Various Artists: Pure Jazz Encore (2001)
Continuing the comprehensive education introduced with Pure Jazz, Verve Records has taken another dip into the cream of their collections for this broad and widely popular second helping. Opening with Nina Simone's haunting and somewhat ironic "Feeling Good," the album also vocalizes through the ages from Billie Holiday ("I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm") to Diana Krall ("Let’s Face the Music and Dance"). Instrumentals include Duke and Coltrane’s "Sentimental Mood" and "Killer Joe" by The Jazztet (featuring Benny Golson and Art Farmer). From the "straight" jazz of Bird’s "Comfirmation" and George Shearing’s poppy "Lullabye of Birdland" to the more pop-oriented (and perhaps less authentic) "Linus and Lucy Theme" from Vince Guiraldi and even "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" by teen idol Bobby Darin, Pure Jazz Encore casts a wide net, drawing in music fans of diverse and divergent ages and backgrounds into the broad legacy that is (or, some may argue, is not) jazz.
Track Listing: 1. Feeling Good - Nina Simone 2. Killer Joe - The Jazztet 3. Every Day I Have the Blues - Count Basie 4. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday 5. In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane 6. Let's Face the Music and Dance - Diana Krall 7. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - Nat King Cole 8. Linus and Lucy 9. "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis 10. Ain't Nobody Here but Us Chickens 11. Sweet Georgia Brown - Django Reinhardt 12. Hello, Dolly! - Louis Armstrong 13. I Feel Pretty - Sarah Vaughan 14. Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin 15. Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 16. Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing 17. Confirmation - Charlie Parker 18. Someone to Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald 19. My One and Only Love - John Coltrane