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Faces of Love
     

Faces of Love

by Kristopher McDowell
 
Performing with all the style, grace, and whimsy of a cabaret performer, 22-year-old London expatriate Kristopher McDowell's debut albums reveals a stage presence and maturity which belies his young age. Taking on a set of decently composed songs from truly diverse composers and sources, including a couple from musicals which closed early, he lays out a palette of

Overview

Performing with all the style, grace, and whimsy of a cabaret performer, 22-year-old London expatriate Kristopher McDowell's debut albums reveals a stage presence and maturity which belies his young age. Taking on a set of decently composed songs from truly diverse composers and sources, including a couple from musicals which closed early, he lays out a palette of emotions associated with love, including discovery, upsetting, bruising, hopeful, and even fulfilling. And he does this with a voice that can best be described as pretty. With arrangements that favor the heavy production featuring strings, horns, lots of backup vocalists, and, of course, the piece of equipment of choice for this musical style, the synthesizer. One hears several influences in McDowell's delivery and approach to the music. There's the king of adult contemporary and soft rock, Barry Manilow. But there's also a tad of Johnny Mathis with the cry in the voice McDowell uses on such cuts as "Get Here." The smooth edges of the session are roughened a bit with some up-tempo, downright swinging material such as "Signs of Life" and "Train of Thought." But this is an album about love and the material stays close to the ballad style set by the first track, "The Last Time I Felt Like This," beginning softly building up to a crescendo of a coda. While there is a large cast of supporting players with McDowell, he gets the lion's share of the spotlight. Little time is set aside for solos by any of the instrumentalists. However, the contributions of Christopher Denny and Daryl Kojak are apparent on each cut. A fine debut by a young man with a winning way with a song.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2001
Label:
JEROME RECORDS
UPC:
0660355895326
catalogNumber:
4486

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristopher McDowell   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Rogers   Trumpet
Rex Benicasa   Percussion
Richard Centalonza   Reeds
Margaret Dorn   Background Vocals
Laurence Etkin   Trumpet
Ted Hoyle   Cello
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Dan Levine   Trombone
Karen Lindquist   Harp,Background Vocals
Jeff Lyons   Background Vocals
Larry Moore   Performing Ensemble
Paul Ostermayer   Reeds
John Putnam   Guitar
Paul Rolnick   Synthesizer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Laura Seaton   Violin
Myra Segal   Violin
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Tom Kochan   Performing Ensemble
Todd Johnson   Background Vocals
Susan Panny   Horn
Alva Hunt   Reeds
Belinda Whitney   Violin
Elizabeth Chang   Violin
Daryl Kojak   Piano,Keyboards,Performing Ensemble
Jennifer Orchard   Violin
Douglas Romoff   Bass
Alexander Yudkovsky   Violin
Karen Mack   Vocals
Wendy Luck   Reeds
Principal   Violin
Ryan Shore   Performing Ensemble
Christopher Denny   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Larry Moore   Orchestration
Paul Rolnick   Arranger,Producer
Alan Silverman   Engineer
Tom Kochan   Orchestration
Dan Lawrence   Engineer
Chip Fabrizi   Engineer
Daryl Kojak   Arranger,Producer
Ryan Shore   Orchestration
Christopher Denny   Arranger,Musical Director

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