Tribute

Tribute

by Barbara Cook
     
 

In October 2004, songwriter, arranger, and pianist Wally Harper died, robbing Barbara Cook of her accompanist and musical partner of more than three decades' standing. Not surprisingly, she has reacted by dedicating this album to him and including on it four of his songs ("The World Must Be Bigger Than an Avenue," written for the 1973 Broadway revival of Irene;…  See more details below

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In October 2004, songwriter, arranger, and pianist Wally Harper died, robbing Barbara Cook of her accompanist and musical partner of more than three decades' standing. Not surprisingly, she has reacted by dedicating this album to him and including on it four of his songs ("The World Must Be Bigger Than an Avenue," written for the 1973 Broadway revival of Irene; "I Never Knew That Men Cried" from the 1974 musical White Nights; "Another Mr. Right Left"; and "Sing a Song with Me," performed as a medley with Irving Berlin's "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," which she has recorded several times before). But the selection can also be taken as a tribute to songwriter Harold Arlen at his centenary ("I've Got the World on a String," "Out of This World," "Last Night When We Were Young") and to Arthur Schwartz's 1951 musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ("I'm Like a New Broom," "I'll Buy You a Star," "Make the Man Love Me"). And then there is a handful of great show tunes Cook somehow has never recorded before (Lerner & Loewe's "Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here" from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; George Gershwin's "Nashville Nightingale" from Nifties of 1923; Jerome Kern's "Bojangles of Harlem," first sung by Fred Astaire in the film Swing Time; Charlie Chaplin's "Smile"). In Harper's absence, Cook is accompanied by Michael Kosarin, augmented by a small orchestra. While there are certainly moments of sadness, particularly in "Last Night When We Were Young" and "Smile," that will call to mind Harper's passing to those aware of it, this is hardly a melancholy album, and anyone hearing it without knowing the context is liable to take it simply as another Barbara Cook album in which her sweet voice caresses another set of high-quality songs mostly borrowed from vintage musicals in a mixture of standards and little-known gems.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471149326
catalogNumber:
91493
Rank:
340362

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Primary Artist
Jay Berliner   Banjo,Guitar
Dennis Anderson   Clarinet
Diane Barere   Cello
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
John Redsecker   Drums
Laura Seaton   Violin
Roger Wendt   French Horn
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Bob Zubrycki   Violin
Christoph Franzgrote   Violin
Michael Kosarin   Piano
Antoine Silverman   Violin,Soloist
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Helen Campo   Flute
Fritz Krakowski   Violin
Peter Donovan   Bass
Sean Carney   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Barbara Cook   Liner Notes
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mike Martin   Cover Photo
Jerome Kern   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Producer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jack Lloyd   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
David Zippel   Composer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Michael Kosarin   Arranger,Music Direction
Wally Harper   Arranger,Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Anthony Ruotolo   Digital Editing
LuAnn Graffeo Blonkowski   Art Direction
Daniel Troob   Orchestration
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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