I'll Take Romance

I'll Take Romance

by Beegie Adair
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I'll Take Romance

One reason that the great pop standards of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s are great pop standards is that they have proven versatile. Though usually written for Broadway or Hollywood musicals, they were taken up by pop musicians while still new, and over the years served as vehicles for jazz players before being transformed by Frank Sinatra and his followers in the '50s and '60s. They survive in thousands of lounges and nightclubs when they are not being performed in large venues. In undertaking an album of such songs, Beegie Adair is doing anything but re-inventing the wheel. With her usual trio, filled out by bassist Roger Spencer and drummer Chris Brown, she has turned in lightly improvisational versions of these well-known tunes, using chord substitutions and adding filigrees and other adornments here and there, but never straying from the melodies for more than a bar or two. And she has then hired an arranger to write some charts and brought in an orchestra to be overdubbed on the tracks. The result is pleasant, of course, but it depends on the joy of rediscovery to have any value, and these songs have never gone away. Record stores are full of CD reissues of this music from years ago that are more impressive than this collection. At the end, the pianist takes on "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" unaccompanied by her sidemen or the orchestra, and suggests that she might have done better to go it alone.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Green Hill
UPC: 0792755527023
catalogNumber: 55270
Rank: 183

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beegie Adair   Primary Artist,Piano
Jack Jezzro   Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Roger Spencer   Bass
Jeff Steinberg   Conductor
Chris Brown   Drums
Robert Spencer   Bass

Technical Credits

Jack Jezzro   Producer
Beegie Adair   Liner Notes
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Brent King   Engineer
Greg Howard   Executive Producer
Dan Rudin   Engineer
Susan Browne   Graphic Design
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Jeff Steinberg   Arranger,Orchestration

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I'll Take Romance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WindOwl More than 1 year ago
Wonderful romantic dinner music or a lovely way to unwind from the day! This is one of my favorites!
JudyOH More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely CD.. I play it at bedtime.. Very nice music. I love all the songs she plays. One will not be disappointed if you buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of Beegie Adair's music! If you shut your eyes, you can imagine yourself in a piano lounge on New York's upper Westside on a sleepy Saturday night. Wonderful!!!