Make Believe

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Jessica Molaskey couldn’t make a mediocre recording even if she tried. On the third release under her own name, this captivating vocalist continues to prove that given a quality song of any vintage, she can make it gleam even brighter. And Molaskey knows a quality song: She inhabits the creations of such legendary composers as Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, and Meredith Willson, the jazzman Jon Hendricks, and the contemporary theatrical wizard Ricky Ian Gordon (with whom Molaskey co-wrote the touching “Cradle and All”) with the sure instincts of a singer implicitly drawn to the right sources. Her collaborators -- as always -- are top-notch, with special kudos going to...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Jessica Molaskey couldn’t make a mediocre recording even if she tried. On the third release under her own name, this captivating vocalist continues to prove that given a quality song of any vintage, she can make it gleam even brighter. And Molaskey knows a quality song: She inhabits the creations of such legendary composers as Harold Arlen, Stephen Sondheim, and Meredith Willson, the jazzman Jon Hendricks, and the contemporary theatrical wizard Ricky Ian Gordon (with whom Molaskey co-wrote the touching “Cradle and All”) with the sure instincts of a singer implicitly drawn to the right sources. Her collaborators -- as always -- are top-notch, with special kudos going to arrangers Don Sebesky and John Clayton, who skillfully buff up the proceedings while keeping Molaskey’s mellifluous tones the paramount focus. In addition to his assured guitar work -- hear how naturally he and the singer intertwine on Schwartz and Field’s lovely “Growing Pains” -- John Pizzarelli (Molaskey’s husband) duets with his beloved on a rollickingly comic mesh of Hendricks’s “Cloudburst” and Sondheim’s “Getting Married Today.” In its enchanting union of singer and song, Make Believe is no doubt the real thing.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Veteran Broadway actress Jessica Molaskey's third CD for PS Classics is a mix of favorites from musicals and standards from the Great American Songbook, though many of these compositions have not been recorded much at all for quite some time. Backed by a band that includes husband John Pizzarelli on guitar along with her guitarist father-in-law Bucky Pizzarelli, trombonist John Mosca, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and a number of superb New York-based musicians, Molaskey's acting skills come across even though the listener can't see her perform these timeless tunes. She sounds young and flirty in "I Cain't Say No" from Oklahoma! in a superb orchestration by John Clayton, while restoring the often omitted verse. She soars in the stunning strings and piano arrangement of "Make Believe." But one of the assets of Molaskey's choice of songs is rediscovering overlooked gems like "Stepsisters' Lament," making the most of its hilarious lyrics in a rapid-fire rendition. A very welcome guest is singer Adam Guettel Richard Rodgers' grandson in the warm duet of Rodgers' melancholy "Glad to Be Unhappy" with a brilliant orchestration by Don Sebesky. Husband John Pizzarelli sings with his wife in the humorous interwoven medley of Jon Hendricks' bop classic "Cloudburst" and Stephen Sondheim's "Getting Married Today," a real laugh riot arranged by Jason Robert Brown. Molaskey jointly wrote the bittersweet ballad "Cradle and All" with Ricky Ian Gordon, which features another fine orchestration by Sebesky. The only thing better than listening to this outstanding CD is getting to hear Jessica Molaskey perform in person.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607042226
  • Catalog Number: 422

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Cain't Say No (3:17)
  2. 2 Guys and Dolls (2:40)
  3. 3 Make Believe (3:04)
  4. 4 Stepsisters' Lament (1:51)
  5. 5 Glad to Be Unhappy (4:09)
  6. 6 Hey, Look Me Over (3:25)
  7. 7 So Many People (3:11)
  8. 8 Medley (2:54)
  9. 9 Growing Pains (3:32)
  10. 10 All That Jazz (4:21)
  11. 11 Right as the Rain (3:32)
  12. 12 You're a Builder Upper (2:45)
  13. 13 Cradle and All (5:29)
  14. 14 Goodnight My Someone (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessica Molaskey Primary Artist, Vocals
Larry Goldings Piano, Guest Appearance
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar, Drums
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Berger Baritone Saxophone
Hollis "Bud" Burridge Trumpet
John Clayton Performing Ensemble
Don Sebesky Performing Ensemble
Andy Fusco Alto Saxophone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
John Mosca Trombone
Lee Musiker Piano
John Pizzarelli Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Martin Pizzarelli Bass, Double Bass
Clay Ruede Cello
Pamela Sklar Flute
Shelley Woodworth Flute
Paul Woodiel Violin
Antoine Silverman Violin
Adam Guettel Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tony Tedesco Drums
Conway Kuo Viola
Ray Kennedy Piano
Pam Sklar Flute
Technical Credits
Larry Goldings Arranger
John Clayton Arranger
Jim Czak Engineer, Audio Production
Don Sebesky Arranger
Tommy Krasker Executive Producer
John Pizzarelli Producer, Audio Production
Hal Prince Author
Jason Gaines Editorial Coordinator
Jason Robert Brown Arranger
Bart Migal Engineer
Jessica Molaskey Liner Notes
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