Art Hazard said:
I have on vinyl Paul Desmond with strings.
"Desmond Blue". the CD version contains quite a bit more than the LP, including 3 takes of Autumn Leaves, each one quite different from the other.
One of my favorite versions of "I've Got You Under My Skin" is on this one.
Ben Webster "Music For Loving" is a double CD that also has the only album
recorded under Harry Carney's name, also with strings. This one is a MUST
for fans of the Ellington reedmen.
Johnny Hodges did one with the Lawrence Welk band (I have it, and while it's
short, it's Hodges, hence, beautiful) and another with the a string section
called "Plays the Prettiest Gershwin" which I've been unable to obtain.
Benny Carter did "Alone Together". I've heard clips from it, it sounds great
(Benny Carter, so what do you expect?) but I can't find a copy.
Getz did a few, Focus, Cool Velvet/Voices, and more I think. Not my favorite
Getz. Focus adventurous? Maybe, but I don't find it an enjoyable listen.
Art Pepper, Winter Moon. I thought I'd like it more than I did. I have over 25
Art Pepper albums, and that one just isn't one of my favorites. It's not a
late vs early Pepper thing either, I love his live stuff in Japan, and the duets
with George Cable. Not unpleasant, like Focus, just not up to the high
standards I expected from a Pepper ballads album.
Bird with Strings is incredible. I wish Bird had lived longer and done a few
more standards sets with different backings. A lot of people have put down
this set, but I find it thrilling. On the CD version I have, the first tune is
"Just Friends", and Bird's intro to that tune makes my hair stand on end. Wow!
Cannonball did two strings albums, now released as one. Anything from Cannonball is good.
Italian prodigy Francesco Cafiso did a tribute to the "Bird With Strings" album that mostly redoes it. I really like Cafiso, totally dig his New York Quartet album, but I don't know I'd say this project was a good idea. Hard to
compare with the original!
Marty Nau did a strings album. It's good.
Lee Konitz did a tribute to Billy Holiday "Strings For Holiday". I'm not much of
a Konitz fan, and this one didn't do much to change that.
Phil Woods has a few string albums, including "The Thrill is Gone". Woods is always quite good.
Greg Osby did one too, called "Balance Of Light". If you like Osby, check it out.
Michael Hashim has an album of Kurt Weill with a string quartet backing.
It's probably good, I like his other albums.
I think it's time for Frank Morgan to put out a strings album.