I Love Being Here with You: A Jazz Piano Tribute to Peggy Lee

I Love Being Here with You: A Jazz Piano Tribute to Peggy Lee

by Beegie Adair
     
 
On paper, the idea of having a jazz pianist pay tribute to a pop singer by performing versions of songs associated with her might seem tenuous, but when the singer is Peggy Lee, the project makes far more sense. Lee was not a jazz singer per se, but she emerged from big-band jazz as the girl singer in Benny Goodman's orchestra, and she often employed jazz musicians as

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On paper, the idea of having a jazz pianist pay tribute to a pop singer by performing versions of songs associated with her might seem tenuous, but when the singer is Peggy Lee, the project makes far more sense. Lee was not a jazz singer per se, but she emerged from big-band jazz as the girl singer in Benny Goodman's orchestra, and she often employed jazz musicians as accompanists. Also, she was not just a singer, but also a songwriter, and some of the compositions in which she participated are included. Beegie Adair goes all the way back to Lee's breakthrough hit with Goodman, "Why Don't You Do Right," and also includes versions of Lee's own, self-written hit "I Don't Know Enough About You," as well as such efforts as her revised version of "Fever." Working with a rhythm section of bass and drums (neither of which ever solo), Adair sticks close to the melodies of the tunes, in effect substituting for Lee's vocal with her piano playing. She does add improvised, jazzy embellishments, but her approach is generally faithful to what the composers wrote. Occasionally, the connection to Lee is tangential, such as the inclusion of "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe." True, Lee did record it, but so did plenty of other people, and it isn't particularly associated with her. Still, the connection to the singer is a good excuse to gather up some jazz-friendly tunes and give them the Beegie Adair treatment.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
Label:
Green Hill
UPC:
0792755576427
catalogNumber:
55764
Rank:
75005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beegie Adair   Primary Artist,Piano
Roger Spencer   Bass
Chris Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Peggy Lee   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Jack Jezzro   Producer
Dave Barbour   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Beegie Adair   Liner Notes
Sonny Burke   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Joe McCoy   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Sidney Keith Russell   Composer
Bill Schluger   Composer
Hubie Wheeler   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
Chad Smith   Graphic Design,Cover Photo
J. Francis Burke   Composer
Greg Howard   Executive Producer

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