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Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael
     

Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael

by Crystal Gayle
 

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The reissue of the soundtrack from Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart in early 2004 reminded listeners of Crystal Gayle's considerable gifts as an interpretive singer in the American standard tradition. While Tom Waits wrote the songs, he scripted them in part to fill a narrative idea by Coppola, and in part for the inimitable

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The reissue of the soundtrack from Francis Ford Coppola's One From the Heart in early 2004 reminded listeners of Crystal Gayle's considerable gifts as an interpretive singer in the American standard tradition. While Tom Waits wrote the songs, he scripted them in part to fill a narrative idea by Coppola, and in part for the inimitable voice of Gayle. She topped the crossover charts in the 1970s, and has been largely regarded as a legend rather than a still vital performer despite the fact that she has expanded her vocal and stylistic palette. If there were any justice, this set of Hoagy Carmichael tunes would recast Gayle's reputation from that of a country singer to that of a consummate jazz and pop standards torchbearer. Heart & Soul offers proof in the pudding that Gayle has become one of the truly great American singers. In the grain of her voice lies the entire history of American popular song. This set was recorded in Nashville with a core band, but it also features full string, reed, and brass sections in places -- such as on the elegant "One Morning in May" and on the heartbreakingly lush "Lazy River." Elsewhere, as on "Lazybones" and "Ole Buttermilk Sky," the swing's the thing and is painted in different colors. On the former, the saxophone of Jay Patten and muted trumpet of George Tidwell ease the rhythm along. On the latter, fiddle boss Buddy Spicher, guitarist Mike Loudermilk, and Joey Miskulin's accordion establish that the swang's the thang. Gayle's reading of "Georgia on My Mind" is both reverential and revelatory. She recasts the tune in its original light and is added by the piano fills of Charles Cochran and the gorgeous saxophone lines of Jay Patten. Willie Nelson joins Gayle on "Two Sleepy People" as does a string quartet, and while Nelson's vocal isn't what it once was, it's still plenty effective contrasted against Gayle's. The album's final track, "Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind," which Carmichael wrote with Robert DeLeon, is the perfect fusion of rural American song tropes and the more sophisticated melodic sensibilities that Carmichael reveled in. This is a gorgeous set, one that reaffirms Gayle's artistry to be sure, but also one that offers the first really new hearing of Carmichael in at least a decade.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/1999
Label:
Intersound Records
UPC:
0015095936226
catalogNumber:
9362

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Performance Credits

Crystal Gayle   Primary Artist
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Jack Jezzro   Bass
Jay Patten   Rhythm Guitar,Alto Saxophone
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Charles Cochran   Piano
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Dennis Good   Trombone
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Mary Hopefinger   Harp
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Bob Mason   Cello
Denis Solee   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Liz Stewart   Bass
Bobby G. Taylor   Oboe
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Barbara Miller   Harp
Jim Ferguson   Acoustic Bass
Monisa Angell   Viola
Julie Tanner   Cello
Bruce Christensen   Viola
Cate Myer   Violin
Gerald Greer   Violin
Janet Askey   Violin
Ann Richards   Flute
Dede Jacobs   Viola
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Carolyn Bailey   Violin
Jeff Steinberg   Conductor
Chris Farrell   Viola
Jim White   Drums

Technical Credits

Crystal Gayle   Producer
Jay Patten   Director
Eric Prestidge   Engineer
Pamela Sixfin   Contributor
Valerie Behling   Art Direction
Bill Gatzimos   Liner Notes
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Declan Young   Engineer
Jeff Steinberg   Arranger
Javelina   Engineer
Kristen Ohlhaber   Art Direction

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