Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

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by Hoagy Carmichael
     
 
This project in tribute to composer Hoagy Carmichael is a true labor of love, as trumpeter Dick Sudhalter and friends explore a host of Carmichael's songs -- famous, obscure, and in between. The cast of musicians and singers changes from track to track, with trombonist Tom Artin and reed player Dan Levinson; a

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This project in tribute to composer Hoagy Carmichael is a true labor of love, as trumpeter Dick Sudhalter and friends explore a host of Carmichael's songs -- famous, obscure, and in between. The cast of musicians and singers changes from track to track, with trombonist Tom Artin and reed player Dan Levinson; a solid rhythm section including either Benny Aronov or Bob Dorough on piano, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Jim Ferguson, and drummer Joe Cocuzzo; and arrangements by either Sy Johnson or Keith Nichols. Dorough is at his best with a very campy vocal in "New Orleans." The sweet southern voice of Ferguson in "Georgia on My Mind" is combined in a warm medley with Barbara Lea's beautiful interpretation of "Can't Get Indiana off My Mind," while they exchange vocals in a mesmerizing take of Carmichael's best-known work, "Star Dust." Unfortunately, the duet between the craggy-voiced Dorough and Lea in an old-fashioned waltz arrangement doesn't quite come off. The playful treatment of the little-known "What Kind o' Man Is You" (with lyrics by Carmichael) features Lea supported by Ferguson's swinging bass and Sudhalter's delicious muted trumpet. Instrumentals aren't ignored, with a gently loping "Snowball" and a classic jazz chestnut "Manhattan Rag." This well-conceived project should be considered essential by anyone who enjoys the works of the great Hoagy Carmichael.

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Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917323122
catalogNumber:
73231

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Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Zal More than 1 year ago
What convinced me to buy this CD is its inclusion of "rare songs" by this composer. I was actually hesitant at first since I already have the 2 volumes of "Hoagy's Children" - again, a tribute album by the same interpreters composed of the aptly titled sibling trinity of Barbara Lea, Bob Dorough and Jim Ferguson. I thought this was culled as something of the "Best of..." from those albums but it was entirely new and different. Different it was and honestly a more beloved treatment, a more intimate one. Hoagy's unofficial anthem, "Stardust," is almost given a seven-minute treatment. I would say this is the one of the best interpretations of this sacrosanct selection from the Great American Popular Songs pantheon with the 3 singers doing it separately and with Dan Levison's silky sax joining in. It is utterly sublime listening to it! Now it makes sense to me the song "Can't Get Indiana off My Mind" not only with the literature inserted explaining Hoagy's nostalgic yearning of his childhood memories in Bloomington, Indiana after that Stalinist-like exodus to Montana by his father of a sudden rush to move for his family's economic survival. Barbara's rendition makes it more haunting as the title suggest. And yes, the rare songs were sung in a manner that can really raised them to a "standards" level and I wont be surprised if a number of crooners will be including it in their repertoire much like the proliferation of songs like "You're Nearer" and "Young and Foolish" quite recently. I hope "Moonburn" would be sung more often since it deserves to be among his best.