Personnel: Nancy Wilson (vocals); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Pete Condoli, Frank Beach, Conrad Gozzo (trumpet); George Roberts, Si Zentner (trombone); Justin Gordon (flute); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Milt Raskin (piano, celeste); Jack Marshall (guitar); Joe Comfort (bass); Shelly Manne (drums).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California in May 1960. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
Personnel: Nancy Wilson (vocals); Nancy Jo Wilson (vocals); Jack Marshall (guitar); Justin Gordon (flute); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo , Frank Beach, Pete Candoli (trumpet); George Roberts , Murray McEachern, Si Zentner, Tommy Pederson (trombone); Milt Raskin (piano, celesta); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Shelly Manne (drums).
Audio Remixer: Ron McMaster.
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA (1960).
Arranger: Billy May.
Nancy Wilson was only 23 years old when this superb album was recorded, yet her soulful, distinctive alto voice sounds as seasoned and sensitive to nuance as a singer twice her age. Overshadowed by the simultaneous release of THE SWINGIN'S MUTUAL (one of Wilson's most popular jazz recordings), and overlooked in her subsequent move to the pop and R&B markets, SOMETHING WONDERFUL is a quintessential slice of Wilson's early--and arguably most significant--work.
There is a laid-back, subtle swing to the orchestral work here (courtesy of celebrated big-band arranger Billy May), and Wilson's readings of the tunes are never overpowered by bombastic playing. Even better is the inclusion of several small-ensemble cuts--like the gently grooving "I Wish You Love," and the heartbreaking story-song "Guess Who I Saw Today"--which feature Ben Webster on tenor and Jack Marshall on guitar. Through all of this, of course, Wilson's charming, seemingly off-handed delivery and blues-steeped timbre make each tune float and shimmy with grace.