As of Today

As of Today

by Barbara Cook
     
 

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On her third studio album (which followed her second by 18 years), 49-year-old Broadway and nightclub veteran Barbara Cook turned to what annotator Rex Reed called "the new music," contemporary songs by young songwriters like Marsha Malamet, Jim Ricketts, and the team of Gayle

Overview

On her third studio album (which followed her second by 18 years), 49-year-old Broadway and nightclub veteran Barbara Cook turned to what annotator Rex Reed called "the new music," contemporary songs by young songwriters like Marsha Malamet, Jim Ricketts, and the team of Gayle Barnhill and Jo Anne Thain, in some cases combining these often plaintive songs in medleys with Irving Berlin standards like "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" and "What'll I Do," a practice that did the second-rate new material no favors. The only current songwriter who really held up to the test was Janis Ian, as Cook made a mini-play out of the marathon song "Stars" and closed As of Today with "Candlelight." Cook was in typically wonderful voice, making the most of the emotional qualities of the songs, and, when the album was released, her decision to sing new songs seemed brave and forward-looking. In retrospect, one might have wished for more of Irving Berlin and less of the also-rans.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923800323
catalogNumber:
8003

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Primary Artist,Vocals
Amanuel Vardi   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Sal DiTroia   Guitar
Ron Frangipane   Conductor
Vincent Bell   Guitar
Jeff Layton   Guitar
Barry Lazarowitz   Drums
Jesse Levy   Cello
Gene Orloff   Conductor,Concert Master
Romeo Penque   Woodwind
Manny Vardi Strings   Violin
Stu Woods   Bass
Artie Kaplan   Woodwind
John Beale   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Ron Frangipane   Producer,Orchestration
Arthur Kaplan   Contributor
Romeo Penque   Contributor
Ed Sprigg   Engineer
Rex Reed   Liner Notes
Wally Harper   Arranger,Composer
Paul Zakzewski   Composer
Dave Nives   Reissue Producer
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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