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Love Letters

Love Letters

by Rondi Charleston
     
 
"Cabaret" has virtually become a generic term describe singers of diverse styles (including witty, sentimental, wistful, sophisticated, soothing, etc.) who put a premium on the lyrics. New York cabaret singer Rondi Charleston, if one has to choose a category, is elegant. However, she has stuck to the script on this first album in choosing her partners for this

Overview

"Cabaret" has virtually become a generic term describe singers of diverse styles (including witty, sentimental, wistful, sophisticated, soothing, etc.) who put a premium on the lyrics. New York cabaret singer Rondi Charleston, if one has to choose a category, is elegant. However, she has stuck to the script on this first album in choosing her partners for this endeavor. One can virtually count on the promise that the instrumentation on a cabaret singer's album will have, in addition to the piano, strings, English horn, or, as here, oboe and French horn, and some atypical instruments. The harmonica and dulcimer fill the role on this CD. All of these are put to good use in giving certain songs a distinct accent of their own. Charleston has constructed a program of songs which reflect her reaction to a book of love letters by contemporary writer Michelle Lovric. Charleston uses her clear, pure, wide-ranging soprano to deliver the songs describing various stages of the game of love. Some are familiar, such as "It Had to Be You," "So in Love," and the ultimate lyrical portrayal of the end of a love affair, "Where Do You Start?," perhaps the most heartbreaking tune ever penned. But there are a couple of upbeat expressions of love as well."It Had to Be You" swings along helped considerably by cabaret singers' favorite trumpet player, Glenn Drewes. This is a fun track and a welcome break in the otherwise serious mood. Charleston continues to use her sidemen to her advantage. This time, Lawrence Feldman's tenor noodles underneath on "I've Got You Under My Skin," recalling how Stan Getz supported vocalists from time to time during his career. The LML label continues to bring to the public outstanding practitioners of cabaret, and this album keeps their winning record intact. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788013129
catalogNumber:
131
Rank:
191855

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rondi Charleston   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Robert Carlisle   French Horn
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Lawrence Feldman   Tenor Saxophone
Jay Leonhart   Bass,Background Vocals
John Redsecker   Percussion,Drums
Peter Sanders   Cello
Laura Seaton   Violin
Mary Wooten   Cello
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Christopher Marlowe   Piano
Scott Barnes   Vocal Director
Ralph Farris   Viola
Dean Thomas   Dulcimer

Technical Credits

Frank Fagnano   Engineer
Brian Holland   Composer
Jay Leonhart   Arranger
Christopher Marlowe   Arranger,Producer
Georgia Dobbins   Composer
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
William Garrett   Composer
Scott Barnes   Producer
Robert Bateman   Composer
Rondi Charleston   Arranger,Executive Producer
Freddie Gorman   Composer

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