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Sings the Songs of George & Ira Gershwin & Cole Porter

Album: Sings the Songs of George & Ira Gershwin & Cole Porter
# Song Title   Time
1)    How Long Has This Been Going On?
2)    My One and Only (What Am I Gonna Do?)
3)    Sweet and Low Down
4)    'S Wonderful
5)    I've Got a Crush on You
6)    Someone to Watch over Me
7)    Sam and Delilah
8)    But Not for Me
9)    Looking at You
10)    Let's Fly Away
11)    Why Shouldn't I?
12)    Hot-House Rose
13)    You Do Something to Me
14)    Find Me a Primitive Man
15)    Easy to Love
16)    Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Lee Wiley (vocals); Eddie Condon, Clark Yocum (guitar); Johnny Mince, Pee Wee Russell (clarinet); Hymie Schertzer, Fred Stulce (alto saxophone); Paul Mason , Bud Freeman (tenor saxophone); Max Kaminsky, Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Joe Bushkin (piano, celesta); George Wettling (drums).
  • Liner Note Author: Frank Driggs.
  • Recording information: New York, NY (11/13/1939-04/15/1940).
  • Arranger: Brad Gowans.
  • Lee Wiley was the first jazz singer to record a full album (eight songs in the '78' days) dedicated to the music of one composer; her "songbooks" preceded Ella Fitzgerald's by more than 15 years. The greatest recordings of her career were these four projects, the first two of which are on this Audiophile reissue. Wiley, who had an introverted and quietly straightforward yet sensuous (and somewhat smoldering) style, is heard singing eight songs apiece by the Gershwins and Cole Porter. Her accompaniment includes all-star groups headed by pianist Joe Bushkin and trumpeter Max Kaminsky (which include tenor-saxophonist Bud Freeman, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell and on four songs Fats Waller), a quartet with Bushkin and trumpeter Bunny Berigan, and Paul Weston's Orchestra. Wiley's renditions of such songs as "How Long Has This Been Going On," "I've Got A Crush On You," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Let's Do It" and "Easy To Love" are both memorable and haunting. This reissue is a gem as is the followup Audiophile release of Rodgers & Hart and Harold Arlen songs. ~ Scott Yanow
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