At Long Last

At Long Last

by Rosemary ClooneyRosemary Clooney


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When Rosemary Clooney recorded for Concord in the '80s and '90s, her voice was noticeably thinner than it had been in the '50s. This isn't to say that she sounded bad -- despite her limitations and the fact that she didn't have the range or chops of her youth, Clooney could still win you over with her sensitive interpretations of lyrics. And Concord deserves credit for generally providing her with talented arrangers and musicians, as well as tasteful material (as opposed to the type of novelty items she was often given at Columbia in the '50s). On At Long Last, the singer is united with the Count Basie ghost orchestra, which is directed by trombonist Grover Mitchell. Although Clooney was a jazzy pop singer rather than a true jazz singer, the Basie band is definitely a jazz band, and it definitely swings hard on familiar standards like "Old Devil Moon," "Willow Weep for Me" and "Just in Time." Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" is especially revealing -- a demo of a young Clooney singing that standard in 1946 serves as an introduction to Clooney's late-'90s version, and one hears the contrasts between how she sounded in the '40s and how she sounded 50 years later. While the young Clooney obviously had stronger chops, Clooney at 69 or 70 wasn't without her charms. At Long Last is a likable project that united Clooney with solid musicians -- even if she was past her prime.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/1998
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431479529
catalogNumber: 4795

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Scotty Barnhart   Trumpet
Kenny Hing   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Brad Leali   Alto Saxophone
James Leary   Bass
Butch Miles   Drums
John Oddo   Piano
Bob Ojeda   Trumpet
Michael Williams   Trumpet
William Hughes   Bass Trombone
Count Basie Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
John Williams   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Alvin Walker   Trombone
Will Matthews   Guitar
Doug Miller   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Terence Conley   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Grover Mitchell   Director
Matt Dennis   Composer
Allyn Ferguson   Arranger
Peter Matz   Arranger
John Burk   Producer
Peter Doell   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
John Oddo   Arranger,Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Aaron A. Woodward   Producer
Allen Sviridoff   Producer
Earl Brown   Vocal Arrangements
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Tom Adair   Composer
Mary Peterson   Art Direction,Illustrations

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