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11/5/2013
VERVE RECORDS CELEBRATES AMERICAN JAZZ WITH THE RELEASE OF ‘VERVE – THE SOUND OF AMERICA - THE SINGLES COLLECTION’
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Founded in 1956 by jazz impresario Norman Granz, Verve Records, along with its associated labels, has consistently been at the forefront of jazz’s development as both an American art form and an influential commercial force for more than half a century. In this time, Verve continued to nurture and foster the careers of many of jazz’s most original and influential artists, building a catalog that encompasses the most celebrated recordings while working to popularize the music with new and larger audiences.

 

On December 10, 2013, Verve Records/Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will release Verve – The Sound Of America – The Singles Collection, a 5-CD collection featuring 100 singles from the Verve catalog, over 20 of which have been out of print for years, all packaged in a stylish two-part, lift-off box with a 48-page booklet and extensive liner notes. Included are tracks from jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Smith, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins and Astrud Gilberto.

 

It was at the tail end of 1955 that Norman Granz decided to form Verve Records; he did so for Ella Fitzgerald, as he already managed her career, but also felt he knew how to make the kind of records the singer should be making – history has proven he was right. However, the story of Verve goes back a decade or more where it can trace its roots in Granz’s ambition to take jazz out of the clubs and into concert halls, as well as in Clef and Norgran, the record labels that he had been running for a number of years.


His “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concerts were groundbreaking and, for Granz, starting a record company was a way of expanding his JATP franchise, but almost immediately the artists that appeared in his concerts recognized the opportunity of making studio recordings. By the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the artists that Granz recorded for his Clef and Norgran labels included Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Count Basie and Stan Getz.
 

Verve – The Sound Of America – The Singles Collection takes you through the history of one of the most influential jazz labels of all-time with tracks such as Ella Fitzgerald’s Top 50 hit “Mack The Knife” (1960); Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto’s Top 5, GRAMMY® Award winning hit “The Girl From Ipanema” (1964) Jimmy Smith’s Top 100 hit “The Cat” (1964) and Diana Krall’s “The Look Of Love” (2001). Also featured are jazz renditions of contemporary classics such as Wes Montgomery’s version of The Mamas & The Papas’ classic hit “California Dreaming” (1966), Don Sebesky’s version of the Beatles “The Word” (1968) and Willie Bobo’s original version of “Evil Ways” (1968) the song made famous by Santana.

 

The Sound Of America also features many singles from the those early Clef and Norgran eras including Charlie Parker’s “Just Friends” (1949) and “Bloomdido” (1950) featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie’s “I Can’t Get Started” (1956) featuring Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson’s “Debut” (1950), and Billie Holiday’s “You Go To My Head” (1952) and “Tenderly” (1952).
 

The box set is being issued in conjunction with the November 4, 2013 publication of a lavishly illustrated, 400-page new book Verve: The Sound of America written by Richard Havers and published by Thames & Hudson.


A stunning volume, Verve: The Sound of America tells the entire story of jazz—from its earliest days in New Orleans to the 1970s and beyond—through Verve archival material. This superb book presents some of the rarest records and unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch, and twelve-inch records appear along with publicity reports, news clippings, ledger books, telegrams, and contracts. Looking beyond the music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the places, and the people who made jazz vital. Commentary from the biggest names in jazz today, including some of Verve’s own artists, complements the text. Richard Havers’s previous books include Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey and Sinatra. He is a consultant to Universal on jazz and has produced box sets including Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice of Jazz.
 

With a vital combination of respect for the past and a drive towards the future, Verve continues to pursue the same sense of musical adventure that first motivated its creation and continues to evolve with the times, reinventing and reinvigorating itself with the infusion alike. With jazz currently reaching a broader audience than very before, Verve is a stronger musical and social force than ever, preserving its remarkable legacy while building towards a bright musical future.
 

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TRACK LISTING:

 

ARTIST

TITLE

 

 

CD1

 

Jazz at the Philharmonic

Perdido, Pt. 1&2

Charlie Parker/Flip Phillips/Machito

No Noise, Pt. 1&2

Slim Gaillard

Opera In Vout, Pt. 1&2

Charlie Parker

Just Friends

Lester Young

I Cover the Waterfront

Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie (with Thelonius Monk)

Bloomdido

Coleman Hawkins

There's a Small Hotel

Oscar Peterson

Debut

Johnny Hodges 

Castle Rock

Illinois Jacquet

Port Of Rico

Billie Holiday

You Go To My Head

Roy Eldridge

Dale's Wail

Billie Holiday

Tenderly

Ben Webster

Tenderly

Count Basie/Joe Williams

Alright, Okay, You Win

Count Basie

April In Paris

Dizzy Gillespie

I Can't Get Started

Anita O'Day

The Rock And Roll Waltz

Ella Fitzgerald

Too Young For The Blues

Gene Krupa

Boogie Blues

   

CD2

 

Fred Astaire

Hello Baby

Ella Fitzgerald

(The End of ) A Beautiful Friendship

Ella Fitzgerald

Stay There

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong

Stars Fell On Alabama

Bing Crosby

Mountain Greenery

Ella Fitzgerald

Manhattan

Woody Herman

I Wonder

Oscar Peterson

I've Never Left Your Arms

Ella Fitzgerald

It's All Right With Me

Johnny Hodges

I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

Buddy Bregman

Derek's Blues

Teddy Wilson

Sayonara

Oscar Peterson

The Golden Striker

Gene Krupa

Sing, Sing, Sing, Pt. 1&2

Ella Fitzgerald

Stairway To The Stars

Dizzy Gillespie

Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac, Pt. 1&2

Mel Torme

Frenesi

Louis Bellson

Lulu's Back In Town

Billie Holiday

Strange Fruit

Louis Armstrong

Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

   

CD3

 

Oscar Peterson 

On The Street Where You Live

Ella Fitzgerald

Mack The Knife

Terry Gibbs

Let's Do It

Gerry Mulligan

I'm Gonna Go Fishin', Pt. 1&2

Ella Fitzgerald

How High The Moon, Pt. 1&2

Roy Eldridge

Bossa Nova

Ella Fitzgerald

Mr. Paganini

Ella Fitzgerald

Cry Me A River

Jimmy Smith

Walk On The Wild Side, Pt. 1&2

Stan Getz

Desafinado

Jimmy Smith

Ol' Man River

Blossom Dearie

Teach Me Tonight

Terry Gibbs

The Hippie Twist

Ella Fitzgerald

Desafinado

Stan Getz

Manha De Carnaval (Morning Of The Carnival)

Jimmy Smith

Hobo Flats, Pt. 1&2

Ella Fitzgerald

Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home

Stan Getz & Luis Bonfa

Sambalero

Bill Evans

On Broadway

Kai Winding

More

   

CD4

 

Bill Evans

Theme from The VIPs

Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith

What'd I Say?

Jimmy Smith

Theme From "Any Number Can Win"

Oscar Peterson

Hymn To Freedom

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Corcovado

Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Wynton Kelly

If That's The Way You Want It

Kai Winding

Mondo Cane, #2

Jimmy Smith

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Pt. 1&2

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto

Blowin' In The Wind

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto

The Girl From Ipanema

Ella Fitzgerald

Hello, Dolly

Louis Armstrong

Makin' Whoopee

Jimmy Smith

The Cat

Lalo Schifrin

Bachianas Brasileiras, No. 5

Ella Fitzgerald

Ringo Beat

Donald Byrd

You've Been Talkin' About My Baby

Cal Tjader

Soul Sauce

Jimmy Smith

Goldfinger, Pt. 1&2

Astrud Gilberto

Agua De Beber

   

CD5

 

Jimmy Smith

Organ Grinder Swing

Kenny Burrell

Loie

Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington

Imagine My Frustration, Pt. 1&2

Willie Bobo

Spanish Grease

Wes Montgomery

Goin' Out Of My Head

Jimmy Smith

Got My Mojo Workin', Pt. 1&2

Bill Evans

Pavanne

Jimmy Smith

Hoochie Coochie Man, Pt. 1&2

Wes Montgomery

Bumpin' On Sunset

Willie Bobo

Sunshine Superman

Wes Montgomery

California Dreaming

Astrud Gilberto

Dindi

Willie Bobo

Evil Ways

Chico O'Farrill

Manteca

Jimmy Smith

Chain Of Fools, Pt. 1&2

Don Sebesky

The Word

Kenny Burrell

The Preacher

Lalo Schifrin

Agnus Dei

Stan Getz

Communication ‘72

Diana Krall

The Look of Love

 

 

 

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