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Musicality of Kander and Ebb
     

The Musicality of Kander and Ebb

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by Kander & Ebb
 
The British JAY Records label has made a specialty out of recording studio cast versions of the scores of Broadway musicals; it has also put out some actual original cast recordings of shows produced on Broadway and in the West End. With that catalog, the label is able to spin off various artists compilations, including its MUSICality

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The British JAY Records label has made a specialty out of recording studio cast versions of the scores of Broadway musicals; it has also put out some actual original cast recordings of shows produced on Broadway and in the West End. With that catalog, the label is able to spin off various artists compilations, including its MUSICality series devoted to collections of the works of particular songwriters. The volume devoted to the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb is able to drawn on JAY's possession of the original Broadway cast album for The Act, featuring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera ("The Apple Doesn't Fall") and the original London cast album for 70, Girls, 70 ("Boom Ditty Boom" by Dora Bryan). Otherwise, these are versions of Kander/Ebb songs by contemporary stage performers, especially ones working steadily in the West End. The compilers seem to have tried to include something from most of the songwriters' shows and films, as well as unavoidable standards like the title songs from Cabaret and New York, New York. The choices can be a bit odd, as, for instance, the inclusion of "Nowadays" (by Caroline O'Connor) from Chicago rather than "All That Jazz," but this may be a reflection of what recordings happened to reside in the vault. Inevitably overshadowing all is Minnelli, for whom Kander and Ebb have written throughout her career, both for her legitimate stage appearances and her nightclub work, and such usurpers as Kim Criswell ("But the World Goes Round" from New York, New York), Susan Egan ("Maybe This Time"), and even tenor Sean McDermott ("New York, New York") seem to be channeling her in their performances here. There is more to Kander and Ebb than can be appreciated on what is really a representative sampling of their work rather than their best work, but there are still some excellent versions of some very good songs here.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288901225
catalogNumber:
9012

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Performance Credits

Kander & Ebb   Primary Artist
Liza Minnelli   Vocals
Kim Criswell   Vocals
Paul Gemignani   Conductor
John Owen Edwards   Conductor
Salena Jones   Vocals
Chita Rivera   Vocals
National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
George Dvorsky   Vocals
Karen Ziémba   Vocals
Gareth Valentine   Conductor
John Steward   Conductor
Paul Sawtell   Conductor
Sean McDermott   Vocals
Carolee Carmello   Vocals
Susan Egan   Vocals
Dora Bryan   Vocals
Matt Bogart   Vocals
Craig Barna   Conductor
Julian Kelly   Conductor
Jo Steward   Conductor
Caroline O'Connor   Vocals
Rod Raines   Vocals
70, Girls, 70 Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

John Kander   Composer
Troy Halderson   Engineer
John Kurlander   Engineer,Engineering
Larry Moore   Orchestration
John Yap   Producer,Executive Producer
Rexton S. Bunnett   Liner Notes
Fred Ebb   Composer,Lyricist
Alex Scannell   Engineer,Engineering
Paul Sawtell   Orchestration
Andrew Dudman   Engineer,Engineering
David Krane   Orchestration
Don Walker   Orchestration
Michael Gibson   Orchestration
Paul McKibbins   Orchestration
Craig Barna   Orchestration
Julian Kelly   Director,Orchestration
John A. Yap   Executive Producer

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