Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway

Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway

by Klea Blackhurst


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Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway

Broadway always seems to be a good place to turn for a mother lode of classic American songs. On Autumn in New York, singer Klea Blackhurst does just that, turning to composer Vernon Duke's rich body of work. The list of lyricists Duke worked with is impressive and includes Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg, and Howard Dietz. Blackhurst is a lively vocalist and brings a carefree air to fun songs like "Taking a Chance on Love" and "I Can't Get Started." It doesn't hurt that she's joined by a talented ensemble that includes pianist Michael Rice, guitarist Greg Skaff, and Dan Willis on flute, soprano, and oboe. The group is filled out with a small string section from time to time, but the arrangements are never busy. Basically, they provide an attractive underpinning for Blackhurst's vocals, playing it nice and easy on ballads like "Sailing at Midnight" and adding a bit of pizzazz on upbeat numbers like "Dancing in the Streets." The centerpiece, of course, is "Autumn in New York," a song that Duke also wrote the lyrics to. Blackhurst keeps the song intact by including the opening verse, and the string section does a fine job capturing the melancholy mood that the song evokes. For those who appreciate the Great American Songbook, Duke's work, or lively jazz vocals, Autumn in New York is a solid recording.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558330229
catalogNumber: 83302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Klea Blackhurst   Primary Artist,Vocals
Greg Skaff   Banjo,Guitar
Dan Willis   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe,Soprano Saxophone
Ray Kilday   Bass
Amy Hamilton Soto   Violin
Michael Rice   Piano,Conductor
Denise Cridge   Violin
Amy Hamilton-Soto   Violin
Michael Rice   Piano
Kristan Cassady   Violin
Denise Cridge   Viola
Jennifer Gravenstine   Cello

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Joel Moss   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Steve Norman   Executive Producer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Jan Folkson   Engineer
Klea Blackhurst   Liner Notes
Noah Cornman   Executive Producer
Kurt Deutsch   Executive Producer
Michael Rice   Arranger,Orchestration

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