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The Maury Yeston Songbook

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For a songwriter who has won two Tony Awards for best score Nine and Titanic, Maury Yeston has flown surprisingly far under the radar, relatively little-known even among musical theater fans. That he is not famous with the general public is understandable just because he has worked in an age when show tunes don't tend to get on the hit parade, and when cast albums only occasionally get in the charts. His lack of renown within the theater crowd has to do with his infrequent appearances on Broadway Nine came in 1982, Titanic in 1997, with only Grand Hotel, to which Yeston added material to an existing score, in between in 1989, and to his remove from the scene as an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For a songwriter who has won two Tony Awards for best score Nine and Titanic, Maury Yeston has flown surprisingly far under the radar, relatively little-known even among musical theater fans. That he is not famous with the general public is understandable just because he has worked in an age when show tunes don't tend to get on the hit parade, and when cast albums only occasionally get in the charts. His lack of renown within the theater crowd has to do with his infrequent appearances on Broadway Nine came in 1982, Titanic in 1997, with only Grand Hotel, to which Yeston added material to an existing score, in between in 1989, and to his remove from the scene as an academic who seems to deliberately maintain a low public profile. Tommy Krasker, co-founder of PS Classics and producer of The Maury Yeston Songbook, seeks to increase the exposure of Yeston's work, at least insofar as it may relate to getting his songs performed more on the nightclub circuit. At least that's what appears to be the case from his selections for the album and the arrangements, orchestrations, and vocal performances Krasker has commissioned for it. Of the 20 selections, a full half -- five each -- come from two sources, Nine, which is, essentially, a score devoted to individual showcase numbers for women vying for the attention of the male lead character that character's big song, the witty patter tune "Guido's Song," is not included, and December Songs, a song cycle Yeston wrote for the 1991 centennial of Carnegie Hall that is also a series of showcase numbers for women not that women always sing them here. Meanwhile, Krasker has avoided almost entirely the score of Titanic, which consists mostly of plot-based choral numbers there's only one song, "No Moon", and completely left out anything from Yeston's concept album Goya…A Life in Song, even though one of its songs, "Till I Loved You," was the composer's only Top 40 hit in a cover version by Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson. As a result, the listener is treated to one emotive performance after another of sincere, emotional songs sung earnestly in cabaret style by a succession of stage and nightclub veterans including Betty Buckley, Liz Callaway, Christine Ebersole, Sutton Foster, and Alice Ripley. Context is eliminated; "My True Love," for example, the song written to be sung by the character of Christine in Yeston's Phantom a less-well-known version of The Phantom of the Opera just before she unmasks the Phantom, is here sung by a man, Philip Chaffin. On the other hand, "New Words," a song that has emerged from Yeston's much revised Off-Broadway show now known as In the Beginning as a favorite of women singers, since it is sung by a parent to a child, is here essayed, as it is in the musical, by a man, Brent Barrett, but not as well as women including Callaway have done it previously. Listeners coming to Yeston with only a slight familiarity with his music will think him a passionate writer on the basis of these selections and performances, and he is. But there's also much more to him as a composer than what is heard here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607031022
  • Catalog Number: 310
  • Sales rank: 86,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My True Love - Alice Ripley (3:16)
  2. 2 Home - Brent Barrett (3:06)
  3. 3 I Want to Go to Hollywood - Sutton Foster (3:24)
  4. 4 Please Let's Not Even Say Hello - Johnny Rodgers (3:50)
  5. 5 I Had a Dream About You - Betty Buckley (3:28)
  6. 6 My Grandmother's Love Letters - Philip Chaffin (3:09)
  7. 7 By the River - Alice Ripley (3:24)
  8. 8 I Am Longing - Laura Benanti (2:43)
  9. 9 No Moon - Christopher Fitzgerald (2:32)
  10. 10 Only With You - Eden Espinosa (3:33)
  11. 11 A Call From the Vatican - Brent Barrett (3:40)
  12. 12 Simple - Christine Ebersole (4:33)
  13. 13 Unusual Way - Christine Andreas (5:47)
  14. 14 Be on Your Own - Philip Chaffin (4:08)
  15. 15 You're There Too - Robert Cuccioli (6:18)
  16. 16 Is Someone Out There? - Michael Holland (4:08)
  17. 17 New Words - Liz Callaway (2:31)
  18. 18 Danglin' - Brian d'Arcy James (3:18)
  19. 19 Now and Then - Betty Buckley (2:58)
  20. 20 Another Day in the Modern World - Howard McGillin (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John McDaniel Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
Betty Buckley Vocals
Martin Agee Violin
Robert Carlisle Horn
Jeff Carney Bass
Philip Chaffin Vocals
Glenn Drewes Trumpet
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Shannon Ford Percussion, Drums
Joyce Hammann Violin
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Tommy Krasker Piano
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Dave Ratajczak Percussion
Clay Ruede Cello
Tracy Wormworth Bass
Maury Yeston Piano
Liz Callaway Vocals
Richard Brice Viola
Anthony Kadleck Trumpet
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
Maxine Roach Viola
Rick Dolan Violin, Concert Master
Christine Ebersole Vocals
Steve Kenyon Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Howard McGillin Vocals
Grace Paradise Harp
Xin Zhao Violin
Christine Andreas Vocals
Brent Barrett Vocals
Gary Sieger Guitar
Anthony Geralis Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Adam Grabois Cello
Alice Ripley Vocals
Laura Oatts Violin
Theresa MacDonnell Horn
John F. Rodgers Piano, Vocals
Laura Benanti Vocals
Dan Willis Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Mark Thrasher Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon, Soprano Saxophone
Joe Ravo Guitar
Brian d'Arcy James Vocals
Christopher Denny Piano
Michael Holland Piano, Vocals
Christopher Fitzgerald Vocals
Brian Glassman Bass
Sutton Foster Vocals
Johnny Rodgers Piano, Vocals
Robert Cuccioli Vocals
Eden Espinosa Vocals
Tony Geralis Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord
Randall Andos Trombone
Brian Miller Flute, Alto Flute
Keith O'Quin Trombone
Danny Mallon Drums
Michael Holland Piano, Vocals
Chris Denny Piano
Technical Credits
Michael Morales Composer
Peter Matz Orchestration
David Murray Composer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tom Lazarus Engineer, Engineering
Jonathan Tunick Orchestration
Maury Yeston Composer
John McDaniel Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Musical Director, Music Direction
John Costa Art Direction
John F. Rodgers Arranger
Larry Hochman Orchestration
Mel Curtis Back Cover, Cover Photo
Bart Migal Engineer, Mastering
John William Costa Art Direction
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