‘There’s such a deep emotionality to those lyrics, especially after the year we’ve all been through.’
The best McCoy Tyner albums reveal a questing musician who took what he learned from John Coltrane and channeled it into his own art.
‘Getz/Gilberto’ is now a jazz classic, but when it was recorded no one expected it to become one of the best selling jazz albums of all time.
In March 1957, Ella Fitzgerald was riding high on the charts at No.11 with Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers & Hart Songbook.
The record helped Verve to become the quintessential jazz label of the 1950s.
The album captures the joy of music-making that Alexander shares with fellow trio members, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Kendrick Scott.
Recorded on 28 January 1946, ‘Jazz At The Philharmonic Volume II’ captured the historic concert featuring Charlie Parker, Lester Young and other jazz titans.
On 25 January 1956, Ella Fitzgerald recorded for Verve Records for the very first time. It was the beginning of a resurgence in the singer's career.
The set, featuring such pianists as Ellis Larkins, Paul Smith and Oscar Peterson, will be released by Verve Records/UMe on 13 March.
Recorded on 13 January 1956 at New York City’s Fine Sound Studios, 'Pres and Teddy' is a joy.
Recorded in 1959, Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George and Ira Gershwin Song Book is one of the greatest vocal performances of the 20th century.
On 30 December 1957, Ricky rounded off a spectacular year with yet another chart entry and another of his most famous songs, 'Stood Up.'
Endlessly underrated, Hardin wrote some of the most beautiful and enduring songs of his day, including the endlessly-covered 'If I Were A Carpenter' and 'Reason To Believe.'
Californian upright bass player, vocalist and composer Miles Mosley has returned with the funky track Brother, ahead of a full album on Verve in 2020.
One of jazz’s greatest ever singers, Anita O’Day revolutionised what it meant to be a female vocalist in a male-dominated world.
Louis Armstrong is at his best on a group of solid standards, while Oscar Peterson provides fresh tasteful backing.