Fascinating Rhythm
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  • Fred Astaire Fred Astaire
  • Oscar Peterson Oscar Peterson

Fred Astaire

Fascinating Rhythm

Blue Moon Jazz

Personnel:
Fred Astaire (vcl), Oscar Peterson (p), Charlie Shavers (tp), Flip Philips (ts), Barney Kessel (g), Ray Brown (b) Alvin Stoller (d)

Reference: BMCD 3029

Bar code: 8427328030298

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)


Tracklisting:

01. Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin-Gershwin) 2:41
02. I Won´t Dance
(Kern-Hammerstein-Harbach) 3:01
03. 'S Wonderful (Gershwin-Gershwin)2:56
04. Let´s Call The Whole Thing Off
(Gershwin-Gershwin) 4:36
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
(Gershwin-Gershwin) 2:07
13. They Can´t Take That Away From Me
(Gershwin-Gershwin) 4:22
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
(Conrad-Magidson) 2:22
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
(Astaire-Mercer) 3:59

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.


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Price:

$10.94  (tax incl.)

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