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Vegas '58 -- Today

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Accompanied by a swinging nonet, Keely Smith stirs up some big action at the New York cabaret Feinstein’s at the Regency, her voice and spirit belying this septuagenarian singer’s experience. Sounding half her age, Smith takes on material associated with the heyday of Louis Prima, the Vegas showman with whom Smith shared an act and, as his wife, a life. Smith can work the grand humor in the fun tunes with panache, but her underrated gifts as an affecting ballad singer are also in evidence. (Hear her splendid versions of “More than You Know” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?”) Keeping the audience in the palm of her hand through her personal warmth, displayed in the patter ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Accompanied by a swinging nonet, Keely Smith stirs up some big action at the New York cabaret Feinstein’s at the Regency, her voice and spirit belying this septuagenarian singer’s experience. Sounding half her age, Smith takes on material associated with the heyday of Louis Prima, the Vegas showman with whom Smith shared an act and, as his wife, a life. Smith can work the grand humor in the fun tunes with panache, but her underrated gifts as an affecting ballad singer are also in evidence. (Hear her splendid versions of “More than You Know” and “What Kind of Fool Am I?”) Keeping the audience in the palm of her hand through her personal warmth, displayed in the patter interspersed throughout, Smith proves that after a lifetime in the business she still has plenty more to give. As musically captivating as it is inspiring, this live album is a testament to good old American showmanship at its best. Louis would have approved.
All Music Guide - John Bush
The proposition of deep freezing a late-'50s gig by Louis Prima and Keely Smith with accompaniment by Sam Butera & the Witnesses -- which usually earned its tag, no small praise, as the Wildest Show in Vegas -- and thawing it nearly 50 years later is a risky one; specifically, it risks losing most of the energy that made the show so special in the first place. Nevertheless, when Keely Smith's booking agent, Allen Sviridoff, suggested that she resurrect the sound and feel of a vintage Prima/Smith show for a live appearance, she agreed. Recorded for the Concord label, Vegas '58 -- Today can't help but pale next to the real thing. Most importantly, absent are Prima's volcanic performance personality and Butera's powerful band; in the show, Smith functioned as a cool flame, an able foil for all the exuberant action going on around her. Her 2004 band is energetic and powerful enough, and they do a solid job of recycling some of Prima's own arrangements for his standards like "Basin Street Blues," "Lazy River," "Jump, Jive, an' Wail," and "That Old Black Magic." And Smith makes the date as loose as her old shows with Prima, laughing and giggling and even good-naturedly sharing her possible lack of judgment in trying to reprise Prima's vocal performances herself which she then confirms by performing them. She does still shine on the material she performed with the classic show, such as "Don't Take Your Love from Me," "That Old Black Magic," and a breathless closer, "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431226628
  • Catalog Number: 2266
  • Sales rank: 198,315

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keely Smith Primary Artist
Kenny Ascher Synthesizer, Musician
Jack Bashkow Alto Saxophone, Musician
Joe Cocuzzo Drums, Musician
Chip Jackson Bass, Musician
Jerry Vivino Tenor Saxophone, Soloist, Musician
John Chudoba Trumpet, Musician
Jim O'Connor Trumpet, Musician
Ben Williams II Trombone, Soloist, Musician
Dennis Michaels Piano, Musician
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Arranger, Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Billy May Arranger
Keely Smith Executive Producer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
John Burk Producer
Irving Caesar Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Josiah Gluck Engineer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Anthony Newley Composer
Leon René Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Carl Sigman Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Jimmy Corona Live Sound
Ted Koehler Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Clarence Muse Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Larry Shay Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Albert Beach Composer
Leonello Casucci Composer
Paolo Citarella Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Allan Roberts Composer
Seth Presant Digital Editing
Billy Rose Composer
Dennis Michaels Arranger, Re-Orchestration
Bobby Milano Producer
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