Hot Java Jazz
1997: PolyGram/Starbucks DPSM 5193
Ella Fitzgerald (1956)
Christian McBride (1994)
Donald Byrd (1964)
Nina Simone (1987)
Antonio Carlos Jobim (1963)
Steve Turre (1995)
Oscar Peterson (1959)
Wes Montgomery (1965)
Billie Holiday (1957)
Bud Powell (1955)
Mark Whitfield (1995)
Dinah Washington with Brook Benton (1959)
I like the mixture of 1950s and 1980s/90s tracks here, to my own surprise, but then it was done so much more sensitively than was the inclusion of one disruptively non-contemporaneous track at the end of the Starbucks Blue Note Blend compilation.
It doesnt hurt that the selections are mostly brilliant and feature dazzling performances such as Oscar Petersons on Love for Sale and the eventually hilarious interplay of Dinah Washington and Brook Benton on Baby, Youve Got What It Takes.
However, I wish Starbucks would go back to making great coffee and quit with all the CD and film stuff. In hindsight I suppose it was when they started putting out compilations like this that I should have stopped being a Starbucks customer, rather than waiting until even after theyd switched over to <shudder> push-button espresso, but old habits die hard and besides the crew at the 1st & Yesler (Seattle) Starbucks have been so great it was hard to let that go.
Comments © 2006 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.