Sing Along with Mitch

Sing Along with Mitch

by Mitchel Forman
     
 

No, this is not an album on which veteran jazz pianist Mitchel Forman turns choral leader on a batch of cheery folk songs in the manner of Mitch Miller. Rather, it is a disc on which Forman sticks to his favored instrument in support of vocals. Forman once recorded an album in tribute to his predecessor, Bill Evans, and Sing Along withSee more details below

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No, this is not an album on which veteran jazz pianist Mitchel Forman turns choral leader on a batch of cheery folk songs in the manner of Mitch Miller. Rather, it is a disc on which Forman sticks to his favored instrument in support of vocals. Forman once recorded an album in tribute to his predecessor, Bill Evans, and Sing Along with Mitch has something in common with the duo LPs Evans made with Tony Bennett, except that Forman works with more than one singer here, and the repertoire is quite different. For the most part, the standards from the Great American Songbook favored by Bennett are replaced with soft rock evergreens from the late '60s and early '70s written by and/or associated with the likes of the Beatles, Kenny Loggins, Cat Stevens, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, James Taylor, and the Carpenters. Like any good accompanist, Forman proves to be well attuned to his singers' styles on these performances, and he tailors his improvisations and embellishments to what the vocals are doing. This means that, for instance, with a breathy, conversational singer like Lizzy Loeb, who does Loggins' "Celebrate Me Home," Forman is delicate and lyrical. Like Robbie Wyckoff, he is smooth and soulful on "People Get Ready" and Taylor's "Close Your Eyes." But when he is supporting someone who's more of a jazz singer, say Arnold McCuller on "God Bless the Child" or Joy Burnworth on "A Sleepin' Bee," he takes far more liberties. Burnworth may have the album's greatest challenges. "A Sleepin' Bee," from the Broadway musical House of Flowers, has been masterfully done by Barbra Streisand, while "I Won't Last a Day Without You" is the possession of Karen Carpenter. Burnworth succeeds in making "A Sleepin' Bee" her own by more or less coming up with a new melody, and Forman is right there with her. "I Won't Last a Day Without You" is another story, however, as both singer and pianist don't get far enough away from the Carpenters. On the whole, however, this should be an album for jazz and pop fans familiar with the material to hear it in new and different ways.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
Label:
Marsis Jazz
UPC:
0847108009708
catalogNumber:
1102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mitchel Forman   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Kenny Loggins   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Ron Boustead   Mastering
Bob James   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Mitchel Forman   Producer,Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Chuck Loeb   Engineer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Gretchen Parlato   Composer
Roger Nichols   Composer
Steven Santoro   Engineer
Lizzy Loeb   Engineer
Alan Hampton   Composer
Aaron Rappaport   Cover Photo
Nina Forman   Concept

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