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by Susannah McCorkle
     
 
The late Susannah McCorkle became a beacon on the modern cabaret scene as much through her exquisite taste in repertoire as by her considerable vocal talents. McCorkle always knew exactly what kind of song would be exactly right for her limited range -- be it a time-honored standard or a contemporary classic-in-the-making -- and allow her to exhibit her brilliant

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The late Susannah McCorkle became a beacon on the modern cabaret scene as much through her exquisite taste in repertoire as by her considerable vocal talents. McCorkle always knew exactly what kind of song would be exactly right for her limited range -- be it a time-honored standard or a contemporary classic-in-the-making -- and allow her to exhibit her brilliant interpretive powers. For McCorkle had the ability to drill into a song’s expressive core, extracting all the pertinent sentiment it had to offer. This posthumous collection covers wide and satisfying ground. There are Brazilian songs (Jobim’s “Waters of March,” "P'rá Machucar Meu Coração," ”Manhã de Carnaval"), American Songbook gems (“For All We Know,” “I Thought About You,” “Thanks for the Memory”), and high-quality songs of recent vintage (Rupert Hines’s” People That You Never Get to Love,” Dave Frishberg’s “Quality Time”). Each is handled with the sincerity and openhearted expressivity that this special artist brought to all of her best work.

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
There's something incredibly tragic and ironic in the strange reality that finds a beloved jazz singer taking her own life just after compiling a collection of her best loved interpretations. So loved by so many, but perhaps -- as she wrote in her liner notes for her wistful reading of "If I Only Had a Heart" -- she was one of those people who "have trouble experiencing their own emotions and yearn to feel something, anything." Also in this spirited mix of classics is "Look For the Silver Lining," and her version is, of course, cheery. But morbid ironies aside, this disc shows her amazing diversity as her crystal, smoky voice tackled Brazilian ("The Waters of March" and "Manha De Carnaval," sung completely in Portuguese), musical comedy (Dave Frishberg's "Quality Time") and traditional jazz ("I Thought About You"). These songs were selected from her prolific output of some two hundred recorded performances, spotlighting 14 songs best loved by her fans around the world. Now, of course, it's a parting gift, made all the more poignant by McCorkle's written reflections on the album sleeve. Her personal tragedy will certainly draw in listeners who might not otherwise have known about her, but as her longtime fans knew, for her, it was all about communicating the song to her appreciative audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2001
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431497622
catalogNumber:
4976
Rank:
81570

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