Jazz, Early R&B, Big Band, Swing, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Fusion, World Fusion, Post-Bop, Jazz-Pop, Funk, Latin Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Bop, Bossa Nova, Avant-Garde Jazz, Brazilian Traditions

Album Review

Although one does not think of the 1950's and 60's as a period when jazz had a lot of "hits," occasionally a fluke recording would make the charts and catch on. 19 fairly popular cuts (although not "Take Five" or "Hello Dolly") from the 1949-67 period (all but the first two are from 1959-67) are included on this Rhino CD collection in their '45' single versions which were often expertly edited to be briefer than their LP counterpart. Such artists as James Moody (a version of "I'm In The Mood For Love" that was the basis for "Moody's Mood For Love"), Count Basie, Charles Mingus, the Jazztet ("Killer Joe"), Gene Ammons, John Coltrane (a greatly truncated version of "My Favorite Things"), Eddie Harris ("Exodus"), Herbie Mann, Stan Getz ("Desafinado"), Jimmy Smith, Hank Crawford, Vince Guaraldi ("Cast Your Fate To The Wind"), Jimmy McGriff, Mongo Santamaria, Donald Byrd, Horace Silver, Ramsey Lewis, Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") and Wes Montgomery are all represented in this interesting sampler.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'm in the Mood for Love
  2. April in Paris
  3. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, Pt. 1
  4. Killer Joe
  5. Hittin' the Jug
  6. My Favorite Things, Pt. 1
  7. Exodus
  8. Comin' Home Baby
  9. Desafinado
  10. Walk on the Wild Side, Pt. 1
  11. Don't Cry Baby
  12. Cast Your Fate to the Wind
  13. All About My Girl
  14. Watermelon Man
  15. Cristo Redentor
  16. Song for My Father, Pt. 1
  17. The "In" Crowd
  18. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  19. Windy