And Now I Swing

And Now I Swing

by Chita Rivera
     
 
As multi-talented Broadway stars go, Chita Rivera has always been a dancer first, then an actress and singer, which may help explain why her recorded output in a career dating back to the 1950s consists largely of appearances on original Broadway cast albums. She did make one solo album, And Now I Sing, for a tiny record label in the 1960s, so this second

Overview

As multi-talented Broadway stars go, Chita Rivera has always been a dancer first, then an actress and singer, which may help explain why her recorded output in a career dating back to the 1950s consists largely of appearances on original Broadway cast albums. She did make one solo album, And Now I Sing, for a tiny record label in the 1960s, so this second effort, called And Now I Swing, is something of a long-awaited sequel. The 76-year-old, who continues to tread the boards, often in a one-woman show performed in theaters and nightclubs, contends in a sleeve note that the album "reveals another side of my personality," and is her version of the sort of album Rosemary Clooney or Mel Tormé used to make. Along with the album title, one thus might expect a vocal jazz recording, but that isn't quite the case. Rivera has commissioned new arrangements of the songs, some of them done by Michael Croiter, the co-founder of the startup record company called Yellow Sound Label, and those charts, played by a small band, certainly are intended more for the cabaret than the stage. But there's still a lot of show music here, much of it written by the songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, in whose shows Chicago, The Rink, and Kiss of the Spider Woman Rivera has appeared on Broadway, not to mention "Where Am I Going," a song from Sweet Charity, in which she toured. Rivera is an expressive singer with a limited range who shows her age here and there, but she puts across the songs well, especially those that have more rhythm. She is really at home when the rhythm turns Latin, as it does in the second part of the medley "Sweet Happy Life/Mas Que Nada" and the gentle samba "More Than You Know." Kander and Ebb's "Love and Love Alone" is a largely unheard and highly characteristic ballad for them from The Visit, one of the shows they were working on when Ebb died and which Rivera has worked on since. It allows her to look forward as well as backward on an album that requires her to stand still and sing for once.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2009
Label:
Yellow Sound Label
UPC:
0705105664736
catalogNumber:
566473

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Performance Credits

Chita Rivera   Primary Artist
Mike Fahn   Trombone
Mark Hummel   Piano
Jim Donica   Bass
Brian Koonin   Guitar
Claudia Chopek   Strings,Violin
Trevor Neumann   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Michael Croiter   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Vibes
Kristy Norter   Reeds

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Jorge Ben   Composer
Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Carol Hall   Composer
Mark Hummel   Arranger
John Kander   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Russell George   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Brian Koonin   Arranger
Michael Leonard   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Eric Maschwitz   Composer
Mary Ann McSweeney   Arranger
Michael Croiter   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
Sherwin   Composer
Sam Davis   Arranger

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