Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings

Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings

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by Fred Astaire

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Polygram Records


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Primary Artist,Vocals,Dancer
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Ray Brown   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Lowell Frank   Engineer
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Peter Pullman   Contributor,Notes Editing
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
David Lau   Director
Nausica Loukakos   Contributor
Gary N. Mayo   Mastering
J.R. Taylor   Liner Notes

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Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Thornewingo More than 1 year ago
Legend holds that an early RKO Pictures screen test for Fred Astaire read "Can't sing. Can't act. Balding. Can dance a little." By 1952 when the songs on this CD were first committed to wax for "The Astaire Story," he had become a screen legend with an honarary Academy Award, bestowed for "for his unique artistry and his contributions to the technique of musical pictures." Unique indeed, as there's never been a "New Astaire." What he does with these songs, 17 standards largely culled from his 30s and 40s movie musicals, is make them his own. There's not a drop of schmaltz here, yet the warmth astounds. There's no melodrama in his crooning, which is a good thing, although there is richness to his tone and color in his phrasing. His voice also matches perfectly with Oscar Peterson's quintet. The effect -- given the hit-after-hit playlist, the stripped-down swing of the band, and overall elegance of the work -- is of a cocktail party in heaven. You should go.
debbyw More than 1 year ago
I am sorry to say..I was extremely disappointed with this CD. This is not the original music from "THE GAY DIVORCEE." True Fred Astaire fans don't want to hear substitutes.