Various – Sir Michael Parkinson presents Our Kind Of Music : The Great American Songbook (3 CD Set)


Various – Sir Michael Parkinson presents Our Kind Of Music : The Great American Songbook (3 CD Set)

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Alongside his interviewing and writing, Sir Michael Parkinson spent much of his career promoting the appreciation of the music of the Great American Songbook and encouraging those of the new generation who are fighting to keep that flame alive. In the process he developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of that genre. This collection features artists ranging from the legendary singers Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra to modern masters of the genre Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum.

“This compilation CD is a personally curated collection of, in my opinion, the best of The Great American Songbook. But what is the Great American Songbook? In simplest terms it is the canon of the most enduring and popular songs and jazz standards composed between 1920 and 1950’s. For the most part written for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. It features compositions by the likes of George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter and Johnnie Mercer to name but a few. It is perhaps America’s sole indigenous art form and it is not a stretch to call it, as others have, ‘America’s Classical Music.” Michael Parkinson

Disc 1
1 You Make Me Feel so Young – Frank Sinatra
2 Blue Moon – Mel Torme
3 I’m Old Fashioned – Andy Williams
4 I’ll Be Seeing You – Gladys Knight
5 The Very Thought of You – Tony Bennett
6 Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye – Ella Fitzgerald
7 Spring Is Here – Anita O’Day
8 Everyday I Have the Blues – Count Basie & Joe Williams
9 Lush Life – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman
10 Fools Rush In – Keely Smith
11 People Will Say We’re in Love – Helen Merrill
12 It Never Entered My Mind – Sarah Vaughan
13 Wait Till You See Him – Blossom Dearie
14 My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Peggy Lee
15 A Fine Romance – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
16 It Had to Be You – Bobby Darin
17 Stardust – Nat King Cole
18 You Don’t Know What Love Is – Dinah Washington

Disc 2
1 Summertime – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
2 I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
3 Love For Sale (Live At Chez Club, Hollywood, 1996) – The Buddy Rich Big Band
4 All the Things You Are – Carmen McRae
5 Nice Work If You Can Get It – Mel Torme
6 Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles
7 Manhattan – Blossom Dearie
8 How Long Has This Been Going On – Sarah Vaughan
9 I Should Care – Julie London
10 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening – Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman & Matt Matlock’s All Stars & Four Hits and a Miss
11 I Wished On the Moon – Billie Holiday
12 Isn’t It a Pity – Shirley Horn
13 I Used to Be Colour Blind – Anita O’Day
14 Change Partners – Fred Astaire
15 My Funny Valentine – Dinah Shore & Andre Previn
16 But Not for Me – Gladys Knight
17 Like Someone in Love – Ella Fitzgerald
18 I’m Glad There Is You – Johnny Hartman

Disc 3
1 I Get A Kick Out Of You – Jamie Cullum
2 Time After Time – Vic Damone
3 ‘S Wonderful – Diana Krall
4 Here’s That Rainy Day – Dionne Warwick
5 They Can’t Take That Away from Me – Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
6 How High the Moon – Stan Kenton & June Christy
7 The September of My Years – Frank Sinatra
8 Swinging On A Star – Bing Crosby
9 The Nearness Of You – Dick Haymes
10 What’s New – Billie Holiday
11 Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
12 The Man That Got Away (From “A Star Is Born”) – Judy Garland
13 I’ll Remember April – George Shearing
14 Haunted Heart – Jane Monheit
15 They All Laughed – Mel Torme
16 Rockin’ Chair – Jack Teagarden
17 Come Rain or Come Shine – Ray Charles
18 Our Kind of Music – Joe Stilgoe