This One's from the Heart

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431486824
  • Catalog Number: 4868
  • Sales rank: 13,063

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
Al 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 III 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
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YEA VIC!

    i loved Vic on DS9 and had to get this cd for that reason and i love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    James Darren is the best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the heart of a fan...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS STUFF!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Wonderful Mr. Fontaine/Darren

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moondoggie still has it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Only a Paper Moon

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a DREADFUL piece of garbage!

    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

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