Beautiful Love

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Wesia Whitfield achieved acclaim with several fine recordings made for Landmark between 1988 and 1994, but interspersed during that period are fine dates like this one for the much smaller Cabaret label. It was ironically produced by Landmark's owner at that time, the legendary Orrin Keepnews, who was one of her first major champions. The 15 tracks that she covers on this CD include a mix of familiar standards, mingled with forgotten songs from Broadway and films. One of her other strengths is that she faithfully restores the verses omitted by many vocalists, along with her clear intonation and captivating expressive voice. Her interpretation of Cole Porter's "Ev'rything I ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Wesia Whitfield achieved acclaim with several fine recordings made for Landmark between 1988 and 1994, but interspersed during that period are fine dates like this one for the much smaller Cabaret label. It was ironically produced by Landmark's owner at that time, the legendary Orrin Keepnews, who was one of her first major champions. The 15 tracks that she covers on this CD include a mix of familiar standards, mingled with forgotten songs from Broadway and films. One of her other strengths is that she faithfully restores the verses omitted by many vocalists, along with her clear intonation and captivating expressive voice. Her interpretation of Cole Porter's "Ev'rything I Love" is full of drama, while it's fun to hear her lively take of "Wonderful Guy" from South Pacific, a piece rarely performed in a jazz setting. The innuendo-filled nature of "Don't Go to Strangers" is treated subtly by the singer. "Blues are Brewin'" was suggested to her by a dying fan who knew her work well yet never met her again; this song from the film New Orleans was sung initially by Billie Holiday, and Whitfield focuses on the hope within this unjustly neglected piece. Whitfield's husband, pianist Mike Greensill, provides just the right touch on every track, along with superb accompaniment by bassist Dean Reilly and drummer Tom Duckworth. Whitfield's liner notes are an added plus, as she expresses her feelings about each song and what inspired her to choose it. Anyone who has enjoyed her work for Landmark and High Note should definitely seek this lesser-known but every bit as brilliant gem as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/1994
  • Label: Cabaret Records
  • UPC: 737877500721
  • Catalog Number: 5007

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wesla Whitfield Primary Artist, Vocals
Tom Duckworth Drums
Michael Greensill Piano
Dean Reilly Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Seal Composer
Joe Tex Composer
Wesla Whitfield Liner Notes
Mary Rodgers Composer
Jack Globenfelt Executive Producer
Michael Greensill Arranger
Edward Heyman Composer
George Horn Mastering
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
David Luke Engineer
Victor Young Composer
Ian Grant Composer
Lionel Rand Composer
Lala Composer
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