Ballad Essentials

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Noted for the beauty of her voice and ability to freshen up the most tired lyric, Susannah McCorkle left behind an impressive and large body of work at the time of her death in 2001. Ballad Essentials concentrates onMcCorkle's softer side, collecting a dozen pieces recorded for Concord between 1983 and 2000. A remarkable cadre including Ken Peplowski, Emily Remler, and Bucky Pizzarelli join her on a variety of standards by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and the Gershwin brothers. The arrangements vary from vocal/guitar duets with Howard Alden and Al Gafa to the small-orchestra backing of "Let's Face the Music and Dance." There's an enjoyable, intimate version of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Noted for the beauty of her voice and ability to freshen up the most tired lyric, Susannah McCorkle left behind an impressive and large body of work at the time of her death in 2001. Ballad Essentials concentrates onMcCorkle's softer side, collecting a dozen pieces recorded for Concord between 1983 and 2000. A remarkable cadre including Ken Peplowski, Emily Remler, and Bucky Pizzarelli join her on a variety of standards by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and the Gershwin brothers. The arrangements vary from vocal/guitar duets with Howard Alden and Al Gafa to the small-orchestra backing of "Let's Face the Music and Dance." There's an enjoyable, intimate version of "Why Don't We Try Staying at Home" and an elegant rendering of "Skylark." It's notable that McCorkle, like Ella Fitzgerald, chooses to include the verse, or beginning, of songs like "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "It Never Entered My Mind." A lovely rendition of Django Reinhardt's "Nuages," complete with French and English lyrics, provides a pleasant surprise, while "Manhã de Carnaval Sunrise" displays McCorkle's ability as an interpreter of South American material. For those less familiar with the great vocalist's work, Ballad Essentials serves as an excellent primer. For fans, the album gathers a dozen similarly toned pieces, or an hour's worth of music, in one place. A fine collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431212928
  • Catalog Number: 2129
  • Sales rank: 19,187

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susannah McCorkle Primary Artist, Vocals
Howard Alden Guitar
Allen Farnham Piano
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Ken Peplowski Clarinet
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Keith Ingham Piano
Dennis Irwin Bass
Benny Aronov Piano
Joe Cocuzzo Drums
Keith Copeland Drums
Richard DeRosa Synthesizer, Drums
Thiago de Mello Percussion
Digby Fairweather Cornet
Alexander Gafa Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Steve Gilmore Bass
Greg Gisbert Flugelhorn
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Derek Hogg Drums
Kiyoshi Kitagawa Bass
Steve LaSpina Bass
Duncan Lamont Flute
Vanderlei Pereira Drums
Chris Potter Flute
Chuck Redd Drums
Emily Remler Guitar
Paul Meyers Acoustic Guitar
Richard Sarpola Bass
Ron Rubin Bass
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Allen Farnham Arranger, Musical Director
Ken Peplowski Musical Director
John Burk Executive Producer
Spencer Williams Composer
Scott Yanow Liner Notes
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Carlos Spaventa Cover Photo
Seth Presant Mastering
Ana Baracca Art Direction
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