Reference: FSRCD 809_2
Bar code: 8427328608091
By the end of 1960, Mavis Rivers, was that rarest of rare combinations: heart, soul, voice, stylethe insiders choice to scale the heightswhen Frank Sinatra caught her act and immediately signed her to his newly formed Reprise label. She had already recorded three albums for Capitol Records and attracted an international following among jazz audiences.
During her two years with Reprise she recorded another three excellent albums accompanied by all-star orchestras arranged and conducted by skillful maestros of the Hollywood studios, like Marty Paich (Mavis), Van Alexander (Swing Along with Mavis), and Chuck Sagle (Mavis Meets Shorty), plus a couple of singles by Neal Hefti. On the third album she shared the spotlight with Shorty Rogers, who contributed his great taste and tonal strength to some well-conceived solos on fluegelhorn. On these albums she shows why she was considered one of the best rhythm singers in the music business. Frank Sinatra is said to have described her as the purest voice in jazz, comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald, and it was certainly no accident that Miss Rivers was compared to Queen Ella so frequently.
01. Honeysuckle Rose (Waller-Razaf) 3:07
02. Day In, Day Out (Mercer-Bloom) 2:19
03. Theres No You (Durgom-Adair-Hopper) 4:02
04. Hurry Home (Meyer-Emmerick-Bernier) 2:15
05. Candy (David-Whitney-Kramer) 3:09
06. People Will Say Were In Love
(Rodgers-Hammerstein II) 1:52
07. I Dont Mean a Thing (If It Aint Got That Swing)
08. A Sleepin Bee (Arlen-Capote) 3:35
09. Youd Be So Nice to Come Home To
(Cole Porter) 2:20
10. All My Tomorrows (Cahn-Van Heusen) 2:58
11. Massachusetts (Roberts-Razaf) 2:47
12. Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week) (Styne-Cahn) 2:28
13. Love You Madly (Ellington) 2:31
14. Another Human Being of the Opposite Sex
(Burke-Van Heusen) 3:17
15. Life Is So Peculiar (Burke-Van Heusen) 2:27
16. On Second Thought (Coleman-Leigh) 3:04
17. Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
18. Things to Do Today (Rivers-Annarino) 3:01
01. There, Ive Said It Again (Evans-Mann) 3:16
02. Cocoanuts (DePaul-Russell) 2:54
03. This Could Be It (White) 2:58
04. Can I Forget You (Kern-Hammerstein II) 2:44
05. Love and the Weather (Berlin) 2:35
06. Do It Now (Gladstone-Rotella) 2:35
07. Cheatin Billy (Spence-Keith-Bergman) 2:14
08. Im Not Lonely (Spence-Keith) 2:57
09. Inside the Outside Inn (Stanford-Dennis) 2:56
10. I Remember You (Mercer-Schertzinger) 2:07
11. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
12. When Sunny Gets Blue (Segal-Fischer) 2:23
13. Nothing But the Best (Rotella) 2:43
14. I Feel So Smoochie (Moore) 2:34
15. Im Gonna Live Till I Die
16. The Best Is Yet to Come (Coleman-Leigh) 2:33
17. Ive Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 3:02
18. Slightly Out of Tune (Desafinado)
19. My Shining Hour (Arlen-Mercer) 1:48
20. By Myself (Schwartz-Dietz) 1:56
21. Get Out of Town (Porter) 2:08
CD 1 - Tracks 1-12, from the album
Mavis (Reprise R9-2002)
CD 1 - Tracks 13-18 & CD 2 tracks 1-5
from the album Swing Along with Mavis
CD 2 - Tracks 6 & 9, from the single R-20.051
CD 2 - Tracks 7 & 8, from the single R-20.011
CD 2 - Tracks 10-21, from the album
Mavis Meets Shorty (Reprise R9-6074)
Personnel & recording dates:
Mavis Rivers, sings in all tracks accompanied by
Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Marty Paich
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Jan. 25,26,30, 1961
"Swing Along with Mavis"
Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Van Alexander
Radio Recorders, Hollywood, 1961
Reprise 45 rpm singles R-20.011 and R-20.051
Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Neal Hefti
"Mavis Meets Shorty"
Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Chuck Sagle
Featuring Shorty Rogers
See booklet for complete personnel details.
Original recordings produced by William H. Stewart & Chuck Sagle
Original art design & photos by Phil Stern, George Jerman & Merle Shore
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"Samoan born Mavis Rivers (1929-1992) came on like a whirlwind in 1959 and all through 1961-2 [...] Even better from a jazz point of view is disc 2 with Mavis singing on the first 12 tracks with Marty Paichs orchestra and sterling solos from Jack Sheldon and Bud Shank. These discs deserve an extra half star on the rating. Theres No You is a poignant vocal reading with a rich orchestral backing featuring Sheldon and some tasty French horn and tuba interjections. The next 11 pieces are also with a top jazz outfit conducted by Van Alexander and featuring soloists of the calibre of trumpeter Conrad Gozzo and saxophonist Ted Nash. Mavis was never quite sure that she was a jazz singer or indeed if such an animal existed but these songs will satisfy most jazzers. Sinatra rated her very highly and signed her to his new Reprise label where all of the music on discs 3 & 4 comes from.
The final 12 on disc 4 feature Chuck Sagles jazzmen-laden orchestra with Shorty Rogers as featured soloist. She swings I Remember You in true jazz mode with Shortys flugel providing extra jazz ballast. You Brought A New Kind Of Love is another top-drawer swinger with both Mavis and Shorty at their considerable best, the vocalist adding scat to her interpretation. The late 1950s and early 60s were a golden age for jazz vocalists, most of them female and Mavis Rivers was one of the best. This double CD set from Fresh Sound are indispensible to anybody who loves good jazz vocal albums."
Derek Ansell -January, 2014
"Mavis Rivers had a casual, amiable approachthough her delivery was glossier and swinging. Rivers' marble-smooth tone was seductive and her held notes shimmered with a slight vibrato. But she resisted belting songs, coolly sending up songs with hip phrasing. In all fairness to Southern, Rivers recorded at the tail end of the 1950s and the start of the 1960s, when the jazz-pop idiom had been perfected, resulting in crackerjack 12-inch LPs.
Rivers had A-list arrangers like Jack Marshall, Dick Reynolds, Nelson Riddle, Marty Paich, Neil Hefti, Van Alexander and Chuck Sagle. Most of her song choices were upbeat, and her phrasing on up-tempo tunes borrowed ever-so-slightly from Ella Fitzgerald's round, friendly conversational style. Rivers was truly one of the finest least-known singers of the era."
Marc Myers -October 1, 2013
"La de Mavis Rivers (1929 - 1992) es la historia de una joven que creció a la sombra de Ella Fitzgerald. Nacida en Samoa, acabó instalándose en Los Ángeles, donde desarrollaría una carrera que la llevó a firmar con Capitol un contrato en 1958. Durante los dos años siguientes grabó un total de tres álbumes con, entre otros, el prestigioso director de orquesta Nelson Riddle, aunque tal vez sea el último de esta época, The simple life, en el que brilla con una especial intensidad al lado del sexteto que la acompañaba. Frank Sinatra reparó en ella y se la llevó a Reprise, donde dio de sí otros tantos LP y singles al lado de Marty Paich o Chuck Sagle. De todos ellos nos quedamos con el que grabó con Shorty Rogers. Algo más que una émula de Ella."
Rafa Martínez (12 de Marzo, 2014)
Cultura(s) / La Vanguardia