It's How You Play the Game

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Marlene VerPlanck is a veteran singer who still has plenty to offer jazz fans after nearly a half century as a professional. Her vocals are consistently clear, mellow, and swinging in this program dominated by show tunes. But her choices aren't ones that have exactly been done to death at the start of the 21st century. She soars in the bright bossa nova scoring of "I Got Lost in His Arms," while her warmth is obvious in "Be Careful, It's My Heart." The singer's enthusiasm is contagious in "I Wanna Be in Love Again," while her playful scatting seems effortless in the buoyant "Love Looks Good on You." Her husband, Billy VerPlanck, contributed the arrangements and two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Marlene VerPlanck is a veteran singer who still has plenty to offer jazz fans after nearly a half century as a professional. Her vocals are consistently clear, mellow, and swinging in this program dominated by show tunes. But her choices aren't ones that have exactly been done to death at the start of the 21st century. She soars in the bright bossa nova scoring of "I Got Lost in His Arms," while her warmth is obvious in "Be Careful, It's My Heart." The singer's enthusiasm is contagious in "I Wanna Be in Love Again," while her playful scatting seems effortless in the buoyant "Love Looks Good on You." Her husband, Billy VerPlanck, contributed the arrangements and two originals, the lovely ballad "Cocktails at Dawn" and "It's How You Play the Game," the latter, unfortunately, stands out like a sore thumb due to the annoying and unaccredited electric keyboards. But the band is a superb one, featuring no fewer than six members of the exciting big band Diva: drummer Sherrie Maricle, alto saxophonist Karolina Strassmayer, clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Anat Cohen, pianist Chihiro Yamanaka, trumpeter Barbara Laronga, and bassist Norika Ueda.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2004
  • Label: Audiophile
  • UPC: 762247232520
  • Catalog Number: 325
  • Sales rank: 210,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's How You Play the Game (3:57)
  2. 2 I Got Lost in His Arms (5:01)
  3. 3 Be Careful, It's My Heart (3:55)
  4. 4 Easy to Love (2:11)
  5. 5 May I Come In? (4:24)
  6. 6 My Man Benny (4:14)
  7. 7 Only Trust Your Heart (3:36)
  8. 8 I Wanna Be in Love Again (2:48)
  9. 9 The First Thing About You (2:30)
  10. 10 Love Looks Good on You (2:28)
  11. 11 Experiment (4:57)
  12. 12 Save Your Love for Me (4:10)
  13. 13 The Jazz Buff (2:56)
  14. 14 Cocktails at Dawn (4:28)
  15. 15 Maybe It's the Moon (3:49)
  16. 16 All My Tomorrows (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marlene VerPlanck Primary Artist, Vocals
Barbara Laronga Trumpet
Karolina Strassmayer Alto Saxophone
Anat Cohen Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Chihiro Yamanaka Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Pete Rugolo Composer
Billy Ver Planck Composer
Benny Carter Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Joe Cocuzzo Composer
Jim Czak Engineer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ruby Fisher Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
John Meyer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Phil Woods Composer
Marvin Fisher Composer
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