|From The Publisher*||From the author of A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers--an illuminating, deeply personal survey of the greatest twentieth-century jazz and pop albums: the gold standard for generations of musicians, singers, and listeners.|
Each of the fifty-seven albums Will Friedwald discusses here captures the artist at the best, though not necessarily the expected, moment of her or his career. Here are first albums (Marilyn Maye's Meet Marvelous Marilyn Maye) and final works (Fred Astaire's The Astaire Story). Here are albums by veteran singers entering new phases (Peggy Lee's Black Coffee, Nina Simone's Nina Simone and Piano!, Carmen McRae's As Time Goes By: Live at the Dug); albums from artists who dazzle with their typical sound (Ella Fitzgerald's Lullabies of Birdland); and albums from the likes of Frank Sinatra that mark milestones in the history of American musical culture. Friedwald considers how singers and musicians shaped and organized their extraordinary collections of songs, revealing personal stories of the singers' successes and failures, both before and after their groundbreaking albums, appraising each album by balancing his opinions with those of fellow musicians, listeners, and critics. A monumental achievement, The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums will be a must-read for all lovers of American jazz and popular music.
|Biographical Note||WILL FRIEDWALD has written about music for The Wall Street Journal and was the jazz and cabaret critic for The New York Sun. He is the author of eight books, including A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers; Stardust Melodies: The Biography of Twelve of America's Most Popular Songs; Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond; Sinatra! The Song Is You; and The Good Life (with Tony Bennett). He has written the liner notes for nearly five hundred CDs, for which he has received eight Grammy nominations. He has also written for Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, American Heritage, and The New York Times, among other publications. He lives in New York City.|