Lonely Town

Lonely Town

by Alan Kaplan
     
 
In the tradition of smooth, lyrical ballad players supreme like Tommy Dorsey or Jack Jenny comes Alan Kaplan with a program of 15 songs, 13 of them played with a lush string background provided by a bevy of conductors/arrangers such as Joe Curiale, the inimitable Russ Garcia, Bill

Overview

In the tradition of smooth, lyrical ballad players supreme like Tommy Dorsey or Jack Jenny comes Alan Kaplan with a program of 15 songs, 13 of them played with a lush string background provided by a bevy of conductors/arrangers such as Joe Curiale, the inimitable Russ Garcia, Bill Cunliffe, Tom Ranier, and Steven Bernstein. In addition, there are two bonus tracks scored for a variety of trombones and other brass instruments, much as in the trombone octet days of Urbie Green, with Kaplan playing all the trombones. Long a West Coast studio player sitting in orchestras that provided music for The Simpsons and Star Trek and backed up Barbra Streisand, Kaplan puts his trombone virtuosity on the line with this album of favorite standards. Recorded over a period of five years with some of the premier studio players in Los Angeles, Lonely Town brings back the notion of the romantic trombone, complete with swelling strings providing the cushion for Kaplan. Now and then, one hears deep in the background the jingling of the pianos of Ranier or Christian Jacob or the soft pierce of the oboe, the soothing English Horn, the flute, or the clarinet, giving the group body and dynamics. But when matched against a large group of violins, violas, and cellos, clearly their role is secondary. But even against the strings, it is Kaplan's highly stylized and quixotic trombone that takes the day. It's all very pretty, precious, and pleasant, and sometimes reflective. Recommended for when the psyche cries out for an hour of out-and-out lovely music, lovingly played.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2001
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0634479259128
catalogNumber:
5637200538
Rank:
147102

Tracks

  1. Ebb Tide
  2. Angel Eyes
  3. Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
  4. I Think of You
  5. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
  6. Only the Lonely
  7. Nancy
  8. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  9. You'll Never Know
  10. Emily
  11. The Night We Called It a Day
  12. My One and Only Love
  13. Lonely Town
  14. Try to Remember
  15. Don't Like Goodbyes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Kaplan   Primary Artist,Trombone
Russell Garcia   Conductor
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Cello
Bill Cunliffe   Conductor
Joel Derouin   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Rick Gerding   Viola
Susan Greenberg   Flute
Dan Higgins   Clarinet
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Janet Lakatos   Viola
Michael Markman   Violin
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Cynthia Morrow   Viola
Don Palmer   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
Amy Shulman   Harp
Dave Stone   Bass
Stephanie Mijanovich   French Horn
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Nicole Bush   Violin
Bob Peterson   Violin
Norm Hughes   Violin
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Alan Mautner   Violin
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Robert Gerry   Violin
Gerry Hilera   Violin
Tom Rainer   Conductor
Pat Johnson   Violin
Bob Becker   Viola
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Marc Sazer   Violin
Pam Gates   Violin
Joseph Curiale   Conductor

Technical Credits

Russell Garcia   Arranger
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Bill Cunliffe   Arranger
Alan Kaplan   Producer,Engineer
Gary Lux   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Andy Waterman   Engineer
Tom Rainer   Arranger
Tom Jones   Composer
Joseph Curiale   Arranger

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