It Had to Be You

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Peter Nero served as musical director of the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, his musical outlook wasn't unlike that of the sweet bands of the '20s, '30s, and '40s -- essentially, he was giving you orchestral pop that incorporated jazz and classical elements. Nero, like the old-time sweet bands, usually doesn't appeal to jazz purists. But then, the pianist never claimed to be a purist himself. Released in 1994, It Had to Be You isn't among his orchestral projects; Nero leads an acoustic piano trio that employs Michael Barnett on bass and Steve Pemberton on drums. But the mentality that Nero brings to this ballad-oriented CD isn't much different from the mentality that ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Peter Nero served as musical director of the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, his musical outlook wasn't unlike that of the sweet bands of the '20s, '30s, and '40s -- essentially, he was giving you orchestral pop that incorporated jazz and classical elements. Nero, like the old-time sweet bands, usually doesn't appeal to jazz purists. But then, the pianist never claimed to be a purist himself. Released in 1994, It Had to Be You isn't among his orchestral projects; Nero leads an acoustic piano trio that employs Michael Barnett on bass and Steve Pemberton on drums. But the mentality that Nero brings to this ballad-oriented CD isn't much different from the mentality that he brought to the Philly Pops -- It Had to Be You has one foot in instrumental jazz, the other in traditional vocal pop, and classical overtones in both areas. This is very much an easy listening album; a laid-back, easygoing mood prevails whether Nero provides instrumental versions of standards or features major vocalists, who range from Mel Tormé on "Long Ago and Far Away" to Peabo Bryson on "All the Things You Are" and Crystal Gayle on the title song. It should be noted that not all of Nero's guests were actually in the studio with him. Nero's piano trio recorded the basic tracks at Philly's legendary Sigma Sound Studios, where soul heavyweights like Thom Bell and Gamble & Huff produced so many great sessions in the '60s and '70s. But most of this album's vocals were recorded in New York, Los Angeles, or Nashville and subsequently overdubbed when the mixing took place. Jazz fans tend to take a dim view of overdubbing, but it works well enough for Nero on this pleasant, if less than exceptional, mood album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/1994
  • Label: Compendia
  • UPC: 015095350527
  • Catalog Number: 3505

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Nero Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano
Crystal Gayle Vocals, Track Performer
Kathie Lee Gifford Track Performer
Maureen McGovern Vocals, Track Performer
Peabo Bryson Vocals, Track Performer
Mel Tormé Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Pemberton Drums
Doc Severinsen Trumpet, Track Performer
Grover Washington Jr. Saxophone, Track Performer
Michael Barnett Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Kathie Lee Gifford Contributor
Trammell Starks Producer
Jerome Kern Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Ricky Keller Digital Editing
Allan Queen Engineer, Digital Editing
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Joe Tortorici Engineer
Ken Wells Art Direction
Michael Olsen Executive Producer
Brian McGee Engineer
Kevin Simonett Engineer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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