Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With an amazing catalog of songs that includes "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "I've Got the World on a String," "Get Happy" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," it seems a criminal oversight that Harold Arlen's name doesn't resonate with the public the way Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and George & Ira Gershwin's do. The soundtrack to Larry Weinstein's 2004 film based on Arlen's life, this selection of jazz, pop and rock artists covering key Arlen pieces shows an impressive variety and vitality, ranging from Jimmy Scott's stylized, sparse and haunting take on "Over the Rainbow" to Rufus Wainwright's heavily orchestrated and ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
With an amazing catalog of songs that includes "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "I've Got the World on a String," "Get Happy" and "Come Rain or Come Shine," it seems a criminal oversight that Harold Arlen's name doesn't resonate with the public the way Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and George & Ira Gershwin's do. The soundtrack to Larry Weinstein's 2004 film based on Arlen's life, this selection of jazz, pop and rock artists covering key Arlen pieces shows an impressive variety and vitality, ranging from Jimmy Scott's stylized, sparse and haunting take on "Over the Rainbow" to Rufus Wainwright's heavily orchestrated and effective version of "It's Only a Paper Moon" and Eric Mingus' screeching, funky rendition of "Get Happy." The performances are impressive, but the songs are the true stars here, as they should be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998788824
  • Catalog Number: 87888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Only a Paper Moon (4:42)
  2. 2 As Long as I Live (3:32)
  3. 3 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Chocolate Genius (6:08)
  4. 4 Stormy Weather/Ill Wind (5:20)
  5. 5 I Had a Love Once - Little Jimmy Scott (2:53)
  6. 6 Kickin' the Gong Around - David Johansen (3:27)
  7. 7 Last Night When We Were Young (3:11)
  8. 8 I've Got the World on a String (3:47)
  9. 9 Blues in the Night - Mary Margaret O'Hara (4:45)
  10. 10 Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day - The Dorsey Brothers (3:04)
  11. 11 Get Happy (3:42)
  12. 12 Come Rain or Come Shine - Sandra Bernhard (3:07)
  13. 13 I Wonder What Became of Me (3:36)
  14. 14 The Man That Got Away (4:05)
  15. 15 AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - Mary Margaret O'Hara (2:56)
  16. 16 Over the Rainbow - Little Jimmy Scott (2:56)
  17. 17 Stormy Weather (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Boswell Sisters Track Performer
Debbie Harry Track Performer
David Johansen Track Performer
Van Dyke Parks Conductor
Ray Anderson Trombone
Eddie Bert Trombone, Background Vocals
Peter Erskine Drums
Ranee Lee Track Performer
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Little Jimmy Scott Track Performer
Steve Weisberg Conductor
The Dorsey Brothers Track Performer
Harold Arlen Track Performer
Richard Greene Violin
Vince Giordano Bass, Background Vocals
Sandra Bernhard Track Performer
Joe Ascione Drums
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Steve Berlin Horn
Greg Cohen Bass
Jim Cox Piano
Tim Emmons Bass
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Background Vocals
Sam Furnace Baritone Saxophone
David Gale Trumpet, Background Vocals
Jack Gale Trombone, Background Vocals
Grant Geissman Guitar
John Gzowski Guitar
David Hidalgo Accordion
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Greg Huckins Saxophone
Fujice Imajishi Violin
Scott Irvine Tuba
Peter Kent Concert Master
Brian Koonin Banjo, Guitar, Background Vocals
J.T. Lewis Drums
John MacLeod Trumpet
Eric Mingus Track Performer
Roy Nathanson Alto Saxophone
Earl Palmer Drums
Mark Pender Trumpet, Background Vocals
Adam Rogers Guitar
Terrence Schonig Percussion
Lee Sklar Bass
Michael Sloski Drums
Sharon Williams Choir Master
Garo Yellin Cello
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Alastair Kay Trombone
Jane Scarpantoni Conductor
Edmund Stein Violin
Rusty McCarthy Guitar
Mary Margaret O'Hara Track Performer
Michael Melvoin Piano
Simon Fryer Cello
Rufus Wainwright Track Performer
Chuck Wilson Alto Saxophone, Background Vocals
Arnie Kinsella Drums, Background Vocals
Gerald Robinson Bassoon
Jay Rodriguez Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Vivino Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
James Spragg Trumpet
Perry White Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Bleth Oboe
Tex Arnold Piano, Background Vocals
Mark Promane Flute, Alto Saxophone
Steven Bernstein Trumpet
Jon Regen Keyboards
Shannon McNally Track Performer
Hawksley Workman Track Performer
Maurice Wozniak Euphonium
Ernie Tollar Flute, Alto Saxophone
Andrew Downing Bass
John "Woog" Johnson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Maxim Moston Violin
Rob Thomas Violin
Ron Lawrence Viola
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Steve Weisberg Arranger
Harold Arlen Arranger, Composer
Greg Cohen Arranger
Jack Gale Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Brian Koonin Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Roy Nathanson Arranger
Hal Willner Producer, Liner Notes
Jane Scarpantoni Arranger
Mary Margaret O'Hara Arranger
Eric Liljestrand Engineer
Rufus Wainwright Arranger
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Ted Koehler Composer
Milton Nelson Orchestration
Larry Weinstein Liner Notes
Steven Bernstein Arranger
Emily Lazar Mastering
Ian Cuttler Art Direction
Jon Regen Arranger
Billy Rose Composer
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