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Ballad Essentials by Susannah McCorkle

Jazz lost one of its finest jazz vocalists when Susannah McCorkle died on May 19, 2001. Her great contribution to jazz vocals was her clarity and sensitive interpretations of songbook albums and Brazilian music. Her voice was always on mark, perfectly suited to the songs she performed, and memorable.

In this compilations covering the early 1980s to her death, these 12 selections feature the essential ballads McCorkle enjoyed performing, among them such wonderful classics as the Gershwins' "How Long Has This Been Going On?," "You Go To My Head," "For All We Know," Cole Porter's "Why Don't We Try Staying Home?," "Skylark," "Manha De Carnaval" ("Sunrise"), Django Reinhardt's "Nuages," "The People That You Never Get To Love," "Let's Face The Music And Dance," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "It Never Entered My Mind," "P.S. I Love You."

A moving tribute to McCorkle, this collection of her essential ballads will delight all listeners who enjoy good jazz vocals. Her version of Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business" is a true classic and memorable entertainment with much feeling!

Susannah McCorkle is at her finest in these song performances. Highly recommended.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Susannah McCorkle
  • CD Title: Ballad Essentials
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Concord Jazz
  • Musicians: Susannah McCorkle, vocals. Various guest artists including Allen Farnham on piano, Howard Alden on guitar, Jerry Dodgion on alto saxophone & flute, Ken Peplowski on clarinet, among others.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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