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Dimming of the Day

The Dimming of the Day

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by Anastasia Barzee
     
 
Anastasia Barzee has carved out a career in the musical theater that has included several stints as a replacement cast member on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde, Urinetown), a West End show (Napoleon, playing Josephine), and numerous U.S. regional productions and national tours. On disc, she is best known in the U.S. for her appearance

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Anastasia Barzee has carved out a career in the musical theater that has included several stints as a replacement cast member on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde, Urinetown), a West End show (Napoleon, playing Josephine), and numerous U.S. regional productions and national tours. On disc, she is best known in the U.S. for her appearance on the original studio cast recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1954 movie musical White Christmas, having been a member of the original cast of the initial production in San Francisco, playing the part that Rosemary Clooney had in the film. Not surprisingly, on her debut solo album, The Dimming of the Day, she displays a warm high alto that is at times reminiscent of Clooney. But her song selections suggest a whole different set of female pop influences, mostly from the 1970s, including Kate Bush, Linda Thompson, Rickie Lee Jones, and Linda Ronstadt. She covers songs written by and/or associated with such singers, including the title song, taken from the repertoire of Richard & Linda Thompson. With the help of arranger Gil Goldstein and producer Matt Pierson (both, like her, graduates of the Frost School of Music at Miami University), she has come up with versions of the songs that either lean toward small-band jazz or have eclectic backings. Saxophonist Steve Wilson is so prominent on Bush's "The Man with the Child in His Eyes," the Bergman/Bergman/Legrand evergreen "Summer Me, Winter Me," and the 1950s ballad "Don't Go to Strangers" that he might as well be billed as a duet partner. But then the version of "Lilac Wine" features Goldstein's accordion in an art song reading. Barzee's professional training and theater background do not prevent her from giving emotive performances, particularly of Paul Simon's "American Tune" and Jones' "Company." She mostly stays away from material from the musical theater, a notable exception being Andrew Lloyd Webber's relatively obscure "Nothing Like You've Ever Known" (from Song & Dance). But the songs she's chosen from the singer/songwriter realm give her a chance to create characters, and the album suggests nightclub work as another aspect of her career.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558333527
catalogNumber:
83335
Rank:
273651

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anastasia Barzee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion,fender rhodes
Steve Wilson   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Greg Gisbert   Trumpet
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Lois Martin   Viola
Louise Schulman   Viola
Brian d'Arcy James   Vocals
Maria Jeffers   Cello
Kendrick Scott   Drums
Jody Redhage   Cello

Technical Credits

Kate Bush   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Rufus Wainwright   Composer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Lloyd Webber   Composer
April Smith   Composer
James Shelton   Composer
Meredith McCandless   Engineer
John Patrick Shanley   Liner Notes

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