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The Mix: 50 Great Jazz Vocals
NPR ^ | February 07, 2013 | JOEY COHN

Posted on 02/09/2013 9:06:05 AM PST by nickcarraway

50 Great Jazz Vocals is a crowdsourced list of the 50 most popular jazz vocal recordings of all time, as determined by the listeners of NPR Music, Jazz24.org and KPLU in Seattle. We asked jazz lovers all over the world to vote for their favorites. When the results were in, the thousands of votes were tabulated, and this list is the result. You can take a look at the list below or, better yet, dive into the webstream, kick back and listen to all 50 Great Jazz Vocals. According to our listeners, it doesn't get any better than this.

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50 Great Jazz Vocals: The List

1. Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit"

2. Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane, "Lush Life"

3. Billie Holiday, "God Bless the Child"

4. Ella Fitzgerald, "How High the Moon"

5. Ella Fitzgerald, "Mack the Knife"

6. Etta James, "At Last"

7. Louis Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"

8. Chet Baker, "My Funny Valentine"

9. Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, "Girl From Ipanema" 10. Peggy Lee, "Fever"

11. Sarah Vaughan, "Lullaby of Birdland"

12. Ella Fitzgerald, "Summertime"

13. The Manhattan Transfer, "Birdland"

14. Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane, "My One and Only Love"

15. Nina Simone, "I Loves You, Porgy"

16. Ella Fitzgerald, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

17. Joe Williams with Count Basie & His Orchestra, "Everyday I Have the Blues"

18. Billie Holiday, "Autumn in New York"

19. Sarah Vaughan, "Misty"

20. Ella Fitzgerald, "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered"

21. Nina Simone, "Feeling Good"

22. Billie Holiday, "Fine and Mellow"

23. Nina Simone, "My Baby Just Cares for Me"

24. Nat King Cole, "Route 66"

25. Frank Sinatra, "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)"

26. Ella Fitzgerald, "Blue Skies"

27. June Christy, "Something Cool"

28. Ray Charles, "Georgia on My Mind"

29. Frank Sinatra, "I've Got You Under My Skin"

30. Anita O'Day, "Sweet Georgia Brown"

31. Billie Holiday, "All of Me"

32. Louis Armstrong, "Black and Blue"

33. Susannah McCorkle, "The Waters of March"

34. Frank Sinatra, "Fly Me to the Moon"

35. Billie Holiday, "Good Morning Heartache"

36. Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, "You Go to My Head"

37. Clark Terry, "Mumbles"

38. Billie Holiday, "My Man"

39. Diana Krall, "Peel Me a Grape"

40. Nat King Cole, "Unforgettable"

41. Nat King Cole, "Stardust"

42. Chet Baker, "Let's Get Lost"

43. Billie Holiday, "Lover Man"

44. Ella Fitzgerald, "Someone to Watch Over Me"

45. Eva Cassidy, "Autumn Leaves"

46. Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane, "They Say It's Wonderful"

47. Les McCann & Eddie Harris, "Compared To What"

48. Julie London, "Cry Me a River"

49. Cab Calloway, "Minnie the Moocher"

50. Nat King Cole, "Nature Boy"


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: jazz

1 posted on 02/09/2013 9:06:08 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

No Peggy Lee?

I call foul!


2 posted on 02/09/2013 9:09:20 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: nickcarraway

Great list! I like all of them. You might do a separate Blues list starting with Mississippi John Hurt.


3 posted on 02/09/2013 9:25:15 AM PST by JimSEA ( “what difference does it make?”)
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To: nickcarraway
16. Ella Fitzgerald, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"

Here's the follow-up:

I Found My Yellow Basket--Chick Webb & His Orchestra (with Ella Fitzgerald) (1938)

4 posted on 02/09/2013 9:26:08 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: MrEdd
No Peggy Lee?

I call foul!

Foul ball!! I agree.

5 posted on 02/09/2013 9:28:35 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: MrEdd
No Peggy Lee?

I call foul!

Huh?

10. Peggy Lee, "Fever"

6 posted on 02/09/2013 9:34:13 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

50 worst inventions:

1. “Best” lists.

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50. “Best lists.


7 posted on 02/09/2013 9:35:14 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting—3 of the 50 songs are from the same album: “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.” Particularly interesting when you consider that the album consists of only 6 songs. #14—”My One and Only Love” is my personal favorite.

Here is a review on Amazon:

This is one of the three all-ballad albums that John Coltrane recorded in late 1962 and early 1963. Johnny Hartman was apparently Coltrane’s suggestion, and his deep, dark voice meshes perfectly here with Coltrane’s tenor. The material is well-chosen, including definitive readings of “My One and Only Love” and “Lush Life.” McCoy Tyner fills out the chords, augmenting the harmonies and keeping the tone of these ballads respectful but not overly sentimental. All the players get to the deep structure of the songs and are not afraid to play in the most essential and elegant manner. This is beautiful jazz. —Michael Monhart

Product Description
It was a match made in heaven: Hartman’s beautiful baritone voice and Coltrane’s exploratory yet empathetic tenor sax. This 1963 Impulse LP is a career highlight for both these jazz giants!


8 posted on 02/09/2013 9:35:54 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: MrEdd

No Bobby Darin Mack the Knife?


9 posted on 02/09/2013 9:39:42 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: nickcarraway
A very good list of some old standards. Compare these incomparable songs with today's schlock from the likes of Lady GaGa and the stars of rap.
10 posted on 02/09/2013 9:46:53 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: nickcarraway
I would include the following:
11 posted on 02/09/2013 9:49:19 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

12 posted on 02/09/2013 10:01:48 AM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: nickcarraway
hmmm... for me, the list has to include Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea." and i would try really hard to squeeze in, "Sway," by Dean Martin...

(but truth be told, i would try to squeeze Dean Martin onto any list, no matter the category)...

13 posted on 02/09/2013 10:09:04 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: tallyhoe
No Bobby Darin Mack the Knife?

i agree! his rendition of Mac the Knife is my favorite! and i think his Beyond the Sea ought to be on the list... Louie Armstrong's Mac the Knife is my second favorite rendition...

14 posted on 02/09/2013 10:12:23 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: nickcarraway

First define what you consider a “jazz vocal”, then define what you consider “great”, because some on the list are what I’d consider pop, and not so “great” at that! Your tax dollars at work.


15 posted on 02/09/2013 10:13:23 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
They really should have some by the Boswell Sisters/Connee Boswell. The Boswell Sister's, "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," should be in the top ten. (Ella Fitzgerald shocked everyone by saying Connee Boswell was the most influential singer on her)

Also, "Moanin' Low," by Libby Holman.

How about something by Annette Hanshaw. "Stormy Weather," or something by Ethel Waters.

16 posted on 02/09/2013 10:32:15 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Rock and Roll by the Boswell Sisters (1934): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b5oWwFUhN0


17 posted on 02/09/2013 10:35:35 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: hunosehu
If you can’t close the deal with that version of My One and Only Love then hang it up brother.

Absolutely! The very thought of it makes my heart sing.

19 posted on 02/09/2013 10:59:02 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: hunosehu
By the way, someobody has 4 of the songs up on YouTube. link.
20 posted on 02/09/2013 11:01:55 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Well said!!! Kudos...Your point expresses my amazement at seeing Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” on the list. I can easily think of a half dozen Sinatra songs far more deserving..


21 posted on 02/09/2013 11:12:23 AM PST by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: latina4dubya

Couldn’t agree more. Not a single tune by the best crooner of them all, Dean-o....horsecrap list...


23 posted on 02/09/2013 11:41:04 AM PST by Crapgame (What should be taught in our schools? American Exceptionalism, not cultural Marxism...)
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To: Crapgame
Not a single tune by the best crooner of them all, Dean-o

yes! Evening in Roma... Return to Me... Volare'

24 posted on 02/09/2013 11:51:57 AM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: Crapgame

And no Mel Torme.


25 posted on 02/09/2013 11:53:08 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

A couple young and very good performers, not mentioned in the list:

Michael Buble

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDh4GC7n0ig

Melody Gardot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SntJNLeHNS0


26 posted on 02/09/2013 11:55:55 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: nickcarraway

If Joni Mitchell isn’t on the list, I question how well the popularity of these songs reflects their quality.

“Twisted” from the Court and Spark album is just all-time great, even if it was originally recorded by Lambert, Hendricks, and whoever.

Also, I need to get Joni Mitchell’s Mingus album on CD soon, because my cassette is about shot.


27 posted on 02/09/2013 12:16:29 PM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: nickcarraway
What, Beyouncé's Superbowl Spectacular didn't make the cut? (*snicker*)

My vote: Ella Fitzgerald, Black Coffee.

28 posted on 02/09/2013 12:17:25 PM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: MrEdd

My favorite Peggy Lee song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzZc88t5hOU


29 posted on 02/09/2013 12:19:16 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Moltke
My vote: Ella Fitzgerald, Black Coffee.

oh gosh! yes! and i want Ertha Kitt on the list too!

30 posted on 02/09/2013 12:31:23 PM PST by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: hunosehu

I’m confessin’ that I like it.


31 posted on 02/09/2013 12:32:01 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Jack Teagarden-Loveless Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpOO_b4zEV0


32 posted on 02/09/2013 12:39:09 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: latina4dubya

i agree! his rendition of Mac the Knife is my favorite! and i think his Beyond the Sea ought to be on the list... Louie Armstrong’s Mac the Knife is my second favorite rendition...

You hit the nail on the head!!! All those were great!!


34 posted on 02/09/2013 11:53:28 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: nickcarraway
I saw three people on this list in concert.

Not bad.

-PJ

35 posted on 02/10/2013 12:04:27 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Well, don’t hold out on us. Which ones?


36 posted on 02/10/2013 2:14:30 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Well, don’t hold out on us. Which ones?

October 1966 - Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Westbury Music Fair in New York. I was just a kid brought along with my parents. All I knew at the time was Tisket Tasket.

September 1996 - Joe Wiliams with Tony Bennett at the Concord Pavillion in California.

June 1995 - Ray Charles at Wente Vineyards in Pleasanton, California.

-PJ

37 posted on 02/10/2013 2:57:16 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: nickcarraway

What happened to the rest of this thread, it was longer than it’s now?!


38 posted on 02/10/2013 2:58:43 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

Chet Baker, perhaps the greatest talent squandered by drugs, ever.


40 posted on 02/14/2013 7:52:10 AM PST by dfwgator
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