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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Throughout the history of recorded music, there have been generation gaps -- and one of the most intense was the musical gap between the World War II generation and the baby boomers. Many members of the Frank Sinatra/Jo Stafford/Glenn Miller/Nat King Cole generation were never able to comprehend the rock & roll, soul, and funk that their kids listened to, much like the boomers who have never been able to comprehend hip-hop. But one vocal harmony group that can honestly be described as a link between jazz-influenced traditional pop and pop
ock is the Lettermen, whose work was influenced by the Four Freshmen, the Ink Spots, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Throughout the history of recorded music, there have been generation gaps -- and one of the most intense was the musical gap between the World War II generation and the baby boomers. Many members of the Frank Sinatra/Jo Stafford/Glenn Miller/Nat King Cole generation were never able to comprehend the rock & roll, soul, and funk that their kids listened to, much like the boomers who have never been able to comprehend hip-hop. But one vocal harmony group that can honestly be described as a link between jazz-influenced traditional pop and pop
ock is the Lettermen, whose work was influenced by the Four Freshmen, the Ink Spots, and the Pied Pipers but appealed to fans of the Beach Boys and the Everly Brothers. And after more than half a century of performing, the Lettermen continue to make that traditional pop and pop
ock connection on New Directions 2010. This 2010 edition of the Lettermen isn't the classic '60s lineup; founding member Tony Butala is joined by 1984 arrivals Mark Preston and Donovan Tea. But the sound of the trio is very much the same, and the group still favors an easy listening approach that is jazz-influenced but essentially falls into the pop
ock and soft rock category. Joining the Lettermen on New Directions 2010 is the orchestra of Les Brown, Jr., whose father, Les Brown, Sr. b. 1912, d. 2001, led one of the top sweet bands of the late '30s, '40s, and '50s. Brown, Jr. co-produced this 46-minute CD with Butala, and true to form, the Lettermen find inspiration in traditional pop, sweet bands, and Tin Pan Alley as well as pop
ock and R&B. Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's Sinatra-associated "Come Fly with Me" and Johnny Mercer's "Dream" a major hit for the Pied Pipers in 1945 work well for the Lettermen, but so do Earth, Wind & Fire's "After the Love Has Gone" and the Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music." Although not quite in a class with the Lettermen's best '60s recordings, New Directions 2010 is an enjoyable and nicely executed outing from this long-running vocal trio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Encore
  • UPC: 015882070898
  • Catalog Number: 1003
  • Sales rank: 116,836

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Lettermen Primary Artist
Bill Caldwell Flute
Mike Cathcart Guitar
Jay DaVersa Trumpet
Randy Hamm Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Bill Hartman Trombone
Archie Wheeler Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Tony Butala Group Member
John Raczka Piano, Keyboards
Mark Preston Group Member
Robert "Bogie" Bohinc Guitar
Steve Charlson Bass
Lisa Casey French Horn
Barbara Gasaway Cello
Aleksis Zarins Violin
Alan Beeson Trumpet
Doyle Miller Trumpet
Donovan Tea Group Member
Dave Napier Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Darryl Ecsedy Trumpet
Dan Christian Accordion
Carl L. Harrison Violin
Carl Hose Trombone
Richard Ruhe French Horn
Pete Generous Percussion
Nancy Dygert Harp
Mike Carroll Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mike Baransky Guitar, Soloist
Kirsten Weiss Viola
Tom Rastorfer Trombone
Tina Sibley Violin
Ryan Hurn Drums
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Al Jarreau Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Foster Composer
Bill Champlin Composer
Tom Johnston Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jay Graydon Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Mary Ann Kennedy Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Don Raye Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Tony Butala Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Wink Martindale Liner Notes
Doug Haverty Art Direction
John Raczka Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements
Mike Talanca Vocal Engineer
Howard B. Wolf Executive Producer
Jana King Evans Vocal Arrangements
Jon Raney Mastering
Pam Rose Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
Don Ray Singleton Composer
David Ferguson Tull Composer
Paul F. Bushkirk Composer
Patricia Karen Bunch Composer
Pat Lynn-Patterson Executive Producer
Les Brown Jr. Producer
Todd David Cerney Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    They should have stayed retired

    I was really excited when I heard them on NPR with a new CD - I was a big fan in their prime. This CD is a disappointment. The song choice is odd given their type of music. I kept skipping forward hoping the next song would be better. But alas very few on this CD are the old Lettermen.

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