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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
     

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

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by Kerry Butler
 
Vocalist Kerry Butler is a veteran of Broadway musicals, including several that were family-oriented, so it isn't surprising that she would be interested in covering an array of songs from similar films, both animated and live action. She has an appealing little girl voice, though it is a bit thin, with a bit of a nasal sound. Most of the

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Vocalist Kerry Butler is a veteran of Broadway musicals, including several that were family-oriented, so it isn't surprising that she would be interested in covering an array of songs from similar films, both animated and live action. She has an appealing little girl voice, though it is a bit thin, with a bit of a nasal sound. Most of the highlights are older songs, including the neglected ballad "Baby Mine" (from Dumbo), with Michael Kosarin's lush solo piano as her sole accompaniment, along with the campy, playful "Minnie's Yoo Hoo" written for a 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon. Guitarist Kevin Kuhn arranged the subtle country-flavored treatment of "Bare Necessities" (sung by Phil Harris in the '60s film-length cartoon The Jungle Book). But several of the string arrangements are rather sparse and don't provide a sufficient backdrop for the singer. This collection will have the greatest appeal to parents with young children who have enjoyed many of the films or cartoons in which these compositions were debuted.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607086220
catalogNumber:
862

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kerry Butler   Primary Artist
William Galison   Harmonica
David Cerutti   Viola
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet
Erik Friedlander   Cello
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar,Ukulele
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Marcus Rojas   Tuba
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Richard Brice   Viola
Michael Kosarin   Piano,Celeste
Antoine Silverman   Fiddle,Soloist
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Helen Campo   Flute,Piccolo
Steve Kenyon   Clarinet
Eric Degioia   Violin
Roger Shell   Cello
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
Larry Lelli   Percussion

Technical Credits

Randy Newman   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Howard Ashman   Composer
Jonatha Brooke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Philip Chaffin   Executive Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Executive Producer
Kevin Kuhn   Arranger
Tom Lazarus   Engineer
Alan Menken   Composer,Liner Notes
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Glenn Slater   Composer
Michael Starobin   Arranger,Orchestration
Ned Washington   Composer
Carl Stalling   Composer
Michael Kosarin   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Music Direction
Frank Churchill   Composer
Larry Hochman   Orchestration
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Bart Migal   Engineer
Kerry Butler   Liner Notes
Walt Disney   Composer

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kerry Butler is an amazing talent and I'm so glad she's finally released a solo album. The CD has a great collection of Disney songs. That, coupled with Butler's gorgeous voice is a guarantee for a great album. I also have a preschool age sister, and I'm glad to have some more music that I can share with her without worrying about what she's listening to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kerry Butler's debut CD works as both a tribute to the great spirit of Disney music and also a great showcase of one of theater's warmest and most engaging performers. Foregoing large orchestrations in favor of more intimate and acoustic instrumentation really brings out the sentiment and humanity of these songs, some of them familiar, others obscure nuggets from Disney's vast catalogue of material, but all of them revealed in a new and touching light. Many of the songs have a real sense of lullaby to them, something you might whisper into a child or loved one's ear. Whether or not we could whisper in a voice as emotive as Butler's is of course another question. When in doubt, let Kerry do the singing and storytelling. Believe me, no child or mother could wish for a sweeter voice in their ear :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! All I can say is that. Every number on this cd blows my mind. Her voice is so amazing you can feel all of the emotions in the songs just through Kerry's voice! "I'll Try" has got to be one of my new favorite songs now, such a beautiful song. Her voice is unbeleivable and if you love Disney, DEFINITELY GET IT! Such an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got done listening to Ms. Butler's album, and it was a joy from start to finish. I was delighted to discover from reading the liner notes that she seems to be just as big a "Disney dork" as I am (see avatar and signature). Many of the songs on this album are well known, but I love how she made them distinctive. She's taken a number of well-known songs and quieted them down a bit, made them more introspective. Don't get me wrong, I love big, belty versions of "When You Wish Upon a Star," but it is nice to hear Ms. Butler's softer, more thoughtful rendition. Ditto for her "Colors of the Wind," which has always been my favorite Disney song. By toning down the arrangements to a number of these songs, Ms. Butler has really focused on the lyrics, and what you get are stunning interpretations of the songs. One of my favorites might be "God Help the Outcasts," where she does get to show off her range a little bit. Again, however, the song works because of her interpretation of its lyrics. Another gem is the album's final song, "Disneyland," which is from Smile, but I had never heard before. It sums up my love of the Disney theme parks better than anything I've ever read before. Butler, being a "Disney dork" herself, really believes the lyrics (my favorite moment on the entire CD is her impassioned, "But I don't care!" in this song). I'm so happy I bought this CD, and it's making me look forward to July 17 (when I go back to WDW) even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago