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Gently
     

Gently

by Liza Minnelli
 
If anyone is entitled to cash in on the renewed renaissance of classic pop (not to mention space-age bachelor pad) music, it's Liza Minnelli, who not only has a pedigree to match the likes of Natalie Cole, but has also been at it longer. At 50, Minnelli no longer has to choose between her heritage and her generation, and the assurance

Overview

If anyone is entitled to cash in on the renewed renaissance of classic pop (not to mention space-age bachelor pad) music, it's Liza Minnelli, who not only has a pedigree to match the likes of Natalie Cole, but has also been at it longer. At 50, Minnelli no longer has to choose between her heritage and her generation, and the assurance with which she tackles material like George and Ira Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and Irving Berlin's "I Got Lost in His Arms" is striking. But she was equally at home with such rock-era work as "Chances Are" (on which she's accompanied by Johnny Mathis, who made it a hit) and Leiber & Stoller's "Some Cats Know" (which was bringing down the house on Broadway in Smokey Joe's Cafe at the time of the album's release). If this album does not live up to its title or to Minnelli's liner notes description ("sentimental, romantic and sometimes foolish" songs sung "hopefully, tenderly, and most of all...gently"), that's only to say that among the many favorable things you could say about the material and Minnelli's performance of it, "gentle" is not one of them. The singer's intensity is always tempered with warmth, her power checked by careful attention to details of lyric meaning and the nuances of feeling available through her phrasing. But Liza Minnelli just isn't a gentle singer. Maybe she should have stuck with the title scrawled on the back of the CD booklet: "The Makeout Album."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/1996
Label:
Angel Records
UPC:
0724383547029
catalogNumber:
35470

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Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Tropea   Electric Guitar
Johnny Mathis   Vocals,Track Performer
Melissa Manchester   Background Vocals
Brenda Russell   Background Vocals
Donna Summer   Vocals,Track Performer
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Terry Gibbs   Vibes
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Roger Kellaway   Piano,Conductor
Pete Jolly   Piano
Billy Stritch   Piano,Background Vocals
Nino Tempo   Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Bass,Bass Guitar
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Artie Butler   Conductor
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
Jack Cavari   Acoustic Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Conga
Ray Ellis   Conductor
David Finck   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Grant Geissman   Guitar
John Guerin   Drums
Jim Hughart   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael Landau   Guitar
Bill Lavorgna   Drums
Will Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Bob Magnusson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Timothy May   Guitar
Mike Renzi   Piano
Emil Richards   Vibes
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass,Bass Guitar
Albie Berk   Drums
Dave Stone   Bass,Bass Guitar
Arnie Butler   Conductor

Technical Credits

Liza Minnelli   Liner Notes
Herbie Hancock   Arranger
Roger Kellaway   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,String Conductor
Brooks Arthur   Producer
Billy Stritch   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger
Artie Butler   Arranger
Ray Ellis   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Mike Stoller   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
David Tobocman   Engineer
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Torrie Zito   Orchestration
J.C. Suares   Art Direction
Steve Murphy   Executive Producer
Arnie Butler   Arranger
Bernice Petkere   Composer

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