This CD contains June Christy´s LP "June´s Got Rhythm" in it´s entirety, plus several complete bonus sessions, including all of the vocalist´s tracks from the album "Do-Re-Mi", the two dates without strings from "Those Kenton Days", and two tracks originally issued as singles.
The edition closes with Christy´s reading of -Willow Wep for me, from "Those Kenton Days" session with strings. All of this music features the most outstanding instrumentalists of the West Coast jazz scene.
01. ROCK ME TO SLEEP (2:22)
02. THE GYPSY IN MY SOUL (3:16)
03. IM GLAD THERE IS YOU (2:40)
04. THEY CANT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME (2:43)
05. IT DONT MEAN A THING (IF IT AINT GOT THAT SWING) (1:54)
06. MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE (2:46)
07. WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW (2:56)
08. I CAN MAKE YOU LOVE ME (IF YOU LET ME) (3:33)
09. EASY LIVING (4:16)
10. BLUE MOON (3:14)
11. ALL GODS CHILLUN GOT RHYTHM (2:14)
12. CRY LIKE THE WIND (2:38) (*) Bonus Track
13. MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY (3:38)
14. ALL YOU NEED IS A QUARTER (3:28) (*) Bonus Track
15. I KNOW ABOUT LOVE (3:00)
16. ASKING FOR YOU (2:34) (*) Bonus Track
17. JUST A-SITTIN AND A-ROCKIN (2:53) (*) Bonus Track
18. SHES FUNNY THAT WAY (3:45) (*) Bonus Track
19. HOW HIGH THE MOON (2:34) (*) Bonus Track
20. EASY STREET (4:18) (*) Bonus Track
21. ACROSS THE ALLEY FROM THE ALAMO (2:17) (*) Bonus Track
22. ITS A PITY TO SAY GOODNIGHT (1:59) (*) Bonus Track
23. A HUNDRED YEARS FROM TODAY (4:15) (*) Bonus Track
24. YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME (2:29) (*) Bonus Track
25. INTRIGUE (2:19) (*) Bonus Track
26. WILLOW WEEP FOR ME (3:16) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 77:30 min.
Tracks #1-11 from "June's Got Rhythm" (Capitol ST-1076).
Tracks #12-16 taken from the album "Do-Re-MI" (Capitol ST-1586).
Tracks #17-23 & 26 taken from "June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days" (Capitol ST-1202).
Tracks #24-25 were originally issued as Capitol singles.
Personnel on #1-11: June Christy (vcl), Ed Leddy (tp), Bud Shank (fl, as & ts), Bob Cooper ( ts, oboe, arr), Frank Rosolino (tb), Russ Freeman (p), Laurindo Almeida (g), Monty Budwig (b) and Shelly Manne or Mel Lewis (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, June & July, 1958.
Personnel on #12-16: June Christy (vcl), Joe Gordon (tp), Vince DeRosa (frh), Bud Shank (as, fl), Bob Cooper (ts, b-cl), Buddy Collette (ts, bs, b-cl), Al Viola (g), Monty Budwig (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, February, 1961.
Personnel on #17-23, 26: June Christy (vcl) with the Pete Rugolo Orchestra featuring Buddy Childers (tp), Frank Roslino (tb), Bud Shank (fl, as), Bob Cooper, Dave Pell (ts), Russ Freeman (p), Jim Hall (g), Joe Mondragon (b) and Shelly Manne (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, January 1959.
Personnel on #24-25: June Christy (vcl) with Maynard Ferguson, Pete Candoli (tp), Herbie Harper (tb), Bud Shank (as, fl), Bob Cooper (ts), Benny Aronov (p), Howard Roberts (g), Joe Mondragon (b) and Alvin Stoller (d). Recorded in Los Angeles, May 1956.
"An album like this demands the really top men. I was fortunate [on Junes Got Rhythm] to be surrounded by musicians more than able to hold up their parts..."
-June's Got Rhythm
"Many of singer June Christy's popular Capitol albums feature her cool-toned vocals backed by an orchestra. This recording is an exception. Christy excels on a jazz-oriented set with a nonet that includes trumpeter Ed Leddy, trombonist Frank Rosolino and her husband Bob Cooper (who arranged the set) on tenor and oboe. Christy accurately called this music "intimate swing." Her versions of such songs as "I'm Glad There Is You," "My One and Only Love," "When Lights Are Low" and "Blue Moon" are tasteful, sincere and often quite memorable."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
"A fascinating interpretation of the little-known 1960 Broadway musical by Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, "Do-Me-Ri" represents another creative detour for June Christy. Half of the record comprises an instrumental set led by her husband, tenorist Bob Cooper, and features West Coast giants Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, and Conte Candoli. The songs are lightweight but appealing, affording Christy the opportunity to cut loose and have some fun. Her trademark intelligence and sophistication nevertheless remain intact, stripping tunes like "I Know About Love" and "Make Someone Happy" of their over-the-top theatrics to focus squarely on their emotional underpinnings. Cooper's half is no less impressive, adding depth and panache to Styne's featherweight melodies."
Jason Ankeny -All Music Guide
-June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days
"During a near-decade-long run, June Christy's soaring and bright vocals proved to be ideal for the Stan Kenton band's modern and idiosyncratic jazz charts. Thanks to Pete Rugolo and Bob Cooper's increasingly tailor-made arrangements, Christy soon became the star attraction of the group and eventually cashed in on her own with a string of fine solo LPs. Released after her classic Something Cool and The Misty Miss Christy albums, this ten-song solo collection is comprised of updated Christy-Kenton favorites like "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin," "Across the Alley from the Alamo," and "The Lonesome Road." Nearly matching his stellar work on many earlier Christy albums, Rugolo handles the charts and conducts a large group of Kenton veterans like Cooper, drummer Shelly Manne, and trombonists Milt Bernhardt and Frank Rosolino. Other jazz luminaries such as guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Red Callender, trumpeter Russ Freeman, and saxophonist Paul Horn round out the band. "June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days" might not rate with "Something Cool" or "The Misty Miss Christy" as a first-disc choice, but it is still a must for serious June Christy fans."
Stephen Cook -All Music Guide