Highlights from Self Portrait [Bluebird Anthology]

Highlights from Self Portrait [Bluebird Anthology]

by Artie Shaw



Culled from a five-disc retrospective of Shaw's career, this tidy roundup features material from across the popular and critically acclaimed clarinetist and bandleader. And while 14 tracks is somewhat on the skimpy side, the collection will work well for Shaw newcomers in search of a well-balanced introduction. The set benefits greatly from sparkling sound and the artist's shrewd hand in picking out all the songs included for the box set. The bulk of the sampler includes tracks from Shaw's 1938-1945 big band prime, including "Nightmare," "Free Wheeling," "Frenesi," and a stunning strings-augmented version of his first big hit, "Begin the Beguine." The disc also features Billie Holiday's one-off vocal with him, "Any Old Time," and such later highlights from the '50s as a sumptuous reading of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" (Shaw is featured with a small combo) and the Gramercy Five cut "Scuttlebutt." Along with Hank Jones and Tal Farlow, who are heard on the Gramercy Five side, the collection features such swing royalty as Buddy Rich, George Auld, and Roy Eldridge. With quality like this, it's only a matter of time before Shaw newbies will want to head back to pick up all five discs.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2001
Label: Rca
UPC: 0090266384525
catalogNumber: 63845

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Artie Shaw   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Leader
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Max Kaminsky   Trumpet
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Buddy Rich   Drums
Charlie Spivak   Trumpet
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Lee Castle   Trumpet
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Jack Jenney   Trumpet
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Tony Pastor   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Potter   Bass
Joe Puma   Guitar
Bobby Sherwood   Guitar
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Si Zentner   Trombone
Herbie Steward   Tenor Saxophone
Cohn   Tenor Saxophone
George Arus   Trombone
Leonard Atkins   Viola
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Avola   Guitar
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone
Robert Barene   Violin
Bus Bassey   Tenor Saxophone
Cy Bernard   Cello
John Best   Trumpet
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Claude Bowen   Trumpet
Vernon Brown   Trombone
Burness   Piano
John Cave   French Horn
Paul Cohen   Trumpet
Porky Cohen   Trombone
Keith Collins   Viola
Charlie DiMaggio   Alto Saxophone
Gus Dixon   Trombone
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Nick Fatool   Drums
Mickey Folus   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Lou Fromm   Drums
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Allan Harshman   Viola
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Woodwind
Clyde Hurley   Trumpet
Jenkins   Trombone
Jerry Jerome   Tenor Saxophone
George Kast   Violin
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Irv Kluger   Drums
George Koenig   Alto Saxophone
Eugene Lamas   Violin
Harry Lawson   Woodwind
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Steve Lipkins   Trumpet
Dan Lube   Violin
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Ed McKinney   Bass
Randall Miller   Trombone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Ronnie Perry   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Petry   Tenor Saxophone
Neely Plumb   Alto Saxophone
Leonard Posner   Violin
Lou Prisby   Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin   Trumpet
Bill Rank   Trombone
Milt Raskin   Piano
Blake Reynolds   Alto Saxophone
Robinson   Alto Saxophone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Harry Rodgers   Trombone
Ralph Rosenlund   Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Sonny Russo   Trombone
George Schwartz   Trumpet
Frank Socolow   Alto Saxophone
Eddie Sodero   Cello
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Stacey   Tenor Saxophone
David Sterkin   Viola
Bob Swift   Trombone
Julius Tannenbaum   Cello
Rudy Tanza   Alto Saxophone
Dave Tough   Drums
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Jon Walton   Tenor Saxophone
Leo Watson   Vocals
George Wendt   Trumpet
Ollie Wilson   Trombone
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Freddie Zito   Trombone
Alex Beller   Violin
Irving Lipshultz   Cello
Tony Faso   Trumpet
Carl Maus   Drums
Sam Rosenblum   Viola
Jack Cathcart   Trumpet
Sam Freed   Violin
Fred Goerner   Cello
Chuck Peterson   Trumpet
Martin Ruderman   Flute
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman   Viola
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Dave Cracov   Violin
Joe Kretcher   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Morrow   Violin
Don Paladino   Trumpet
Mark Levant   Violin
Tommy Mace   Alto Saxophone
Dale Pierce   Trumpet
Malcolm Crain   Trumpet
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Alex Law   Violin
Joe Howard   Trombone
Sid Brokaw   Violin
Jud de Naut   Bass
Tom Dicarlo   Trumpet
Phil Nemoli   Oboe
Truman Boardman   Violin
Charles Coolidge   Trombone
Jack Ray   Viola
Babe Bowman   Trombone
Gil Barrios   Piano
Bill Brower   Violin
Vic Ford   Trumpet
Morris Kohn   Viola
Bernie Tinterow   Violin
Lesley Mitchell Clarke   Alto Saxophone
Bud Carlton   Alto Saxophone
Artie Baker   Baritone Saxophone
Jane Russell   Violin

Technical Credits

William Grant Still   Arranger
Artie Shaw   Arranger,Composer
Sonny Burke   Arranger
Dennis Ferrante   Engineer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Paul Jordan   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Arranger
Buster Harding   Arranger
Alberto Dominguez   Composer
Joshua Sherman   Executive Producer
John Bartee   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Manuel "Rojitas" Rojas   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer
John Carleton   Composer
Thomas Carleton   Composer

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