Fred Astaire (vcl), Oscar Peterson (p), Charlie Shavers (tp), Flip Philips (ts), Barney Kessel (g), Ray Brown (b) Alvin Stoller (d)
Because he was world renowned as a dancer and quite popular as a movie actor, Fred Astaire has tended to be underrated (if not completely overlooked) as a jazz singer. Although not really an improviser, Astaire's phrasing always swung and his occasional vocals on record were usually a joy. This CD is something special for it features Astaire with six members of Jazz at the Philharmonic: tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips, trumpeter Charlie Shavers, pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Alvin Stoller. Astaire sings 22 swing standards (many of which he had originally introduced in movies) and dances on three ad-lib numbers; the musicians have plenty of opportunities to stretch out. The biggest surprise to this set is that Fred Astaire did not do similar projects more often throughout his career. Highly recommended.
-Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)
01. Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin-Gershwin) 2:41
02. I Won´t Dance
03. 'S Wonderful (Gershwin-Gershwin)2:56
04. Let´s Call The Whole Thing Off
05. Isn´t This A Lovely Day (Berlin) 4:26
06. Night And Day (Porter) 5:00
07. Steppin' Out With My Baby (Berlin) 2:22
08. The Way You Look Tonight (Kern-Fields) 2:57
09. The Continental (Conrad-Magidson) 3:28
10. A Fine Romance (Kern-Fields) 3:43
11. Cheek To Cheek (Berlin) 5:39
12. Nice Work If You Can Get It
13. They Can´t Take That Away From Me
14. They All Laughed (Gershwin-Gershwin) 2:55
15. A Foogy Day (Gershwin-Gershwin) 4:00
16. Top Hat White The And Tails (Berlin) 3:49
17. I´ve Got My Eyes On You (Porter) 2:57
18. A Needle In A Haystack
19. I´m Putting All My Eggs In One (Berlin) 2:54
20. Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin-Gershwin) 4:29
21. No Strings (Berlin) 2:54
22. I´m Building Up to an Awful Let-Down
Total time: 78:00 min. approx.
Fred Astaire sings in all tracks, accompanied by:
Oscar Peterson (piano), Charlie Shavers (trumpet), Flip Philips (tenor Sax), Barney Kessel (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), and Alvin Stoller (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, December 1952.