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Easy to Love: The Songs of Cole Porter
     

Easy to Love: The Songs of Cole Porter

by Susannah McCorkle
 
Susannah McCorkle has long been a lyricist's dream. Rather than distort or alter the words she interprets, McCorkle (who has an immediately appealing and likable voice) brings out the hidden beauty in the lyrics. For her latest Concord disc, Susannah McCorkle sings 14 songs written by Cole Porter whose lyrics were among the most

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Susannah McCorkle has long been a lyricist's dream. Rather than distort or alter the words she interprets, McCorkle (who has an immediately appealing and likable voice) brings out the hidden beauty in the lyrics. For her latest Concord disc, Susannah McCorkle sings 14 songs written by Cole Porter whose lyrics were among the most sophisticated of the 1930-1960 era. The arrangements by her musical director and pianist Allen Farnham are quite inventive, with exuberant octet numbers (featuring concise but generally memorable solos from trumpeter Randy Sandke, alto Chris Potter, trombonist Robert Trowers, and Ken Peplowski on tenor and clarinet) alternating with more intimate performances including voice-guitar duets with Howard Alden on a slow chorus of "Just One Of Those Things," "Why Don't We Try Staying Home" and the sad "Goodbye Little Dream, Goodbye." Among the other highlights are lengthy renditions of "Anything Goes" and "Let's Do It" which find McCorkle singing every stanza that could be found (the former has many obscure topical references), a boisterous version of "It's All Right With Me" and an emotional "Weren't We Fools?"

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1996
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431469629
catalogNumber:
4696
Rank:
152375

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Performance Credits

Susannah McCorkle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Howard Alden   Guitar
Allen Farnham   Piano
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Robert Trowers   Trombone
Richard DeRosa   Drums
Steve Gilmore   Bass
Chris Potter   Alto Saxophone
Randy Sandke   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Allen Farnham   Arranger,Director
John Burk   Executive Producer
Richard DeRosa   Arranger
Nick Phillips   Producer
Alan Varner   Engineer,Remixing
Kent Judkins   Art Direction
George Kanzler   Contributor

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