It’s So Peaceful in the Country – recordings after 1960 (part 2)

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It’s So Peaceful in the Country (w.m. Alec Wilder) — copyright, 2 June 1941

City living is a pretty living
It’s so full of unexpected thrills
But there’s too much stone
Too much telephone
There’s too much of everything but trees and hills

From Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself: A Life of the Composer, by Desmond Stone, 1996, p. 69:

According to Wilder, It’s So Peaceful in the Country became a success almost in spite of itself: “That it was published and very nearly became a big hit came as a total surprise to me. For when I submitted it to the first, second and third publishers, they all wound up bewildered, saying the equivalent of ‘where’s the broad?’ You see, the countryside is the real love affair and the absence of the other kind nearly kept the song from being published.”

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Bob Brookmeyer Quartet — recorded in NYC on 29 June 1961; released on the 1961 album 7 x Wilder, Verve Records V-8413, V6-8413

session instrumentation:

  • Bob Brookmeyer –  valve trombone, piano
  • Jim Hall – guitar
  • Bill Crow – bass
  • Mel Lewis – drums

(The previous copy of the track included here had some very noticeable defects. I replaced it with another on 26 May 2018.)

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Betty Blake — from her 1961* LP Sings in a Tender Mood, Bethlehem Records BCP-6058

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Charlie Byrd — from the 1966 album Byrdland, Columbia Records CL 2592 (Mono), CS 9392 (Stereo)

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Bobby Hackett with Vic Dickenson — from the 1970 album Live at the Roosevelt Grill, Chiaroscuro CR 105; album tracks recorded at the Roosevelt Grill in New York City, April-May 1970

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Marian McPartland — originally released on her 1974 album Plays the Music of Alec Wilder, Halcyon Records HAL 109; album recorded on 20 & 21 June 1973 at Columbia Studios in NYC

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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral — recorded live in September 1976 at Howard Rumsey’s Concerts by the Sea in Redondo Beach, California; released in 2007 on the album Echoes — album personnel: Jackie Cain – vocals, Roy Kral – piano, vocals, Brian Atkinson – vibes, John Mosher – bass, Gary Nash – drums

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Roland Hanna — from the 1980 LP Plays the Music of Alec Wilder, Inner City Records IC 1072

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Meredith D’Ambrosio – from her 1981 album Another Time, (US) Shiah Records SR-109, (France) Sunnyside Records SSC 1017 — full digital album: sunnyside.com

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Joe Derise — from the 1981 LP House of Flowers, Audiophile AP-153

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Eileen Farrell — from the 1990 album Sings Alec Wilder, Reference Recordings RR-36

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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral — released on the 1990 LP An Alec Wilder Collection, Audiophile Records ACD-257; album recorded 17-19 July 1990, according to AllMusic.com

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Rosemary Clooney — originally released on the 1996 CD album Dedicated to Nelson, Concord Jazz CCD-4685; album recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA, 27-30 September 1995

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Bill Charlap Trio — from the 1997 CD album All Through the Night, on Criss Cross Jazz Records

Bill Charlap – piano
Peter Washington – bass
Kenny Washington – drums

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John Sheridan’s Dream Band, featuring Rebecca Kilgore — from the 2005 album Easy as It Gets, Arbors Records 19309; album recorded at Nola Studios, New York, NY, 24-25 January 2005

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*I’ve gone with the date given by Discogs.com, though there is disagreement among discographers, catalogers, and retailers regarding the release date of the Betty Blake album Sings in a Tender Mood, Bethlehem Records BCP-6058, as follows:

1960 — AllMusic.com, iTunes
1961 — Discogs.com, Amazon
1962 — RateYourMusic.com, Standard Catalog of American Records by Dave Thompson (2016), p. 129

Some of these sites suggest that the tracks on the album were recorded in either 1960 or 1961. However, the Jazz Discography Project (jazzdisco.org) indicates that the recording session or sessions for each of the tracks released on the album took place in NYC in late 1958. I haven’t corroborated that date elsewhere. If I find that it is accurate, then I will move the Blake recording to part 1.

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