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Warm Spring Night

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Philip Chaffin's first album, Where Do I Go from You?, was a collection of mid-20th century film songs set to big band arrangements, an appropriate throwback for a well-trained tenor perfectly capable of re-creating the vocal approach of the "boy singers" who populated the Swing Era and contributed vocal choruses to the pop hits of the day. For his second album, Warm Spring Night, Chaffin, whose background is in musical theater, puts together a more varied collection almost entirely given over to show tunes, dating all the way back to George and Ira Gershwin's "Evening Star" from the 1924 show Lady, Be Good! (a song that, amazingly, has never been recorded before) and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Philip Chaffin's first album, Where Do I Go from You?, was a collection of mid-20th century film songs set to big band arrangements, an appropriate throwback for a well-trained tenor perfectly capable of re-creating the vocal approach of the "boy singers" who populated the Swing Era and contributed vocal choruses to the pop hits of the day. For his second album, Warm Spring Night, Chaffin, whose background is in musical theater, puts together a more varied collection almost entirely given over to show tunes, dating all the way back to George and Ira Gershwin's "Evening Star" from the 1924 show Lady, Be Good! (a song that, amazingly, has never been recorded before) and all the way up to "If It Is True" from Ricky Ian Gordon's 2003 musical My Life with Albertine (the premiere recording of which has been issued by PS Classics, a label in which Chaffin is one of the principals). In between are a couple of songs from Alan Menken and Tim Rice's 1997 musical King David, in which Chaffin appeared as part of the ensemble, as well as songs from the 1920s, '30s, '40s, '60s, and '70s. For the most part, Chaffin eschews well-known numbers, preferring to put his stamp on worthy but obscure compositions by major writers like Jerome Kern and Stephen Sondheim. But no matter what he's singing, Chaffin always comes off like the young male lead in a musical, singing in a highly theatrical, somewhat mannered style that emphasizes the musicality of his voice and the material at the expense of any sense of true emotional connection. It's easy to imagine him performing in a revival of a '20s musical that calls upon him to play the earnest, innocent, romantic young man whose idealized love for an equally innocent young woman will be fulfilled at the curtain. It's a technically accomplished, utterly artificial approach to performing that shows the songs off to great advantage, while never for a moment causing the listener to suppose that he means a word he's singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607052720
  • Catalog Number: 527
  • Sales rank: 129,762

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philip Chaffin Primary Artist
Martin Agee Violin, Performing Ensemble, Concert Master
Jeff Carney Bass, Performing Ensemble
Jack Cavari Guitar, Performing Ensemble
Stephanie Cummins Cello, Performing Ensemble
Sammy Davis Jr. Piano, Celeste, Performing Ensemble
Charles Descarfino Percussion, Performing Ensemble
Glenn Drewes Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Performing Ensemble
Joyce Hammann Violin, Performing Ensemble
Al Hunt Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Performing Ensemble
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Bob Milikan Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
Brian O'Flaherty Trumpet, Performing Ensemble
John Redsecker Trombone, Performing Ensemble
Clay Ruede Cello, Performing Ensemble
Debra Shufelt Viola, Performing Ensemble
Rick Dolan Violin, Performing Ensemble
Rebecca Luker Vocals, Guest Appearance
Richard Heckman Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Performing Ensemble
Steve Kenyon Clarinet, Flute, Performing Ensemble
Adam Grabois Cello, Performing Ensemble
Laura Oatts Violin, Performing Ensemble
Mark Thrasher Clarinet, Bassoon, Performing Ensemble
Brian Miller Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo, Performing Ensemble
Barbara Biggers Harp, Performing Ensemble
Kevin Stites Conductor, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Kander Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Philip Chaffin Liner Notes
Howard Dietz Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Joe Lambert Mastering
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Alan Menken Composer
Richard Nelson Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Tim Rice Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Bob Haymes Composer
Jason Gaines Editorial Coordinator
Bart Migal Engineer
Ricky Ian Gordon Composer
Derek Bishop Art Direction
Mark Bakalor Marketing
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