Hummin' to Myself

Hummin' to Myself

by Linda Ronstadt
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Hummin' to Myself

Linda Ronstadt is no stranger to the Great American Songbook. Her bestselling collaborations with arranger Nelson Riddle in the 1980s --What’s New, Lush Life and For Sentimental Reasons -- found the beloved singer digging into jewels from the golden era of popular song. With Hummin’ to Myself, Ronstadt returns to the standards but scales down some. Here she utilizes small-group arrangements rather than the lush orchestral scores of the Riddle albums. The results put more focus on Ronstadt’s still-sumptuous vocals. Although she gets exceptional support from a stellar instrumental crew including such acclaimed jazz musicians as bassist Christian McBride, pianist Alan Broadbent, saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman, and flugelhorn player Roy Hargrove, Ronstadt claims the listener’s attention with her crystalline tones and unforced, swinging phrasing. She does herself proud on familiar material such as “Cry Me a River,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You” and more unusual choices like “Never Will I Marry,” “Blue Prelude,” and the title tune. Aging rock stars have been jumping on the standards bandwagon with greater frequency these days, for better or worse. Ronstadt, a pioneer at crossing genres, reinvents herself yet again and triumphs.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2004
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498605219
catalogNumber: 000088702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Primary Artist,Vocals
Warren Bernhardt   Piano
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Peter Erskine   Drums
Roy Hargrove   Flugelhorn,Soloist
Bob Sheppard   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Nash   Drums
Daniel Block   Clarinet
John Catchings   Cello
Mike Haynes   Flugelhorn
Trey Henry   Bass
Jim Horn   Tenor Saxophone
Jon-Erik Kellso   Trumpet
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Bob Mann   Guitar
Christian McBride   Bass
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Roberta Cooper   Cello
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Eugene Drucker   Violin

Technical Credits

Linda Ronstadt   Arranger
Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
John Boylan   Producer,Audio Production
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Cole Porter   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Isabelle Wong   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Art Direction
Monty Siegel   Composer
Jack J. Canning   Composer
Bill Hegner   Composer

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Hummin' to Myself 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is our best female pop singer bar none.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She has a lovely voice, but she brings her R&R tendency not to pronounce the whole word to her singing of the old standards. The truly great interpreters do pronounce the terminal "g". Indeed, they pronounce the whole word correctly in standard English. That's why Linda and Rod (who also needs a voice) will never be great interpreters of the Great American Songbook. But they will be laughing all the way....
Guest More than 1 year ago
No disrespect intended to the previous reviewer, but why is it that so many people (I guess they're the purists) think the Great American Standard must be sung as if the singer is teaching an English grammar class? That being asked, I went and listened again to this CD before I wrote this and I challenge the previous reviewer to cite specific examples of when Linda failed to pronounce necessary consonants during her performance on this CD. As a matter of fact, the first thing that struck me on first hearing this work was that she has obviously learned a lot about phrasing since her previous work with Nelson Riddle. This CD is fabulous. Linda is an artist. I am sure she did not set out to mimic Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald or any of the other greats. What she does here is put her own unique stamp on these songs. Her voice is marvelous; whether she is singing softly or belting. If you want to get a sample of how her phrasing has matured, listen to Miss Otis Regrets. I believe it is the standout track on this CD and one which could become the definitive version. However, what I like most about this work is that each track is sung with unique vocal skill. Although the voice is the same, the inflection and coloration is very different. The opening number, Tell Him I Said Hello, is sung in a very even manner with little vocal modulation; the emphasis here being her voice. Miss Otis Regrets is all about telling a story, so there is more attention given to diction and pronounciation. Blue Prelude is a true upbeat jazz song so the she gets very sassy. When she tackles I'll Be Seeing You, she employs her legendary vocal heartbreak, reminicent of her 1974 rendition of Heart Like A Wheel. If you don't get a lump in your throat listening to this track, I'd be surprised. The musicians accompanying Linda are top notch from start to finish and the entire CD is obviosly a labour of love. Bravo Linda. This is one great musical achievement.