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Get Happy

Get Happy

4.0 2
by Jenny Lin

Product Details

Release Date:
Steinway & Sons


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jenny Lin   Primary Artist,Piano,Interviewee

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer,Original Material
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Dick Hyman   Arranger
André Previn   Arranger
Earl Wild   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Stephen Hough   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Original Material
Cy Walter   Arranger
Frederick Loewe   Original Material
Alexis Weissenberg   Arranger
Christopher O'Riley   Arranger
Stephen Prutsman   Arranger
Daniel Shores   Engineer
David Saperton   Arranger
Dan Merceruio   Producer
Ben Finane   Interviewer
Marc-André Hamelin   Composer
Stefan Malzew   Composer
Greg Anderson   Arranger
Jon Feidner   Executive Producer
Eric Feidner   Executive Producer

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Get Happy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
This CD consists of various pieces performed by Jenny Lin that are, as the title implies, happy feel-good pieces. That does not detract from the fact that the arrangements she is performing are, in some cases, extremely difficult. The second track, "I Got Rhythm", certainly fits this description -- that's just a rollicking good time. “Begin the Beguine” is also just a treat to listen to -- and definitely challenging for a pianist with only 10 fingers! There are also various works that require a delicate emphasis on the syncopation, and “Eliza in Ascot” is one of these. It does, of course, require adept pianistic skills at the end of the piece, and Ms. Lin is definitely up to the task. While I tend to gravitate toward the more traditional music CDs of classical material, I really enjoyed this recording. It's okay to have a little fun every now and then, and this recording will leave you feeling good if you like the musical material being presented. Highly recommended.
SourPersimmons More than 1 year ago
Jenny Lin's "Get Happy" is a brilliantly-played virtuosic tribute to the great American songbook. After a subdued take on "Blue Skies," the album quickly becomes rather impressionistic ("I Got Rhythm," "Lover," "Laura") though many of the other tracks ("Carousel Waltz," "Cheek to Cheek," etc.) maintain a more easily-recognized grounding in the original material. Lin's performances offer a full range of color and expression, and she successfully bridges the gap between the intense technical classical demands of the arrangements (which generally sound like elaborate improvisations) and the popular idiom from which they derive. The recorded piano sound is excellent, with an ideal perspective on the instrument. In short, this is a fantastic jazz/classical piano album for those interested in sophisticated takes on classic show tunes.