Let's Face the Music: The Songs of Irving Berlin

Let's Face the Music: The Songs of Irving Berlin

by Susannah McCorkle
     
 
Susannah McCorkle, who consistently brings out new meanings in the lyrics she interprets, performs 16 Irving Berlin songs (complete with verses and sometimes lesser-known stanzas) on this delightful set. There is solo space for trumpeter Gregory Gisbert, trombonist Conrad Herwig

Overview

Susannah McCorkle, who consistently brings out new meanings in the lyrics she interprets, performs 16 Irving Berlin songs (complete with verses and sometimes lesser-known stanzas) on this delightful set. There is solo space for trumpeter Gregory Gisbert, trombonist Conrad Herwig, young tenor great Chris Potter and altoist Jerry Dodgion; the arrangements by Rich DeRosa are surprisingly modern, and McCorkle is heard in prime form. Among the many highlights are a wistful rendition of "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and a sensuous "Cheek to Cheek," "Let Yourself Go," and a wonderful closer, a version of "Waiting at the End of the Road" on which the singer is accompanied only by the rhythm guitar of Al Gafa. Although this interpretation of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (greatly slowed down and surprisingly touching) is not quite as classic as McCorkle's version of a decade earlier, this is overall a highly recommended set by a superb singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/1997
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431475927
catalogNumber:
4759

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susannah McCorkle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Allen Farnham   Piano
Richard DeRosa   Synthesizer,Drums
Alexander Gafa   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Gilmore   Bass
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Chris Potter   Clarinet,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Allen Farnham   Director,Musical Director
John Burk   Executive Producer
Richard DeRosa   Arranger
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Nick Phillips   Producer
Alan Varner   Engineer
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
Carlos Spaventa   Cover Photo

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