This exceptional recording features such legendary jazz artists as Cannonball Adderley with Bill Evans, Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Anita O Day, Billie Holiday, The Nat King Cole Trio and many other wonderful artists singing some of your favorite songs. Most of the songs were recorded in the 1950s and as a result, 21st century technology (re-mixing and re-mastering) has benefited the original sound quality. My Baby Just Cares For Me sung by Nina Simone opens the program. Her instantly recognizable vocals and her piano playing are a sure reminder of what this inimitable singer brought to the jazz genre. Nat King Cole s trio follows with Deed I Do, a song that he sang during his early days as leader of the Trio. Among the stellar highlights on this great compilation, (and there are many), is the accompaniment of piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson to the legendary singer/trumpeter Louis Armstrong as they perform I Was Doing All Right. Armstrong s ability to tell a story in his charismatic voice and Peterson s delicate complements makes this pairing one that should be in your collection of great jazz duets. Billie Holiday delivers a sultry performance of Lover Come Back To Me to close the program. Overall, the new technology of this century paired with these golden age of jazz hits from the 1950s makes a great way to get introduced or reminded of what these legendary singers have brought to American jazz history. Putumayo Presents Jazz is highly recommended for educators and music supervisors who want a compilation of songs from the 1950s all on one disc.