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Jazz Vocal Reissues II

This week on Afterglow more recent reissues from EMI's "Great Jazz Vocal Collection" series are featured, with songs from Dakota Staton, June Christy, and more.

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Dakota Staton's album Dynamic! is her followup to her smash 1958 hit The Late, Late Show.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature more recent reissues from EMI’s “Great Jazz Vocal Collection” series, with entries from Dakota Staton ( Dynamic! —her followup to her smash 1958 hit The Late, Late Show), June Christy (The Intimate Miss Christy —a small-group, late-night album and one of the last that Christy recorded for Capitol), and Dinah Shore (Dinah Shore Sings, Andre Previn Plays — showcasing Shore in a jazz-piano-trio setting).

In addition to these three jazz-singer gems from the late 1950s and early 1960s, we’ll have music from Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Keith Jarrett, John Hicks, Dave Douglas, and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Life Is a Song
Tony Bennett/Count Basie — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (Roulette, 1959)
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Life Is a Song
Tony Bennett/Count Basie — Basie Swings, Bennett Sings (Roulette, 1959)
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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Chet Baker — Chet (Riverside, 1959)

Notes: With Bill Evans on piano.

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Some Day My Prince Will Come
Cassandra Wilson — Traveling Miles (Blue Note, 1999)
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My Song
Keith Jarrett — The Carnegie Hall Concert (ECM, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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The More I See You
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol, 1963)

Notes: With Bud Shank on flute & Al Viola on guitar (as for all other tracks from this album).

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Time After Time
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol, 1963)
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Ev'ry Time
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol, 1963)
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Anything Goes
Dakota Staton — Dynamic! (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Harry Sweets Edison is the featured trumpeter on this album.

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Night Mist
Dakota Staton — Dynamic! (Capitol, 1958)
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Say It Ain't So, Joe
Dakota Staton — Dynamic! (Capitol, 1958)
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One Peaceful Moment
John Hicks — Sweet Love of Mine (HighNote, 2006)

Notes: New release. Hicks composition.

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Ill Wind
Frank Sinatra — In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (Capitol, 1955)
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You Know I Care
Duke Pearson — Honeybuns (Koch, 1966)

Notes: Duke Pearson composition. Featuring Les Spann on flute.

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The Man I Love
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1960)

Notes: Shore accompanied by the Andre Previn trio (as on all other tracks from this album).

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That Old Feeling
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1960)
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They All Laughed
Dakota Staton — Dynamic! (Capitol, 1958)
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I Wonder
Dakota Staton — Dynamic! (Capitol, 1958)

Notes: Song that was a big 1945 hit for Cecil Gant.

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Invitation
Dakota Staton — Dynamic! (Capitol, 1958)
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Fly Me to the Moon
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol, 1963)
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Don't Explain
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol, 1963)
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You're Nearer
June Christy — The Intimate Miss Christy (Capitol, 1963)
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You Know That
J.R. Monterose — The Message (Prevue, 1959)

Notes: With Tommy Flanagan on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Pete La Roca on drums.

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Sea Change
Dave Douglas — Charms of the Night Sky (Winter and Winter, 1998)
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It Had to Be You
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1960)
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I'll Be Seeing You
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1960)
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If I Had You
Dinah Shore — Dinah Sings, Previn Plays (Capitol, 1960)
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I Fall in Love Too Easily
Miles Davis — Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (Sony/Legacy, 1965)
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Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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