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Old 09-28-19, 05:18 AM
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Music The Standards AKA Great American Songbook

Its about melody, harmony, rhythm and then the lyrics.

Then there are the jazz singers who can take that song and make it their own.

I was thinking about Leon Russell and "A Song For You", "This Masquerade"

A few jazz singers did these, and maybe more. Still searching.
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It would be interesting to see what the standards are in 50 years.
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A Song For You: Natalie Cole


This Masquerade: George Benson

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How about the classic "The Nearness of You" by Jo Stafford from way back in the day.... Wow, what a voice!

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My favorite of what would be considered an american classic


I like the Andy Williams cover too

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i go back further than leon for the great american songbooks





and newer voices

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Another side of Jo Stafford:

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Alfie by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

Nancy Wilson version


Vanessa Rubin version


Stevie Wonder version

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Not quite sure this counts...


Does it fit your "Great American Songbook?"
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Ray Charles... Georgia

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I'm not sure exactly what standards apply to make something a standard in this thread. But, it seems like anything goes so far, and I like this, and it fits on some levels...

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I was thinking more along the lines of Tom Waits or Rickie Lee Jones versions of these songs.
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the person who just came into my office as i was listening to the above said she thought this one should be included ...i agree
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First thing I thought of for this thread is my Sarah Vaughan Best Of CD, and my favorite song on it is All or Nothing at All


The way she just sneaks in at the beginning just gets me. And the minimalist backing allows her vocal control at low volume to be front and center.

I can't really get behind Billie Holiday, when Vaughan, Fitzgerald and Washington are just so superior in technique and still full of pathos
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'It's a wonderful world' , the 'standard' would be Louis Armstrong of course, but maybe some of yins have some other favorites

Also I thought Natalie Cole's posthumous duet with daddy on Unforgettable was, well, Unforgettable

Baby it's cold outside
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The Days of Wine And Roses by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer 1962

First sung by Andy Williams

But the Tony Bennett & Bill Evans release is what I consider one of the best, better than the Andy Williams version.

Recent Bennett releases with him and other singers are "too late". His voice isn't the same for understandable reasons.

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Originally Posted by jon c. View Post
It would be interesting to see what the standards are in 50 years.
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I was thinking more along the lines of Tom Waits or Rickie Lee Jones versions of these songs.
I was thinking more along the lines of what American songs of the 2nd half of the 20th century would or could make it into a songbook like that, and I have a couple of Tom Waits songs in mind that would hold up in different versions or genres. But I don't want to go off topic.
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When I hear 'Standards' I think Jazz, but when I hear 'Great American Songbook' I think Broadway (and Film) Musicals -- anybody else?

Somewhere in my Youth or Childhood -- Sound of Music
Shall we Dance -- King & I
Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Wizard of Oz
Que Sera Sera -- Man who knew too much

etc
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When I hear 'Standards' I think Jazz, but when I hear 'Great American Songbook' I think Broadway (and Film) Musicals -- anybody else?

Somewhere in my Youth or Childhood -- Sound of Music
Shall we Dance -- King & I
Somewhere Over the Rainbow -- Wizard of Oz
Que Sera Sera -- Man who knew too much

etc
The Book: American Popular Song, 1900-1950 The Great Innovators, by Alec Wilder

This book discusses both Broadway, and Popular Song by the various composers/lyricists
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Beyond The Sea

Bobby Darin, George Benson, Rod Stewart


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New York State of Mind, by Billy Joel

Mel Torme

'Round Midnight (A Capella Group) The link is to their web site. Just scroll down and select this song.

Leon Russell


www.RoundMidnightQuartet.com

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