Ballads, Blues, and Broadway: Selections from the Great American Songbook

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The Great American Songbook is a very loosely defined creation that attempts to represent some of the best songs of the 20th Century. Drawn primarily from from the Broadway theatre, Hollywood musicals, and popular song, selections included in the Songbook are usually from the 1920s to the early 1960s, and are an important part of the repertoire of jazz musicians, who describe such songs simply as “jazz standards.” The subject matter of most of these songs is love, in all its varieties.

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The Great American Songbook is a very loosely defined creation that attempts to represent some of the best songs of the 20th Century. Drawn primarily from from the Broadway theatre, Hollywood musicals, and popular song, selections included in the Songbook are usually from the 1920s to the early 1960s, and are an important part of the repertoire of jazz musicians, who describe such songs simply as “jazz standards.” The subject matter of most of these songs is love, in all its varieties.

Some of the composers and lyricists most commonly associated with the Great American Songbook are Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. All of these individuals and many others are represented on this recording. Performers of the past and the present who have recognized the wealth of material found in the Songbook include such notables as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, and Michael Feinstein.

Featured on this recording with MOS are three of Atlanta’s finest jazz musicians: Tyrone Jackson, pianist; Neal Starkey, bassist; and Marlon Patton, drums.

Notes by Michael O’Neal

TRACK LIST
1. It Had to Be You
2. Unforgettable
3. In Your Own Sweet Way
4. Fools Rush In
5. I Won’t Dance
6. Straighten Up and Fly Right
7. My Romance
8. Come Rain or Come Shine
9. Monk’s Mood
10. Blue Skies
11. Embraceable You
12. Too Marvelous For Words
13. Mood Indigo
14. As Time Goes By
15. Where is My Lovely Day
16. Dream
17. I’ll Be Seeing You

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
© 2011 [Total Time 62:24] Recording/Engineering: Carey Carlan
Recorded in a live performance May 13, 2011
Roswell United Methodist Church; Roswell Georgia

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