In a Sentimental Mood

In a Sentimental Mood

by Beegie Adair

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Overview

In a Sentimental Mood

Jazz pianist Beegie Adair's series of "romantic songs" songbook albums, devoted to the major songwriters of the interwar era (there are also titles for George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, and Richard Rodgers), tend to have photographs of affectionate couples on the covers, as does this one, featuring the music of Duke Ellington. That's a signal that the recordings are intended to accompany the listeners on their own romantic adventures, as much as express the feelings of the songwriters. (Indeed, the "romantic" designation is sometimes questionable: are "It Don't Mean a Thing [If It Ain't Got That Swing]" or "Take the 'A' Train" romantic songs?) Adair, leading a piano trio, is interested in playing largely faithful versions of the tunes, adding her own modest jazz improvisations here and there, as if she were appearing in a nice restaurant or a cocktail lounge, the lights low and the focus on the patrons, not the performer. Even when she is addressing the work of a major jazz figure like Ellington, she maintains this same approach, which means this album fits in with its brothers, aimed more at a casual listenership than hardcore (or even mainstream) jazz fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Green Hill
UPC: 0792755556320
catalogNumber: 55563
Rank: 68514

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beegie Adair   Primary Artist,Piano
Roger Spencer   Bass
Chris Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Jack Jezzro   Producer,Audio Production
Irving Mills   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Don George   Composer

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