Vocal and Jazz Ecstacy
tried hard to write this review from a unique angle, but failed
miserably since there doesn't seem to be much information available
on Vocal and Jazz Ecstacy, a new compilation of classics
from Stardust Records. Fortunately, the music is strong enough
to not really need my witty commentary. Ecstasy has 15 tracks
from some of the greatest jazz artists of all time, with one novelty
cut (Marilyn Monroe's faux-French sounding take on "Do It
Again") and one vanity track ("Brazil" by The Blue
Dahlia, which features a member who put this compilation together).
mood of the record is framed by romantic and nostalgic sentiments,
and is primarily made up of slow and medium tempos. However, it
never gets bogged down, because, frankly, who could get tired
of hearing Ray Charles sing "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"
or Count Basie with Joe Williams on "Ain't Misbehavin'."
and Jazz Ecstasy would be an excellent gift for a jazz rookie.
But, with solid entries from artists ranging from Charlie Parker
to Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie and Django Reinhardt, even
those with more extensive collections will enjoy the program.