Jazz Divas: Gold

Jazz Divas: Gold


There are no less than 20 CD compilations on the market with the words "Jazz Divas" in the title, and another eight that use the phrase "Divas of Jazz." Those two nouns, so carelessly bandied about, describe improvising female vocalists whose works are an extension of a tradition established by Bessie Smith, Adelaide Hall, Ethel Waters, Mildred Bailey, Ivie Anderson, Valaida Snow, Una Mae Carlisle, and Lee Wiley, none of whom appear on Verve's 2007 double-disc anthology titled Jazz Divas: Gold. Although a collection this diverse is vulnerable to criticism, particularly in regards to the song choices that were made, the temporal range -- May 1938 through June 1997 -- allows for a healthy overview of stylistic evolution. Thirty singers are represented here, with Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and Nina Simone checking in twice (each of the five has her own volume in Verve's Gold series). This is a mainstream selection; while the omission of Ada Moore, Jeanne Lee, and June Tyson is therefore not surprising, the absence of Pearl Bailey, Betty Roch?, and Etta Jones is most unfortunate. On the positive side, it's an entertaining survey of mostly great recordings made over a span of six decades by a variegated assortment of female jazz vocalists. ~ arwulf arwulf, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
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    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Rice Village
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  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 600753020586


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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. A Tisket, A Tasket Ella Fitzgerald
  • 2. Blame It On My Last Affair Helen Humes/Count Basie
  • 3. Lover Man Billie Holiday
  • 4. Take Love Easy Lena Horne
  • 5. Good Morning Heartache Billie Holiday
  • 6. Black Coffee Peggy Lee
  • 7. Lullaby Of Birdland Sarah Vaughan
  • 8. Born To Be Blue Helen Merrill
  • 9. Blue Gardenia Dinah Washington
  • 10. Let Me Off Uptown Anita O'day/Gene Krupa
  • 11. My Funny Valentine Carmen Mc Rae
  • 12. Misty Sarah Vaughan
  • 13. This Bitter Earth Dinah Washington
  • 14. These Foolish Things Etta James
  • 15. Body And Soul Morgana King
  • 16. Don't Tell Me Nancy Wilson/The Rusty Bryant Quintet
  • 17. Early Autumn Cleo Laine
  • 18. Harlem Nocturne Ernestine Anderson
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Mack The Knife Ella Fitzgerald
  • 2. After The Lights Go Down Low Freda Payne
  • 3. I Will Wait For You Astrud Gilberto
  • 4. Show Me Lorez Alexandria
  • 5. I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone
  • 6. Joey, Joey, Joey Gloria Lynne
  • 7. Go Away Little Boy Marlena Shaw
  • 8. Twisted Annie Ross
  • 9. Surrey With The Fringe On Top Blossom Dearie
  • 10. Inch Worm, The Sheila Jordan
  • 11. My Favorite Things Betty Carter
  • 12. My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Simone
  • 13. Here's To Life Shirley Horn
  • 14. Angel Cassandra Wilson
  • 15. I Must Have That Man Abbey Lincoln
  • 16. Shiny Stockings Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • 17. Somewhere In The Night Teri Thornton
 
HPB condition ratings
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
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