Original Soundtrack - Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story

Original Soundtrack - Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story
Release Date:
January 11, 2005
Recording Date:
January 17, 1938 - June 3, 1964
Standards, Mainstream Jazz, Vocal Jazz, American Popular Song
Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story

At first glance, a CD of jazz tracks handpicked by comedian/actor Billy Crystal may seem an odd bird. However, given that Crystal's uncle, Commodore Records founder Milt Gabler, produced most of the cuts included here, it actually makes more sense than many similar-themed albums with tracks picked by musicians. Thanks to the family connection, Crystal grew up surrounded by famous jazz musicians and developed a life long passion for the music. Included here are such iconic tracks as Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," Lionel Hampton's "Flying Home," Louis Jordan's "Choo Choo Ch' Boogie," and others. While many of these tracks are available on other compilations, given the importance of Gabler to the developement and documentation of jazz, Billy Crystal Presents: The Milt Gabler Story works as a heartfelt and swinging tribute to a man and the music he loved.

Love Is Just Around the Corner / Lewis Gensler / Leo RobinEddie Condon & His Windy City 7 / Eddie Condon3:04
Them There Eyes / Maceo Pinkard / Doris Tauber / William TraceyKansas City Six3:00
Strange Fruit / L. AllenBillie Holiday3:12
Fine and Mellow / Billie HolidayBillie Holiday3:17
That's a Plenty / Ray Gilbert / Lew PollackWild Bill Davison & His Commodores / Wild Bill Davison4:17
Flying Home / Benny Goodman / Lionel HamptonLionel Hampton & His Orchestra3:10
You'll Never Know / Mack Gordon / Harry WarrenDick Haymes / Dick Haymes & the Song Spinners / The Song Spinners2:45
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) / Jimmy Davis / Roger "Ram" Ramirez / Jimmy ShermanBillie Holiday3:17
Rum and Coca-Cola / Morey Amsterdam / Paul Baron / Jeri SullivanThe Andrews Sisters3:10
MacNamara's Band / Guy Bonham / Wamp Carlson / Dwight Latham / John J. StamfordBing Crosby / Bing Crosby And The Jesters / Jesters2:42
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie / Denver Darling / Milt Gabler / Vaughn HortonLouis Jordan & His Tympany 52:43
Oh, Lady, Be Good! / George Gershwin / Ira GershwinElla Fitzgerald3:08
How High the Moon / Nancy Hamilton / Morgan LewisElla Fitzgerald3:15
Blueberry Hill / Vincent Rose / Larry StockLouis Armstrong2:53
Goodnight Irene / Lead Belly / John A. LomaxThe Weavers3:21
Dream a Little Dream of Me / Fabian André / Gus Kahn / Wilbur SchwandtLouis Armstrong / Ella Fitzgerald3:06
Lover / Lorenz Hart / Richard RodgersPeggy Lee3:21
The Glow-Worm / Paul Lincke / Johnny Mercer / Lilla C. RobinsonThe Mills Brothers2:41
It Takes Two to Tango / Al Hoffman / Dick ManningPearl Bailey2:58
Little Things Mean a Lot / Edith Lindeman / Carl StutzKitty Kallen3:00
Three Coins in the Fountain / Sammy Cahn / Jule StyneThe Four Aces3:01
(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock / Jimmy DeKnight / Max FreedmanBill Haley & His Comets / Bill Haley2:10
Hey There / Richard Adler / Jerry RossSammy Davis, Jr.2:48
You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You / James Cavanaugh / Russ Morgan / Larry StockRoberta Sherwood2:41
Danke Schoen / Milt Gabler / Bert Kaempfert / Kurt SchwabachWayne Newton2:35
L-O-V-E / Milt Gabler / Bert KaempfertNat King Cole2:31

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