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June Christy & Stan Kenton: The Collection 1945-55 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)June Christy & Stan Kenton: The Collection 1945-55 (CD: Acrobat, 2 CDs)
June Christy was one of elite coterie of singers during the post-war decade who readily spanned the big band, cool jazz, and sophisticated pop genres, becoming one of the most popular and admired female vocalists of the era, outshone only by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. Having sung with Boyd Raeburn's band in the early 1940s, she took over from Anita O'Day with Stan Kenton's ground-breaking orchestra in 1945, and over the next five years was named by Down Beat magazine as the "best female vocalist with a big band" in 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1950.

Christy appeared as guest vocalist on a number of Kenton's albums including Artistry in Rhythm (1946), Encores (1947), Innovations in Modern Music (1950) and Stan Kenton Presents (1950). Known for her silky-smooth vocals, this 49-track 2CD set comprises a significant proportion of the studio and 'live' recordings she made with Kenton's orchestra through until 1950, by which time she had embarked on a successful solo career, and also includes some of the duet recordings she did with Kenton accompanying her on piano in 1955. It includes their 1945 No.2 hit with Tampico along with the Top 10 hits It's Been A Long Long Time and Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy and five other Billboard chart entries. It's a substantial overview of her work with Stan Kenton, and a great showcase for her distinctive talent. (Acrobat Music) 

Price:  £12.99 

June Christy: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)
AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic Album series with a re-mastered 2CD release from June Christy, complete with original artwork, liner notes and personnel details. "Something Cool"; "Misty Miss Christy"; "Gone For The Day" and "Ballads For Night People'".

Shirley Luster, Sharon Leslie and finally using the name that would bring her world-wide renown, June Christy, began her singing career at age just thirteen when she joined the local Illinois orchestra of Bill Oetzel. In 1945 after hearing that Anita O'Day would be leaving the Stan Kenton Orchestra she auditioned and successfully got the gig that would lead her to jazz stardom. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s she played, toured and recorded with the Kenton orchestra and it was while she was still with the outfit that she began her solo recording career. The high regard she was held in can be seen by the incredible line up of jazz musicians who are featured on our four fine selections. The first three are arranged and conducted by her long-time collaborator, the mighty Pete Rugolo (AMSC1176) and the fourth "Ballads For Night People" by her husband Bob Cooper (AMSC1180) who is also heard playing tenor sax and clarinet. Perhaps not surprisingly after her classic album "Something Cool" became a great success, June Christy became known as the singer from the "cool school" which was taking hold on the U.S. West Coast. Musicians you will hear on our selections include the following... Pete Rugolo, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Conte Candoli, Russ Freeman, Shelly Manne, Buddy Collette, Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, John Graas, Red Callender, Stan Levey and Mel Lewis. (AVID Entertainment) 

Price:  £8.99 

June Christy: Four Classic Albums (CD: AVID, 2 CDs)

June Christy: Cool Christy (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)June Christy: Cool Christy (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)
This 49 track survey of June Christy’s career concentrates on two early phases, her first stint with Kenton and her early solo sides, on which we meet a singer who tried many things and took numerous chances on her way to become one of the great jazz voices of the mid-20th century. She is accompanied by the cream of the 1940’s jazz scene including the likes of Shelly Manne, Barney Kessel, Kai Winding, Art Pepper and of course Kenton himself. (Proper Records) 

Price:  £9.99 

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