The Cool School/Do-Re-Mi

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The Cool School remains the most complex and contradictory album in the June Christy catalog: a collection of children's music crafted without sentimentality or saccharine, it brilliantly articulates the confusion, isolation, and yearning that form the core of childhood experience. Equally surprising, the arrangements are the most direct and unadorned of Christy's career, eschewing horns and cotton-candy fluff to focus squarely on her crisp, nimble vocals and the Joe Castro Quartet's driving rhythms. Familiar songs like "Swinging on a Star" and "Looking for a Boy" are stripped of artifice to recapture their innate power and mystery. In short, The Cool School celebrates the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
The Cool School remains the most complex and contradictory album in the June Christy catalog: a collection of children's music crafted without sentimentality or saccharine, it brilliantly articulates the confusion, isolation, and yearning that form the core of childhood experience. Equally surprising, the arrangements are the most direct and unadorned of Christy's career, eschewing horns and cotton-candy fluff to focus squarely on her crisp, nimble vocals and the Joe Castro Quartet's driving rhythms. Familiar songs like "Swinging on a Star" and "Looking for a Boy" are stripped of artifice to recapture their innate power and mystery. In short, The Cool School celebrates the intelligence of children, and refuses to pander to audiences of any age. This generous two-fer release also includes another creative detour, Christy's fascinating interpretation of Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green's little-known 1960 Broadway musical Do-Me-Ri. The songs are lightweight but appealing, affording Christy the opportunity to cut loose and have some fun. Her trademark intelligence and sophistication nevertheless remain intact, stripping tunes like "I Know About Love" and "Make Someone Happy" of their over-the-top theatrics to focus squarely on their emotional underpinnings. Half of the record comprises an instrumental set led by Christy's husband, tenorist Bob Cooper, and featuring West Coast giants Buddy Collette, Bud Shank, and Conte Candoli; Cooper's efforts are no less impressive, adding depth and panache to Styne's featherweight melodies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094635101720
  • Catalog Number: 351017

Album Credits

Performance Credits
June Christy Primary Artist, Vocals
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Buddy Collette Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Cooper Bass Clarinet, Leader, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Gordon Trumpet
Mel Lewis Drums
Bud Shank Alto Flute
Pete Jolly Piano
Al Viola Guitar
Norman Benno Oboe
Monty Budwig Bass
Bill Hinshaw French Horn
Jack Nimitz Baritone Saxophone
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Adolph Green Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Leigh Harline Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Ann Ronell Composer
Jack Segal Composer
Bill Miller Producer
Roy Alfred Composer
Evelyn Danzig Composer
Chet Forrest Composer
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