Music of Harold Arlen: The 1955 Walden Sessions

The Music of Harold Arlen: The 1955 Walden Sessions

by Harold Arlen
     
 
This CD combines the contents of two albums released by Walden Records in 1955, The Music of Harold Arlen, Vol. 1 (Walden 306), featuring performances by Arlen himself, singing his songs and accompanying himself on piano (tracks 13-24 here), and The Music of Harold Arlen, Vol. 2 (Walden 307), on which Arlen's songs were performed by the vocalists

Overview

This CD combines the contents of two albums released by Walden Records in 1955, The Music of Harold Arlen, Vol. 1 (Walden 306), featuring performances by Arlen himself, singing his songs and accompanying himself on piano (tracks 13-24 here), and The Music of Harold Arlen, Vol. 2 (Walden 307), on which Arlen's songs were performed by the vocalists Miriam Burton, Louise Carlyle, June Ericson, Warren Galjour, and Bob Shaver (tracks 1-12 here). Walden, founded by Edward Jablonski (who went on to become Arlen's biographer), was devoted to recording lesser-known songs written by major songwriters like Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and Arthur Schwartz. The songs were performed in what was a contemporary style of the early '50s, small-band jazz arrangements tending toward piano/bass/drums trios, with the occasional addition of a guitar or a reed instrument; the biggest ensembles heard here are octets with a few strings added to the mix. Those arrangements were done by the estimable Peter Matz. Jablonski seems to have felt that he had no need to call attention to established Arlen standards like "Stormy Weather" or "Blues in the Night," while he was interested in giving greater exposure to, for example, "Halloween" and "I Love a New Yorker," both from the 1950 film My Blue Heaven. Among the guest vocalists, Miriam Burton was just then appearing in Arlen's Broadway musical House of Flowers, although she was not assigned any of the songs from the show. She and the others perform effectively. Arlen, making his first recordings as a vocalist in many years, proves an excellent singer with a supple tenor capable of bringing out the nuances of lyrics by his collaborators including Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, and Johnny Mercer, when he isn't displaying his piano capability on the instrumentals "Minuet" and "House of Flowers Waltz."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2001
Label:
Harbinger
UPC:
0632433150528
catalogNumber:
1505
Rank:
299126

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Tracks

  1. I Love a New Yorker
  2. My Shining Hour
  3. Come Rain or Come Shine
  4. Let's Take a Walk Around the Block
  5. I Wonder What Became of Me
  6. Can I Leave off Wearin' My Shoes?
  7. I Had Myself a True Love
  8. Fun to Be Fooled
  9. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
  10. Halloween
  11. Right as the Rain
  12. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  13. Hit the Road to Dreamland
  14. Moanin' in the Mornin'
  15. Minuet
  16. You're the Cure for What Ails Me
  17. It's a New World
  18. Buds Won't Bud
  19. I Never Has Seen Snow
  20. Evelina
  21. Last Night When We Were Young
  22. T'Morra', T'Morra'
  23. House of Flowers
  24. Hooray for Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harold Arlen   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Jim Chapin   Drums
Brown   Viola
Peter Matz   Piano,Conductor
Léon Cohen   Woodwind
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Danny Perri   Guitar
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Miriam Burton   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ken Bloom   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Harold Arlen   Songwriter,Composer
Peter Matz   Arranger,Musical Director,Orchestral Arrangements
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Bob Shaver   Contributor
Edward Jablonski   Liner Notes
Hirschfeld   Cover Art
Leon Seidel   Producer
Louise Carlyle   Contributor
Warren Galjour   Contributor

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