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Michael Feinstein - Livingston & Evans Songbook

1-08-2015, 05:43
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Michael Feinstein - Livingston & Evans Songbook

Artist: Michael Feinstein
Title Of Album: Livingston & Evans Songbook
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: Concord Records, Inc.
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 74:37 min
Total Size: 172 MB
WebSite: Amazon

01. You're So Right For Me
02. Mona Lisa
03. What Fools These Mortals Be
04. Buttons and Bows
05. The Late Scene
06. Bonanza / Mr. Ed
07. All the Time
08. How Much Will I Love You
09. His Own Little Island
10. Silver Bells
11. Ya' Got Class
12. Never Let Me Go
13. Jubilie-Jubilo
14. Tammy
15. Through Children's Eyes
16. To Each His Own
17. Almost in Your Arms
18. Henriette
19. The Mating Season
20. Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
21. As I Love You
22. Anywhere But Here
23. Wish Me a Rainbow

There are major songwriters whose names are as well known as those of the singers of their songs, and there are others who are largely unknown, requiring a list of their biggest hits to bring their accomplishments into focus. The team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans fits into the latter category, probably because they wrote primarily for the movies rather than the Broadway stage and because their heyday occurred from the late '40s to the late '50s, instead of during the perceived golden age of the 1930s. So, here's the list: "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," "Mona Lisa," and "Buttons and Bows" were their Oscar-winners, and among their other hits were "Silver Bells," "Tammy," and "To Each His Own." All those songs are featured on Michael Feinstein's tribute album, the flagship release on his new Feinery imprint for Concord Records. The album was made very much with the support of Livingston and Evans.

Livingston (who died of pneumonia on October 17, 2001, at age 86) sings along and plays piano on several songs, and he and Evans submitted to an extensive interview printed in the CD booklet. The songwriters have also provided a number of lost songs from aborted projects that add considerably to their catalog. Writing on assignment, Livingston and Evans were versatile to a fault, such that it's hard to find a consistent style to their work. Feinstein imposes his own style, however, singing the ballads with his exaggerated smoothness and the novelty songs with appropriate sprightliness. On occasion, one wishes for more instrumentation and fuller arrangements to do justice to songs written with Hollywood orchestras in mind, but the intimacy of the songbook approach brings out the songwriters' craftsmanship well. Melissa Manchester's torchy performance of "Never Let Me Go" is a particular standout. ~ William Ruhlmann ~allmusic

Personnel: Michael Feinstein, Jay Livingston (vocals, piano); Melissa Manchester (vocals); Wayne Johnson (guitar); Warren Luening (trumpet); Shelly Markham, Page Cavanaugh (piano); Phil Mallory, Cliff Hugo (bass); Dave Tull (drums).

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