Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter/Guess Who's in Town

Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter/Guess Who's in Town

by Bobby Short
     
 

Collectables Records' two-fer release of Bobby Short's 1971 tribute album to Cole Porter and his 1987 tribute album to Andy Razaf provides an interesting comparison between the two songwriters who wrote during the same period in similar styles. Porter (1891-1964), the child of wealth, was the musical voice of sophistication on Broadway from the 1920s to the 1950s;…  See more details below

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Collectables Records' two-fer release of Bobby Short's 1971 tribute album to Cole Porter and his 1987 tribute album to Andy Razaf provides an interesting comparison between the two songwriters who wrote during the same period in similar styles. Porter (1891-1964), the child of wealth, was the musical voice of sophistication on Broadway from the 1920s to the 1950s; Razaf (1895-1973), an Amercan-born descendent of deposed Madagascar royalty, grew up without the privileges his family had enjoyed, a struggling black man in America. Both wrote witty songs for the stage and for elegant nightclubs, but the contrast between them was best expressed in Razaf's "A Porter's Love Song (To a Chamber Maid)," which deliberately treated of the cares of the help instead of their rich employers and punned on the name of his better known peer. Bobby Short, who has spent his career interpreting Porter's work, finally devoted a double LP largely to the songwriter's lesser known songs with Bobby Short Loves Cole Porter, even premiering three unpublished compositions. His spirited readings had just the right combination of effervescence and humor, the sense of celebration that was at the core of Porter's sensibility. Guess Who's in Town, recorded a decade and a half later, finally turned a spotlight on a lyricist whose songs ("Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin'") had proven to be standards, even as the man himself was "forgotten utterly," as annotator (and eventual biographer) Barry Singer put it. Overshadowed by such collaborators as Fats Waller, Razaf nevertheless penned a catalog full of wonderful songs, some of the best of which were revived by Short with a small jazz band including Harry "Sweets" Edison among others. Put together, the two albums make for a terrific collection of show music performed by a master.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431684429
catalogNumber:
6844
Rank:
57733

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Rap Tap on Wood
  2. You've Got That Thing
  3. You Don't Know Paree
  4. Pilot Me
  5. Katie Went to Haiti
  6. How's Your Romance?
  7. At Long Last Love
  8. By Candlelight
  9. So Near and Yet So Far
  10. How Could We Be Wrong?
  11. Hot-House Rose
  12. Let's Fly Away
  13. Why Shouldn't I?
  14. Once Upon a Time
  15. Weren't We Fools?
  16. Do I Love You?
  17. I've Got You on My Mind
  18. Where Have You Been?
  19. I Hate You, Darling
  20. I'm in Love Again
  21. Just One of Those Things
  22. Why Don't We Try Staying Home?

Disc 2

  1. Guess Who's in Town
  2. Honeysuckle Rose
  3. How Can You Face Me?
  4. A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
  5. Sposin'
  6. Ain't Misbehavin'
  7. Tan Manhattan
  8. Black and Blue
  9. Make Me Believe Ballroom
  10. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  11. Lonesome Swallow

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Short   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Phil Moore   Conductor
McKibbon   Bass
John Collins   Guitar
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Beverly Peer   Bass
Richard Sheridan   Drums

Technical Credits

Bobby Short   Producer
Phil Moore   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Fats Domino   Composer
Lewis Hahn   Producer
Eddie Sauter   Composer
Barry Allyn Singer   Liner Notes
Jack Tracy   Producer
Robert Kimball   Liner Notes
Hugh Davies   Engineer

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