Reflections of Rosemary

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The Debby Boone of the 1977 smash “You Light Up My Life” is simply a different creature from the assured, jazz-inflected vocalist who shines throughout this heartfelt tribute to the legendary Rosemary Clooney. Family ties -- Boone is married to Clooney’s son Gabriel -- reveal themselves in both the easygoing swing that Boone has obviously gleaned from study of her mother-in-law’s work and the obvious affection that wells from this labor of love. Surrounding herself with superlative musicians associated with Clooney, including arranger John Oddo and saxophonist Scott Hamilton, Boone takes on such signature Clooney tunes as “Time After Time,” “It Might as Well Be ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The Debby Boone of the 1977 smash “You Light Up My Life” is simply a different creature from the assured, jazz-inflected vocalist who shines throughout this heartfelt tribute to the legendary Rosemary Clooney. Family ties -- Boone is married to Clooney’s son Gabriel -- reveal themselves in both the easygoing swing that Boone has obviously gleaned from study of her mother-in-law’s work and the obvious affection that wells from this labor of love. Surrounding herself with superlative musicians associated with Clooney, including arranger John Oddo and saxophonist Scott Hamilton, Boone takes on such signature Clooney tunes as “Time After Time,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” and “You’re Gonna Hear from Me.” While never aping Clooney’s inimitable style, Boone is able to evoke Clooney’s special gifts as a hit-making singer who could nonetheless swing with the best of them. The result is a quality tribute, one that can be enjoyed for its own contemporary charms, while also adding a new appreciation of the artist being celebrated. And be sure to catch the “hidden” track featuring Clooney herself on a solo demo version of “Blue Skies” -- a classy coda to a classy project.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For those with long memories, Debby Boone's name will be synonymous with the monster '70s hit "You Light Up My Life." Reflections of Rosemary, however, represents a different Boone, someone who's lived a second life on Broadway in productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Sound of Music. In a broader sense, Boone's bid as a jazz singer makes perfect sense in the wake of Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Boone even offers a version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," a song that reminds one of Jones' take on "Cold, Cold Heart" on Come Away With Me. If all three singers seem something of a throwback to say, Rosemary Clooney, then that's just fine with contemporary listeners. Reflections of Rosemary is well sung and tasteful, and should quickly find its place on mainstream jazz's heavy rotation play lists. The accompaniment is light on songs like "Blue Skies" and "I'll Be Home," allowing Boone's voice to take center stage. On "Mood Indigo," however, she's joined on the chorus by her three sisters for some stunning, Manhattan Transfer-style harmony, and "You're Gonna Hear from Me" is backed by a big band. Boone also borrows a couple of Clooney favorites from Frank Sinatra, "It Never Entered My Mind/In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's "Time After Time." Reflections of Rosemary lives up to its title by offering a quietly reflective group of songs recalling a great jazz voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431228523
  • Catalog Number: 2285
  • Sales rank: 69,454

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Debby Boone Primary Artist, Vocals
Rosemary Clooney Vocals
Gary Foster Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Scott Hamilton Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Jim Fox Guitar
Daniel Greco Percussion
Dan Higgins Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Warren Luening Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Oddo Piano, Musical Direction
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Laury Browning Background Vocals
Cherry O'Neill Background Vocals
Lindy Michaelis Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Debby Boone Liner Notes
Leslie Ann Jones Engineer
John Oddo Arranger
Allen Sviridoff Producer, Audio Production
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Michael McCoy Engineer
Neil Tucker Engineer
Seth Presant Engineer, Mastering
Earl Singers Brown Vocal Arrangements
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