From Bing to Billie

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
This collection brings together two of the great Rosemary Clooney’s most accomplished tribute recordings of the late 1970s: Rosie Sings Bing, which focuses on material associated with Bing Crosby, and Here’s to My Lady, which pays homage to Billie Holiday. It comes as no surprise that this legendary vocalist does justice to Crosby's signature songs, but her Holiday tribute displays similar sensitivity and artistry. On both albums Clooney is matched with a smart small ensemble featuring the tenor saxophone of Scott Hamilton and the cornet of Warren Vache; both of these lyrical neo-swing stylists add to the general excellence of the projects, as does the superbly ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
This collection brings together two of the great Rosemary Clooney’s most accomplished tribute recordings of the late 1970s: Rosie Sings Bing, which focuses on material associated with Bing Crosby, and Here’s to My Lady, which pays homage to Billie Holiday. It comes as no surprise that this legendary vocalist does justice to Crosby's signature songs, but her Holiday tribute displays similar sensitivity and artistry. On both albums Clooney is matched with a smart small ensemble featuring the tenor saxophone of Scott Hamilton and the cornet of Warren Vache; both of these lyrical neo-swing stylists add to the general excellence of the projects, as does the superbly tasteful drumming of veteran Jake Hanna. The albums also remind you of the quality songs that both Crosby and Holiday were associated with, including “Pennies from Heaven,” “It’s Easy to Remember,” “I Surrender, Dear,” I Wished On the Moon” in Crosby’s case and “Don’t Explain,” “Good Morning Heartache,” “He’s Funny That Way,” and “God Bless the Child” in Holiday’s. Clooney finds her own special way with it all. Expect more tribute albums devoted to this classic singer herself to spring up.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Rosemary Clooney's career had faltered after the mid-'60s, so her signing in 1977 by Concord Jazz launched a comeback that found her recording regularly for them until shortly before her death in 2002. This two-CD compilation combines two of her earliest recordings for the label. The first date, recorded in early 1978, is a tribute to her dear friend Bing Crosby who had died a few months prior to the session, with whom she had appeared in various movies and on several LPs. She is backed by a superb band, including pianist Nat Pierce, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Cal Collins, bassist Monty Budwig, and drummer Jake Hanna. Clooney is in great voice, covering a number of standards favored by Crosby, including a lush "I Surrender Dear," a swinging take of Crosby's own "Where the Blue of the Night," and a heartfelt "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral" accompanied solely by Collins on guitar. The same band was on hand adding cornetist Warren Vaché later in 1978 to back Clooney for a salute to Billie Holiday. Though her vocal style is nothing at all like Holiday's, her swinging performances of the ten standards on this session have stood the test of time extremely well. She especially excels with her interpretations of Holiday's "Lover Man Oh Where Can You Be?" and an emotional "Don't Explain."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431223122
  • Catalog Number: 2231

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist, Vocals
Cal Collins Guitar
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Nat Pierce Piano
Warren Vaché Cornet
Monty Budwig Bass
Jack Hannah Drums
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Bing Crosby Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Billie Holiday Composer
Lee Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Phil Edwards Engineer
Johnny Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Arthur Herzog Jr. Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
George Horn Mastering
Carl Jefferson Producer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Roy Turk Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Kent Judkins Art Direction
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Gordon Clifford Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Doris Tauber Composer
William Tracey Composer
James Royce Shannon Composer
B.R. Burr Cover Photo
Jimmy Davis Composer
Kathryn Crosby Liner Notes
Carl E. Jefferson Producer
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