Billy Eckstine: The Fabulous Mister B (His 50 finest 1940-61) | Retrospective RTS4252

Billy Eckstine: The Fabulous Mister B (His 50 finest 1940-61)

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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTS4252

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 8th September 2014

Contents

Artists

Billy Eckstine
Dizzy Gillespie
Art Blakey
Dexter Gordon
Gene Ammons
Fats Navarro
Sonny Stitt
Sarah Vaughan
Woody Herman
George Shearing
Count Basie
Billy May
Quincy Jones
Earl Hines Orchestra

Artists

Billy Eckstine
Dizzy Gillespie
Art Blakey
Dexter Gordon
Gene Ammons
Fats Navarro
Sonny Stitt
Sarah Vaughan
Woody Herman
George Shearing
Count Basie
Billy May
Quincy Jones
Earl Hines Orchestra

About

A superb centenary portrait of the unique Billy Eckstine (1914-1993), with all the most memorable recordings from his finest years.

The always elegant 'Mister B' occupies a unique position among the top artists of his generation. Not only was his deep vibrato-laden baritone one of the most distinctive and popular voices of the era, giving sophisticated interpretations of romantic ballads that were quite unlike anyone else’s, but he was also a seminal figure in the development of jazz, and his big band of the time included a number of the most potent figures of bebop.

'The Fabulous Mister B' is Retrospective’s survey of Eckstine’s 50 finest during his vintage period of 1940-1961, beginning with tracks recorded as vocalist with the Earl Hines Orchestra (Jelly Jelly, Skylark...). Naturally, all four of his million sellers are included: A Cottage For Sale, Prisoner Of Love, My Foolish Heart and I Apologize, and his two big UK hits: No One But You and Gigi, together with many others of his solo hits of timeless classics such as Blue Moon, Body and Soul, If, Be My Love or Caravan.

Six tracks are with his 1944/5 band that included jazz immortals Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Fats Navarro and Sonny Stitt (Blowing The Blues Away...). It is fitting that four duets with the ‘divine’ Sarah Vaughan should be featured, including the romantic classic Passing Strangers.

The programme couples his artistry with many other fine musicians, such as Woody Herman (I Left My Hat In Haiti), George Shearing (Taking A Chance On Love), Count Basie (Little Mama . . .), Billy May (Stormy Weather...) and Quincy Jones (In The Still Of The Night), closing with six exciting examples of his live cabaret.

And his talents went beyond singing. On Mister B’s Blues there is a rare chance to hear him playing valve trombone, while he takes up the trumpet on ’Deed I Do'!

Track Listing:
CD 1
(1940-1952)
1. Jelly, Jelly
2. Skylark
3. Stormy Monday Blues
4. Blowin’ the Blues Away
5. A Cottage for Sale
6. Lonesome Lover Blues
7. Prisoner of Love
8. I’m in the Mood for Love
9. You Call It Madness
10. Everything I Have Is Yours
11. Intrigue
12. Blue Moon
13. Mister B’s Blues
14. Caravan
15. Body and Soul
16. Jealousy
17. My Foolish Heart
18. Dedicated to You
19. You’re All I Need
20. I Wanna Be Loved
21. Be My Love
22. I Apologize
23. If
24. I Left My Hat in Haiti
25. Taking a Chance on Love
26. One for My Baby and One More for the Road

CD 2 (1952-1961)
1. Kiss of Fire
2. Tenderly
3. St Louis Blues
4. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
5. No One but You
6. Cheek to Cheek
7. Passing Strangers
8. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
9. You Don’t Know What Love Is
10. Stella by Starlight
11. Gigi
12. Imagination
13. Lullaby of the Leaves
14. Little Mama
15. Blues, the Mother of Sin
16. As Time Goes by
17. Stormy Weather
18. Blues in the Night
19. Without a Song
20. Lush Life
21. ’Deed I Do
22. Misty
23. In the Still of the Night
24. Alright, Okay, You Win

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