- I'd Rather Lead a Band
- Let's Face the Music and Dance
- Isn't This a Lovely Day?
- Heat Wave
- How Deep Is the Ocean?
- Medley: Everybody Knew But Me/When You Walked Out Someone Else ...
- There's No Business Like Show Business
- Cheek to Cheek
- Love and the Weather
- Supper Time
- Medley: You're Easy to Dance With/It Only Happens When I Dance ...
- Better Luck Next Time
- Let Yourself Go
- Waiting at the End of the Road
Let's Face the Music: The Songs of Irving Berlinby 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, 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.
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- Concord Records
Performance CreditsSusannah 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 CreditsAllen 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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