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)
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