Stardust

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Pianist Bill Charlap has gained critical accolades and become a musician’s musician through his inspired work with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, and a host of others. Stardust finds the youngish stylist paying tribute to the work of the legendary composer Hoagy Carmichael. He’s assisted in this worthy endeavor by a host of prestigious guests, including Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn, Jim Hall, and Frank Wess. The two vocal performances -- Bennett on “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and Horn on “Stardust,” both in select form -- are gorgeous examples of the magic that can occur between singer and accompanying piano accompanist. The Hall and Wess tracks also find both ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Pianist Bill Charlap has gained critical accolades and become a musician’s musician through his inspired work with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, and a host of others. Stardust finds the youngish stylist paying tribute to the work of the legendary composer Hoagy Carmichael. He’s assisted in this worthy endeavor by a host of prestigious guests, including Tony Bennett, Shirley Horn, Jim Hall, and Frank Wess. The two vocal performances -- Bennett on “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and Horn on “Stardust,” both in select form -- are gorgeous examples of the magic that can occur between singer and accompanying piano accompanist. The Hall and Wess tracks also find both veteran instrumentalists playing with verve and reacting to Charlap with the telepathic communication he customarily elicits from others. The tracks featuring the pianist and his regular trio (bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington) are on a par with the sterling guest performances. A highly enjoyable project from an extravagantly gifted pianist.
All Music Guide - John Duffy
Though his debut on record occurred only eight years prior to Stardust, pianist Bill Charlap has become well known for his lush, poignant reading of the standards. On his second date for Blue Note, Charlap and his rhythm section lovingly re-create 11 songs by songster Hoagy Carmichael, and are joined by some truly big talents. Tony Bennett joins in on a spare arrangement of "I Get Along Without You Very Well," Shirley Horn graces an exceptional "Stardust" (perhaps Carmichael's best-known ballad), and guitarist Jim Hall's robust, muted tone is featured on "Two Sleepy People." However, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess damn near steals the show with his warm, languid playing on "Rockin' Chair" and "Blue Orchids."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353598525
  • Catalog Number: 35985
  • Sales rank: 139,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jubilee (3:10)
  2. 2 I Get Along Without You (Very Well) (6:39)
  3. 3 Rockin' Chair - Frank Wess (7:21)
  4. 4 I Walk With Music (5:03)
  5. 5 Two Sleepy People (6:38)
  6. 6 The Nearness of You (7:28)
  7. 7 One Morning in May (6:49)
  8. 8 Blue Orchids - Frank Wess (5:57)
  9. 9 Georgia on My Mind (5:44)
  10. 10 Stardust (9:27)
  11. 11 Skylark (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Charlap Primary Artist, Piano
Tony Bennett Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jim Hall Guitar, Guest Appearance
Shirley Horn Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kenny Washington Drums
Peter Washington Bass
Frank Wess Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Bill Charlap Arranger
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Joel Moss Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Ric Wilson Mastering
Darcy Proper Mastering
Jan Folkson Digital Editing
Burton Yount Art Direction
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