This One's from the Heart

This One's from the Heart

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by James Darren

During a career that's stretched for more than 40 years, James Darren has touched many of the bases in the entertainment game. He started in the 1950s when he was a teenage idol of the big screen, and then moved on to appearances on any number of TV shows over the ensuing years. One of the more notable of these appearances was his portrayal of a swinging 1960s Rat…  See more details below


During a career that's stretched for more than 40 years, James Darren has touched many of the bases in the entertainment game. He started in the 1950s when he was a teenage idol of the big screen, and then moved on to appearances on any number of TV shows over the ensuing years. One of the more notable of these appearances was his portrayal of a swinging 1960s Rat Pack crooner on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This wasn't one of those too-often-seen instances of miscasting: The man can sing, and this, his latest album, is telling evidence of his gift. Coincidentally, ironically, or whatever, Darren comes across a bit like another singer who began his career in the 1950s: the similarly surnamed Bobby Darin. And like his near namesake, Darren suffers from unfair and unnecessary comparisons to Frank Sinatra. It probably doesn't help matters that several songs on the album are strongly associated with Sinatra, including "All the Way," "Come Fly With Me," "Night and Day," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." If any singer with a style like Darren's were forced to limit his selections to songs not already done by Sinatra, the vocal pickings would be slim indeed. Darren has something to say with each of these tunes, and he says it well. That he is blessed with outstanding arrangements by some of the best in the business, like Alan Broadbent, Sammy Nestico, Tom Ranier, and the late Marty Paich, contributes mightily to making this session an enjoyable listening experience. The instrumental accompaniment includes appearances by some of the finest jazz musicians extant. On a midtempo "I've Got the World on a String," Darren is backed by a strong tenor saxophone solo by Pete Christlieb. "Sophisticated Lady" features Ranier's piano and the graceful, floating figures of Warren Luening on a Sweets Edison-like muted trumpet. Luening makes a similar contribution on "I'll Be Seeing You." Darren's rendering of one of Duke Ellington's most popular tunes stands up well with most interpretations. Darren is accompanied by a big band, with strings attached, on eight of the cuts. This group provides the background for very lush renditions of such standards as Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' hauntingly beautiful "The Way You Look Tonight" (on which Luening's flügelhorn is prominent). For the remaining nine tunes, Darren is backed by a small group of fine musicians, including Luening, Ranier, Christlieb, Chuck Berghoffer, Gregg Field, and Ron Escheté. Darren offers a legitimate option to the hip male singers of the day. His is a crooning, swinging style that reached its zenith with Bing Crosby, Sinatra, and Darin, and was carried on by the inestimable Tony Bennett and Darren himself. This One's From the Heart is an amiable 52 minutes of great music, excellently arranged and performed by a good singer backed by fine musicians.

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Concord Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Darren   Primary Artist
Ray Kelley   Cello,Celli
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Eschete   Guitar
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Peter Matz   Conductor
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Lee Callet   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Terry Harrington   Tenor Saxophone
Gwen Heller   Violin
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Warren Leuning   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jayme Miller   Violin
Sammy Nestico   Conductor
Bruce Otto   Trombone
John Pisano   Guitar
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Tom Ranier   Piano
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
David Stenske   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello,Celli
Bob Zimitti   Percussion
Gregg Field   Drums
Leslie Woodbury   Violin
Lee Callett   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello,Celli
Hershberger   Violin
Mimi Granat   Viola
Eve Butler   Violin
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Lou Forestieri   Conductor
Virginia Frazier   Violin
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Alex Iles   Trombone
Paul Cohen   Cello,Celli
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
James Darren   Liner Notes
Jimmy Bryant   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
John Burk   Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Sammy Nestico   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Tom Ranier   Arranger
Doug Sax   Mastering
Schmitt   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
George Wilkins   Arranger
Joe Parnello   Arranger
Bill Smith   Engineer
Alexis Davis   Director
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Albert Treskin   Art Direction
Lou Forestieri   Arranger
Bill Rogers   Arranger

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This One's from the Heart 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
True fans of Sinatra will be appalled at the lack of sincerity, range, phrasing and finesse of Darren's singing on this album. With the notable exceptions of one arrangement each by Pat Williams and Sammy Nestico, the charts are pedestrian and lackluster - like what one would hear at a mediocre supperclub. But the worst offender is Darren, who does NOT have the chops to do this material, no matter how suave his smile
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I've only had the pleasure of hearing 'It's Only A Paper Moon', but I never thought I'd enjoy it so much! I can't stop playing it. This is a good-to-the-core beautiful song. I first heard him on ST:DS9. I love his music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so happy I 'found' this while surffing on line. If you're a baby boomer you'll love this cd. I've had it for 2 days as of this writting - I've played it countless times already. This cd would make a great gift for the baby boomer in your life. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I first heard him on Star Trek: DS9, I fell in love with his music. It's absolutely by far some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard, sung by one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard. Keep it up Mr. Darren!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I saw James Darren as Vic Fontaine on Star Trek DS9 I have been hooked on him and people like Frank Sinatra. I never could have dreamed I would find a CD that has all of the songs ''Vic'' sang on DS9 but here it is!!! This is a MUST HAVE no matter what you like!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is full of wonderful arrangements of classic tunes. My husband and I play it every evening as we feed our dogs. As the music starts up and we start singing the tunes all our dogs start wagging their tales! This is a wonderful, swinging, set of songs from a very fine musician.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearing him on Deep Space Nine, I had to buy his cd. He is definately one of the best singers I've ever heard. All of the songs on this cd have immediately become my favorites and I can't stop playing them. I would recommend this cd to all fans of good music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved Vic on DS9 and had to get this cd for that reason and i love it.