Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Broadway always seems to be a good place to turn for a mother lode of classic American songs. On Autumn in New York, singer Klea Blackhurst does just that, turning to composer Vernon Duke's rich body of work. The list of lyricists Duke worked with is impressive and includes Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, and Howard Dietz. Blackhurst is a lively vocalist and brings a carefree air to fun songs like "Taking a Chance on Love" and "I Can't Get Started." It doesn't hurt that she's joined by a talented ensemble that includes pianist Michael Rice, guitarist Greg Skaff, and Dan Willis on flute, soprano, and oboe. The group is filled out with a small string section from time to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Broadway always seems to be a good place to turn for a mother lode of classic American songs. On Autumn in New York, singer Klea Blackhurst does just that, turning to composer Vernon Duke's rich body of work. The list of lyricists Duke worked with is impressive and includes Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, and Howard Dietz. Blackhurst is a lively vocalist and brings a carefree air to fun songs like "Taking a Chance on Love" and "I Can't Get Started." It doesn't hurt that she's joined by a talented ensemble that includes pianist Michael Rice, guitarist Greg Skaff, and Dan Willis on flute, soprano, and oboe. The group is filled out with a small string section from time to time, but the arrangements are never busy. Basically, they provide an attractive underpinning for Blackhurst's vocals, playing it nice and easy on ballads like "Sailing at Midnight" and adding a bit of pizzazz on upbeat numbers like "Dancing in the Streets." The centerpiece, of course, is "Autumn in New York," a song that Duke also wrote the lyrics to. Blackhurst keeps the song intact by including the opening verse, and the string section does a fine job capturing the melancholy mood that the song evokes. For those who appreciate the Great American Songbook, Duke's work, or lively jazz vocals, Autumn in New York is a solid recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558330229
  • Catalog Number: 83302
  • Sales rank: 339,115

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Klea Blackhurst Primary Artist, Vocals
Greg Skaff Banjo, Guitar
Dan Willis Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Kilday Bass
Amy Hamilton Soto Violin
Michael Rice Piano, Conductor
Denise Cridge Violin
Amy Hamilton-Soto Violin
Michael Rice Piano
Kristan Cassady Violin
Denise Cridge Viola
Jennifer Gravenstine Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
John Latouche Composer
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Steve Norman Executive Producer
Ted Fetter Composer
Jan Folkson Engineer, Digital Editing
Klea Blackhurst Liner Notes
Noah Cornman Executive Producer
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Michael Rice Arranger, Orchestration
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