Lady with the Torch

The Lady with the Torch

by Patti LuPone
     
 
Musical theater star Patti LuPone rarely releases solo albums, and when she does, they often serve as the audio equivalents of the nightclub acts she assembles for the periods when she isn't appearing in a musical. The Lady with the Torch is one of those musical souvenirs, based on a concert she developed with

Overview

Musical theater star Patti LuPone rarely releases solo albums, and when she does, they often serve as the audio equivalents of the nightclub acts she assembles for the periods when she isn't appearing in a musical. The Lady with the Torch is one of those musical souvenirs, based on a concert she developed with Scott Wittman gathering together a series of torch songs drawn from the Great American Songbook of Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, and others. Frank Sinatra perfected this sort of concept album in the 1950s with such LPs as Only the Lonely, and LuPone follows the formula well in a distaff manner, giving voice to female characters who long for idealized love, cry over love lost, vow revenge, or decide to quit the whole sorry mess. Jonathan Tunick provides punchy, supportive orchestrations for a small jazz band, and LuPone sings with her usual fervor. The victimization and self-pity in many of the lyrics don't actually suit her, however; she is at her best getting her own back, notably in "I Wanna Be Around," and she deliberately throws in a few songs that don't exactly fit the mold, such as the sexy "Do It Again" and "So in Love." Still, it's easy to imagine her putting this set across effectively in a concert hall or nightclub.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2006
Label:
Ghostlight
UPC:
0791558330328
catalogNumber:
83303
Rank:
176734

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patti LuPone   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Beal   Bass
John Campo   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Lawrence Feldman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
John Gale   Trombone
Robert Millikan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andrew Sterman   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Paul Pizzuti   Drums
John Campos   Bass Clarinet
Erik Charleston   Percussion,Vibraslap,Vibes
Chris Fenwick   Piano,Conductor
Robert Milikan   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Woody Herman   Composer
Ralph Burns   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Larry Conley   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Truman Capote   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Scott Wittman   Director,Producer,Concept,Direction,Audio Production
Dick Gallagher   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Jan Folkson   Engineer
Kurt Deutsch   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production

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