Sounds of Summer, released by Concord Records, is their Jazz Moods series celebrating the summer its warmth and cheer with a compilation of cool and up-beat numbers from various artists which make for easy listening and pleasure. From the playful YouAreMySunshine by the Gene Harris-Scott Hamilton Quintet to the soothing TheSummerKnows by Frank Wess and Frank Foster to the perky rendition and vocals in classic OnThe SunnySideofTheStreet by Ernestine Anderson and George Shearing, you won’t be disappointed. Nice surprises come from versatile Joe Beck on his dreamy Estate and Kenny Barron’s evocative Sunshower, a nine minute piano portraiture of summertime. Overall, there are 11 tracks with 11 different artists which clocks in at just under 59 minutes. If the sweltering heat has got your goat, put this disc on for a spin and bring that smile back.
Artist / Group Name:Various Artists
CD Title:Sounds of Summer
Reissue Original Release:1982
Record Label:Concord Records
Tracks:You Are My Sunshine, The Summer Wind, On The Sunny Side of The Street, The Summer Knows, Summer Night, Heat Wave, Estate, Hot Barbecue, Too Darn Hot, Summertime and Sunshower
Musicians:Gene Harris (piano), Scott Hamilton (saxophone), Monty Alexander (piano), George Shearing (piano), Frank Foster (flute), Frank Wess (saxophone), Alan Broadbent (piano), Cal Tjader (vibraharp), Carmen McRae (vocals), Jimmy Bruno (guitar), Joe Beck (guitar), Jack McDuff (Hammond B-3), Mel Torme (vocals), Ray Brown (bass) and Kenny Barron (piano).