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Loreena Mckennitt Mask & Mirror Product Type Compact Disc Perfect

Track Title. 1 Mystic Dream. 2 The Bonny Swans. 3 Dark Night Of The Soul. 4 Marrakesh Night Market. 5 Full Circle. 6 Santiago. 7 Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt?/The Two Trees. 8 Prospero’s Speech. Press play and enter the world of Loreena McKennitt, where walls dissolve into thick, billowing mists as the ground beneath your feet turns to compacted earth and the sky above opens up to reveal a black cloak dotted with shimmering stars draped beneath silk-like clouds. Were McKennitt’s composing and songwriting abilities lacking of any luster (as they most certainly are not), her voice would still possess the strength to hold her fifth album, The Mask and Mirror, up on its own. But the combination of this talented woman’s vocal prowess and songwriting ability makes her all the more similar to her work — ethereal and almost unbelievable in its level of quality. A mythical menagerie, The Mask and Mirror contains songs that lift the veil to reveal the soul of McKennitt’s work in eight dreamlike, Celtic-inspired tracks. The opening track, “The Mystic’s Dream” (featured on the TNT movie The Mists of Avalon, based on the novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley), is a haunting tune that features McKennitt at her most heavenly peak as a vocalist, evoking the spirits of the instruments and Gregorian chant-like background vocals that accompany her on the track. The album excels at conjuring up mythical visions in the listener’s imagination, as with the gypsy-like tune “Marrakesh Night Market,” which echos of the picturesque scene the title invokes. The soul-searching “Full Circle” best exhibits McKennitt’s ability to transpose the true meaning of the lyrics into her songs. Even after the song ends, the somber mood lingers softly in the air.

Artist Astrud Gilberto’s Finest Hour Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1 Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza). 2 The Girl From Ipanema. 3 Meditation. 4 The Face I Love. 5 Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Star). 6 So Nice (Samba De Verao). 7 A Felicidade. 8 Photograph. 9 It Might As Well Be Spring. 10 Wish Me A Rainbow. 11 Fly Me To The Moon. 12 Crickets Sing For Anamaria. 13 Who Needs Forever. 14 Insensatez. 15 Berimbau. 16 Come Softly To Me/Hushabye. 17 Trains And Boats And Planes. 18 Canto De Ossanha (Let Go). 19 I’m Nothin’ Without You. 20 In The Wee Small Hours. Like Nico, Astrud Gilberto’s everywoman voiced has always had a polarizing effect on critics and fans alike. While her take on bossa nova is less than reverent and decidedly lightweight, the warmth and approachability she brings to each performance is stunning. Verve’s lovingly compiled — and blissfully affordable — Astrud Gilberto’s Finest Hour is as solid a collection of her heady mixture of samba, jazz and pop as you’re likely to find. Twenty songs, including the classic “Girl From Ipanema,” wash in like waves from the warmest of oceans, carrying with them the soft, reverb-drenched soundtrack to summer. If the tropical heat of “Berimbau,” the lazy and lonely pulse of Burt Bacharach’s “Trains and Boats and Planes” and the upbeat swing of “Wish Me a Rainbow” don’t instantly take the drudgery of your day away, then consider yourself hopelessly bitter. Highly recommended. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide.

Artist Billie Holiday Icon Love Songs Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1 Crazy He Calls Me. 2 Them There Eyes. 3 You’re My Thrill. 4 It Had To Be You. 5 Come Rain Or Come Shine. 6 Nice Work If You Can Get It. 7 Everything I Have Is Yours. 8 Cheek To Cheek. 9 I Didn’t Know What Time It Was. 10 Embraceable You. 11 Our Love Is Here To Stay. 12 All The Way. As part of the “Love Songs” subcategory of its discount-priced Icon series of compilations, Universal Music Group issues this Billie Holiday CD, collecting 12 tracks from the latter part of her career, originally recorded for Decca (Tracks 1-3, produced by Milt Gabler), Verve (Tracks 4-11, produced by Norman Granz), and MGM (Track 12, produced by Ray Ellis). The Gabler recordings find Holiday fronting a string orchestra; Granz has her record standards by the likes of Arlen, Berlin, and Gershwin before a small jazz ensemble; and Ellis returns her to a string arrangement for a reading of the Frank Sinatra hit “All the Way.” Of course, Holiday’s voice betrays some wear and tear at this point in her career, more so as the album goes on, but she makes up for it with her idiosyncratic phrasing and surprising note choices, and the backings, whether orchestral or jazzy, are sympathetic. Most of the songs Holiday recorded in her career could be described as “love songs,” so this is really just a sampler of her later years, but a reasonable one. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi.

Artist Fitzgerald Ella In Japan Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1. 1 Cheek To Cheek. 1. 2 Deep Purple. 1. 3 Too Close For Comfort. 1. 4 I Love Being Here With You. 1. 5 Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words). 1. 6 S Wonderful. 1. 7 Ive Got You Under My Skin. 1. 8 Hallelujah I Love Him So. 1. 9 Misty. 1. 10 Whatever Lola Wants. 1. 11 Bill Bailey. 1. 12 The Blues (Ellas Blues). 1. 13 Round Midnight. 1. 14 I Can T Get Started With You. 1. 15 Undecided. 1. 16 Jam Session. 2. 1 Cheek To Cheek. 2. 2 Shiny Stockings. 2. 3 Cant Help Lovin Dat Man. 2. 4 Bill Bailey. 2. 5 Take The A Train. 2. 6 Closing/A Tisket, A-Tasket. 2. 7 Aint Misbehavin. 2. 8 My Last Affair. 2. 9 Perdido. 2. 10 Closing/A Tisket, A-Tasket. Ella Fitzgerald had recorded live albums in venues ranging from Newport to Berlin to Hollywood when she and a quartet led by Roy Eldridge traveled to Japan in early 1964 for a series of concerts. Norman Granz, the former Verve head and current Fitzgerald manager who accompanied the musicians on their trip, recorded the concerts for release, but the tapes sat unissued in the Verve vaults — a victim of the surplus of Ella material already recorded but not released — for nearly 50 years, until the 2011 two-disc reissue Ella in Japan: ‘S Wonderful. In the early ’60s, Japan was thick with jazz fans, and crowds swarmed the Hibiya Kokaido Public Hall in Tokyo for the January 19 show that is included on the first disc. (The second disc includes a far more exclusive affair, recorded at a hotel a few days later.) Although another live album was recorded and released just a few short months after these shows (Ella at Juan-Les-Pins), the material has few overlaps. Ella is in fine form — as usual, she turned up the candlepower in front of an audience — personalizing Peggy Lee’s “I Love Being Here with You” early in the program, and even singing in Japanese, to the delight of the crowd, during a stirring “‘S Wonderful.”.

Artist Billie Holiday Icon Jazz Music Vocals Product Type Compact Disc

Track Title. 1 Fine And Mello. 1 Fine And Mello. 2 Strange Fruit. 2 Strange Fruit. 3 As Time Goes By. 3 As Time Goes By. 4 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?). 4 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?). 5 Don’t Explain. 5 Don’t Explain. 6 Good Morning Heartache. 6 Good Morning Heartache. 7 My Man (Mon Homme). 7 My Man (Mon Homme). 8 You’re My Thrill. 8 You’re My Thrill. 9 Lady Sings The Blues. 9 Lady Sings The Blues. 10 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. 10 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. 11 God Bless The Child. 11 God Bless The Child.

Artist Nina Simone’s Finest Hour Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1 Love Me Or Leave Me. 2 Wild Is The Wind. 3 I Put A Spell On You. 4 Work Song. 5 Don’t Explain. 6 Untitled. 7 Mississippi Goddam. 8 Four Women. 9 Pirate Jenny. 10 I Loves You, Porgy. 11 This Year’s Kisses. 12 Little Girl Blue. 13 Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. 14 Ne Me Quitte Pas. 15 Don’t Smoke In Bed. Verve’s Finest Hour collection of Nina Simone’s work compiles 60 minutes of career highlights, including “Wild Is the Wind,” “I Put a Spell on You,” “Four Women,” “I Loves You, Porgy,” and “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” Though it’s by no means a definitive compilation of Simone’s music, it does provide a welcome overview of her Verve years. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide.

Artist Ella Fitzgerald Best Of Song Book Sessions Jazz Music Vocals

Track Title. 1 Something’s Gotta Give. 2 Love Is Here To Stay. 3 Bewitched, Bothered, & Bewildered. 4 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. 5 The Lady Is A Tramp. 6 I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good). 7 Miss Otis Regrets. 8 ‘S Wonderful. 9 Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea. 10 Love For Sale. 11 They Can’t Take That Away From Me. 12 Midnight Sun. 13 Hooray For Love. 14 Why Was I Born. 15 Cotton Tail. 16 Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye. Simply a grand and eloquent performance put together by Verve records highlighting the best years of Ella Fitzgerald — that sassy, charming legendary singer in jazz. The Best of the Songbooks features a captivating lineup of some of jazz’s greatest composers and arrangers. It is here that Fitzgerald records and sings songs of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. Presented first is a rousing and captivating rendition of “Something’s Gotta Give,” a jazzed up, high stepping tune just right for finger snapping, with “enough brass to propel her across the finish line.” Blazing up the tune, Fitzgerald soon melts the engaging listener’s heart with the heartwarming ballad “Love is Here to Stay.” Perhaps the most challenging and appealing number from the Berlin songbook, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” is sung most effectively, racing through with a sense of dignified grace like a master storyteller. After a dreamy ballad, Fitzgerald would usually close the set with the haunting “Miss Otis Regrets” as an encore, remaining one of her most requested songs. No other song brings to light her ability to glide into a song as the opening of “‘S Wonderful,” on which Fitzgerald adds a Charleston-era slang with great charisma in the verse.

Artist Ella Fitzgerald Icon Love Songs Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1 I’m Beginning To See The Light. 2 The Man I Love. 3 Just One Of Those Things. 4 Someone To Watch Over Me. 5 Lover. 6 Always. 7 From This Moment On. 8 All The Things You Are. 9 Love You Madly. 10 I’ve Got A Crush On You. 11 You’re My Thrill. 12 I’ve Got You Under My Skin. For the Love Songs subcategory of Universal Music’s Icon series of discount-priced compilations, the Ella Fitzgerald entry is, unsurprisingly, a set of her performances of songs by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers, songwriters to whom she devoted songbook albums. Of course, most of the songs Fitzgerald sang in her career were love songs, so this is really just a sampler of her work, with ballads alternated by uptempo numbers. The love isn’t always happy, or even present, in the lyrics. Ira Gershwin’s words to “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” find the singer conjuring an idealized partner, not singing to a real one, and Porter’s “Just One of Those Things” is a jaunty kiss-off to a brief affair. But more often than not, the songs are expressions of love, even if Fitzgerald, typically, sings them with more of a concern for musical appeal and jazz improvisation than as sincere expressions of meaning. The arrangements are in the swing mode, and the singer, while leaving room for solos, tends to sing straight at first, then return to jazz things up. This is a singer who loves music more than any lover in sight, but with a voice like that, it’s hard to blame her. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi.

Best Of Fitzgerald Armstrong Jazz Music Vocals Product Type Compact

Track Title. 1 Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off. 2 Love Is Here To Stay. 3 The Nearness Of You. 4 Stars Fell On Alabama. 5 Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You. 6 They Can’t Take That Away From Me. 7 Autumn In New York. 8 Summertime. 9 Tenderly. 10 Stompin’ At The Savoy. 11 Under A Blanket Of Blue. 12 I Wants To Stay Here. 13 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm. 14 There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York. 15 You Won’t Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart). The Best of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong from Verve contains a selection of 15 duets the two jazz legends recorded for the label over the years. Clearly, this set isn’t of particular interest to hardcore collectors, since they’ll already own much of the material, but as a sampler targeted at casual fans, this is quite nice indeed, since it contains such timeless classics as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Stars Fell on Alabama, ” “Autumn in New York, ” “Summertime,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi.