Marilyn Scott: Every Time We Say Goodbye

Jazz fans may find it hard to track down a copy of this recording, only available on Japanese import. But it's worth the effort. Scott has surrounded herself with a great band, and she is singing at top form. The rhythm section offers the gentlest of cushions to her heartfelt vocal, and Peplowski shows he could make his mark in the world if he just focused on tenor sax. We have heard many versions of this Cole Porter standard over the years, but this is a welcome addition.

April 26, 2008 · 0 comments


Ella Fitzgerald: Every Time We Say Goodbye

Perhaps the most enduring song from the whole Songbook series, “Every Time We Say Goodbye” from The Cole Porter Songbook dispensed with the big band-isms that provided the backdrop to the series. Instead, the haunting sound of oboe and strings and Ella’s liquid vocal give this piece its timeless feel. Ella could never quite understand why it was one of her most popular songs with European audiences, and to this day it is regularly played on European radio stations – not least by the BBC. The Cole Porter Songbook set effectively launched Norman Granz’s Verve label, the famous “4000” series initiated with Ella in mind. Its subsequent success when released in 1956 – it went straight to 15 on the Billboard chart, and Down Beat listed it as the second best-selling jazz album – ensured Verve's financial viability and ultimately went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, remaining almost constantly in print since its release.

February 19, 2008 · 0 comments


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