Fine Romance: A Dorothy Fields Songbook

Fine Romance: A Dorothy Fields Songbook

by K.T. Sullivan
     
 

Female, and not a few male, singers have long delighted in the witty, intimate lyrics of Dorothy Fields, who wrote primarily for Broadway and Hollywood from the 1920s to the 1970s, producing numerous standards. Since Fields was so good at writing songs about the war between the sexes (including her efforts for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film SwingSee more details below

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Female, and not a few male, singers have long delighted in the witty, intimate lyrics of Dorothy Fields, who wrote primarily for Broadway and Hollywood from the 1920s to the 1970s, producing numerous standards. Since Fields was so good at writing songs about the war between the sexes (including her efforts for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the film Swing Time), it is only appropriate that K.T. Sullivan awards co-billing to her piano accompanist Mark Nadler on this collection of Fields songs, not only duetting with him on several selections, but also letting him sing solo on four. Some of these songs are so familiar ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "On the Sunny Side of the Street") that they have to be reimagined to be made fresh, and Sullivan and Nadler have been bold in bringing them back to life. In particular, Nadler combines "I'm in the Mood for Love" with the rhythm number "Digga Digga Doo" in order to find a new way to interpret it, and he's largely successful, even if he alters the mood considerably. Combining songs in medleys is Sullivan and Nadler's main method of reinterpretation here, and they sometimes find new meanings in the juxtapositions that result, notably the complicated mixture of "There Must Be Something Better Than Love," "Love Is the Reason," "I'd Rather Wake Up by Myself," and "He Had Refinement," and the back-and-forth treatment of "Growing Pains" and "Baby, Dream Your Dream." It is some measure of their ability that they manage to overcome the sometimes seemingly definitive versions of these songs performed earlier by others. For example, their duet on "A Fine Romance," with some inventively rearranged phrasing, manages not to draw upon the famous film rendition by Astaire and Rogers, and Nadler gives a new treatment to "Growing Pains" that owes nothing to Tony Bennett. The result is an album that celebrates Dorothy Fields as a writer whose sense of human nature and the interpersonal relations of lovers is timeless.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2006
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471478020
catalogNumber:
94780

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Tracks

  1. I Can't Give You Anything But Love/I Won't Dance/Never Gonna Dance  - Mark Nadler
  2. Lovely to Look At/The Way You Look Tonight  - Mark Nadler
  3. Poor Everybody Else  - Mark Nadler
  4. I'm in the Mood for Love/Digga Digga Doo  - Mark Nadler
  5. Remind Me  - Mark Nadler
  6. A Fine Romance  - Mark Nadler
  7. Don't Mention Love to Me  - Mark Nadler
  8. Don't Blame Me  - Mark Nadler
  9. Medley: There Must Be Something Better Than Love/Love Is the ...  - Mark Nadler
  10. I'm Way Ahead  - Mark Nadler
  11. I Must Have That Man  - Mark Nadler
  12. You Wanna Bet/Sweet Charity  - Mark Nadler
  13. I'll Try  - Mark Nadler
  14. Growing Pain/Baby, Dream Your Dream  - Mark Nadler
  15. On the Sunny Side of the Street  - Mark Nadler
  16. If My Friends Could See Me Now/Pick Yourself Up/I Can't Give You ...  - Mark Nadler

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

K.T. Sullivan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mark Nadler   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

Morton Gould   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Oscar Levant   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer,Audio Production
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Stephen Holden   Author
Mark Nadler   Arranger,Contributor
Albert Hague   Composer
Deborah Grace Winer   Liner Notes
LuAnn Graffeo Blonkowski   Art Direction
Heather Sullivan   Cover Photo,Tray Photo

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