Sophisticated Ladies

Sophisticated Ladies

by Peter Appleyard
     
 
Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's Sophisticated Ladies is a feature for ten Canadian female vocalists, many of whom aren't widely known outside of their homeland. The rhythm section includes pianist John Sherwood and guitarist Reg Schwager, plus two veterans who

Overview

Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's Sophisticated Ladies is a feature for ten Canadian female vocalists, many of whom aren't widely known outside of their homeland. The rhythm section includes pianist John Sherwood and guitarist Reg Schwager, plus two veterans who add spark to any date, bassist Neil Swainson (who long worked with George Shearing) and drummer Terry Clarke (who has worked with countless greats). There are no liner notes to give background on the vocalists, each of whom is featured on an individual standard or pop song of yesteryear, arranged by Rich Wilkins. As a result, there isn't a lot of risk-taking and the music tends toward the predictable, though Jill Barber's seductive vocal in the funky treatment of "Love for Sale" breaks the mold. The up-and-coming vocalist Sophie Milman has gotten quite a publicity push with her first three CDs; she tackles Tadd Dameron's longing ballad "If You Could See Me Now," occasionally getting overdramatic but capturing the song's essence. Carol Welsman's playfulness comes out in the breezy samba treatment of "Night and Day," accompanying herself on piano in Sherwood's place. Barbra Lica is assigned the unenviable task of tackling "Satin Doll" and does a respectable job, though Molly Johnson's raspy treatment of "Sophisticated Lady" is unremarkable. If Peter Appleyard's goal was to simply give greater exposure to these Canadian vocalists, he has succeeded, though it could have been improved with a more diverse selection of material.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
Label:
Linus
UPC:
0803057015122
catalogNumber:
270151
Rank:
137460

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Appleyard   Primary Artist
Neil Swainson   Bass
Reg Schwager   Guitar
Rick Wilkins   Conductor
Carol Welsman   Piano
John Sherwood   Piano
Terry Clarke   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Chad Irschick   Engineer
Geoff Kulawick   Executive Producer,Personal Manager
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Ron Skinner   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Rick Wilkins   Arranger
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Brad Barker   Executive Producer
John Turner   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Steve Dawson   Engineer
Elizabeth Shepherd   Arranger
Chris Berry   Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Turner Lyaton   Composer
Doug Smith   Engineer
Anthony Monatno   Producer
Anthony Bigard   Composer
Will Show   Engineer

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