Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back

by Warren Vaché
     
 
Cornetist Warren Vaché had more than 35 albums as a leader under his belt before he was finally able to realize his lifelong dream of making an album with a string ensemble. Don't Look Back was recorded in Glasgow with a 12-piece studio group called simply the Scottish Ensemble, and Vaché had

Overview

Cornetist Warren Vaché had more than 35 albums as a leader under his belt before he was finally able to realize his lifelong dream of making an album with a string ensemble. Don't Look Back was recorded in Glasgow with a 12-piece studio group called simply the Scottish Ensemble, and Vaché had the additional great fortune of securing the arranging skills of 87-year-old Bill Finegan, a legend who was essentially drawn out of retirement for this project. The deep experience of all concerned is showcased brilliantly on this album, which is basically an hour-long study in elaborate and gorgeously orchestrated melancholy. This would be called "make-out music" if it weren't all so richly and wonderfully sad -- it's more like breakup music for a couple who still loves each other and bears no ill will, but knows the relationship is doomed and is anxious to break it off gently and leave the happy memories intact. Vaché's tone is warm and heartbreakingly lovely throughout; the string arrangements are, unsurprisingly, richly detailed but never ostentatious. There are no uptempo numbers; from the hauntingly beautiful "It Was Written in the Stars," which opens the program, to the bittersweet title track that ends it, this album moves slowly and gracefully through various shades of lyrical blue, never stopping but never hurrying, either. This is perhaps not the best album to listen to if you're depressed already -- but if you're in the mood for something soft and sad, for mood music that rewards close attention, then you'd be hard pressed to find anything better than this. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941131826
catalogNumber:
19318
Rank:
155952

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Performance Credits

Warren Vaché   Primary Artist,Cornet,Vocals
James Chirillo   Guitar,Conductor,Triangle,Group Member
Ronnie Rae   Bass,Group Member
John Rae   Piano,Group Member
Brian Kellock   Drums,Group Member
Diane Clark   Double Bass
Cheryl Crockett   Violin
Laura Ghiro   Violin
Katherine MacKintosh   Oboe
Jonathan Morton   Violin

Technical Credits

Percy Grainger   Arranger
Erich Wolfgang Korngold   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Warren Vaché   Producer,Audio Production
Harold Arlen   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Johnny Carisi   Composer
James Chirillo   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Bill Finegan   Arranger
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Kaye Dunham   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Jonathan Morton   Director

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