Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz

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Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz
Studio album by Stephanie Nakasian
Released July 18, 2006
Recorded September 9-10, 2004
Red Rock Recording Studio
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Genre Jazz
Length66:47
Label V.S.O.P. Records
Producer Stephanie Nakasian
Stephanie Nakasian chronology
Lullaby in Rhythm: In Tribute to June Christy
(2002)
Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz
(2006)
I Love You
(2006)
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Thrush Hour: A Study of the Great Ladies of Jazz is Stephanie Nakasian's sixth album as leader. It was released in 2006.

Stephanie Nakasian is an American jazz vocalist and voice teacher.

Contents

The album features Nakasian paying tribute to twenty of jazz's great female singers. Nakasian's intention, as stated in the liner notes, is to emulate and mimic their styles and inflections in order to bring a sense of authenticity back to vocal jazz.

The extensive liner notes include a short biography of each singer as well as Nakasian's description of how she endeavors to achieve their unique sound.

All of the arrangements were taken from the originals and prepared by Nakasian and Hod O'Brien.

Walter Howard "Hod" O'Brien was an American jazz pianist.

Track listing

#TitleEmulatingWritersTime
1."A Good Man is Hard to Find" Bessie Smith Eddie Green3:43
2."Guess Who's In Town" Ethel Waters James P. Johnson, Andy Razaf 2:48
3."Rockin' Chair" Mildred Bailey Hoagy Carmichael 3:32
4."A Hundred Years from Today" Lee Wiley Victor Young, Ned Washington, Joe Young 3:46
5."It Don't Mean A Thing" Ivie Anderson Duke Ellington, Irving Mills 3:06
6."Lullaby of the Leaves" Connee Boswell Bernice Petkere, Joe Young3:35
7."Goody Goody" Helen Ward Matty Malneck, Johnny Mercer 2:24
8."All of Me" Billie Holiday Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons 2:44
9."What is This Thing Called Love?" Anita O'Day Cole Porter 2:40
10."Moments Like This" Peggy Lee Frank Loesser, Burton Lane 3:35
11."Take the 'A' Train" Betty Roche Billy Strayhorn 2:40
12."Million Dollar Secret" Helen Humes Helen Humes, Jules Taub3:52
13."Day Dream" Sarah Vaughan Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, John Latouche 4:42
14."I Cried For You" Carmen McRae Arthur Freed, Gus Arnheim, Abe Lyman 2:20
15."Maybe" Lena Horne Billy Strayhorn2:50
16."Too Late Now" Shirley Horn Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane4:28
17."Peel Me A Grape" Blossom Dearie Dave Frishberg 2:38
18."Blue Gardenia" Dinah Washington Bob Russell, Lester Lee4:41
19."Street of Dreams" Abbey Lincoln Sam M. Lewis, Victor Young 3:58
20."All That Jazz" Ella Fitzgerald Benny Carter, Al Stillman 3:22

Personnel

Performers

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Jay Randall Sandke is a jazz trumpeter and guitarist.

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