No Peggy Lee?
I call foul!
Great list! I like all of them. You might do a separate Blues list starting with Mississippi John Hurt.
Here's the follow-up:
I Found My Yellow Basket--Chick Webb & His Orchestra (with Ella Fitzgerald) (1938)
50 worst inventions:
1. “Best” lists.
50. “Best lists.
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
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!
(but truth be told, i would try to squeeze Dean Martin onto any list, no matter the category)...
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.
A couple young and very good performers, not mentioned in the list:
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.
My vote: Ella Fitzgerald, Black Coffee.
What happened to the rest of this thread, it was longer than it’s now?!
Chet Baker, perhaps the greatest talent squandered by drugs, ever.