From ‘Shout for joy’ to ‘Sometimes I’m Happy’, we have mixed 18 ‘Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Joy & Happiness‘. It has Tony Bennett, Rigmor Gustafsson, Bobby Timmons, B.B. King and many more.
Louis Jordan: Louis Jordan (of “Caldonia”, “Choo Choo Ch ‘Boogie” and “Let the Good Time Roll” fame), the Father of the Rhythm & Blues came out of the blues world of Brinkley, Arkansas, to play in Chick Webb’s swing band from 1932 to 1938; he played alto sax and participated in comedy routines.
Document Records : Ammon’s showpiece “Boogie Woogie Stomp” uses melody lines in rows of thirds. In “Boogie In C” and Shout for Joy”, a single note rumbling bass similar to Johnson’s ‘Blues On The Downbeat’ or ‘Death Ray Boogie’ is played.
Barnesandnoble.com : For his first recording as a leader, Timmons (whose “funky” style was beginning to become very influential) performs those three hits along with his own “Joy Ride” and five standards in a trio with bassist Sam Jones and drummer Jimmy Cobb.
Buddy Rich : Immensely gifted, Rich could play with remarkable speed and dexterity despite the fact that he never received a formal lesson and refused to practice outside of his performances.
Cassandre McKinley : From inception to execution, McKinley’s sensitivity to Gaye’s message and her rich, warm sound combine to pull this project far, far away from the ordinary.
alibris : In “Newport 1958: Brubeck Plays Ellington (1958)”, the inspired choice of “Jump For Joy” makes for some of the most magical moments, while “Perdido” provides an extended workout for Desmond and Brubeck.
Breath of Life : Grover Washington Jr. and Freddy Cole’s “Overjoyed” is fantastic. It’s everything a cover should be. The way these two remake the song it sounds like something out of the early part of the 20th century, like a Gershwin tune or something. Lovely, lovely, lovely.