "Over the Rainbow," Arlen's rich store of quality songs also includes "Get Happy," "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," "It's Only a Paper Moon," and "That Old Black Magic"; add to this stellar list relatively overlooked treasures like "Out of This World," "Down With Love," "A Sleepin' Bee," "When the Sun Comes Out," and "Last Night When We Were Young." Compiler Bobby Short (who, of course, is a celebrated standards singer in his own right) has paired these and other Arlen classics with a diverse array of top-notch interpreters of popular song. Taking in performances from 1952-1960, the 16 numbers here include performances by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Anita O'Day, Mel Tormé, and Blossom Dearie. Thankfully, Short has also chosen to include interpretations by the somewhat obscure likes of Frances Faye, Margaret Whiting, Frank D'Rone, Ruth Olay, and Billy Daniels. A treat for the Arlen fan looking for more than just the everyday roundup featuring another A-list of jazz and pop voices.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/1997
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453757325
catalogNumber: 537573

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ernestine Anderson   Vocals,Track Performer
Blossom Dearie   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Eckstine   Vocals,Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Track Performer
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Grey   Trombone
Hank Jones   Piano
Thad Jones   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Morgana King   Vocals,Track Performer
Mel Lewis   Drums
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Bill Mays   Conductor
Helen Merrill   Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Mitchell   Tenor Saxophone
Red Mitchell   Bass,Piano
Joe Morello   Drums
Ted Nash   Alto Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Art Pepper   Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins   Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Jerome Richardson   Clarinet,Flute
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Mel Tormé   Vocals,Track Performer
Margaret Whiting   Vocals,Track Performer
Russell Garcia   Conductor
John LaPorta   Clarinet
Pete Rugolo   Conductor
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Stu Williamson   Trumpet
Billy Daniels   Vocals,Track Performer
Frances Faye   Vocals,Track Performer
Harvey Leonard   Piano
Ruth Olay   Vocals,Track Performer
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Joe Bennett   Trombone
Si Zentner   Bass Trombone
Frank D'Rone   Track Performer
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Porcino   Trumpet
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals,Track Performer
Danny Bank   Bass Clarinet
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Bill Brown   Vocals
Larry Bunker   Drums
Red Callender   Bass,Tuba
Henry Coker   Trombone
John Collins   Guitar
Gil Evans   Conductor
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Ernie Furtado   Bass
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Hendrickson   Guitar
Milt Hinton   Bass
Bill Hood   Baritone Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Marty Paich   Piano
Benny Payne   Piano
Charlie Persip   Drums
Ralph Pollack   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
George Roberts   Trombone
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Track Performer
Stuff Smith   Vocals
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Gilda Maiken   Vocals
Lee Young   Drums
Skylarks   Track Performer
Paul Andrew Smith   Piano
Earl Brown   Vocals
George Becker   Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Bill Mays   Arranger
Russell Garcia   Arranger
Pete Rugolo   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger,Producer
Norman Granz   Producer
Gil Evans   Arranger
Marty Paich   Arranger
Harry Meyerson   Producer
Peter Pullman   Notes Editing
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Edward Jablonski   Liner Notes
Jesse Kaye   Producer
Skylarks   Contributor
Billy May Orchestra   Contributor
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Contributor
Nat Goodman   Producer

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