Livingston and Evans Songbook

Livingston and Evans Songbook

by Michael Feinstein


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Livingston and Evans Songbook

There are major songwriters whose names are as well known as those of the singers of their songs, and there are others who are largely unknown, requiring a list of their biggest hits to bring their accomplishments into focus. The team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans fits into the latter category, probably because they wrote primarily for the movies rather than the Broadway stage and because their heyday occurred from the late '40s to the late '50s, instead of during the perceived golden age of the 1930s. So, here's the list: "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)," "Mona Lisa," and "Buttons and Bows" were their Oscar-winners, and among their other hits were "Silver Bells," "Tammy," and "To Each His Own." All those songs are featured on Michael Feinstein's tribute album, the flagship release on his new Feinery imprint for Concord Records. The album was made very much with the support of Livingston and Evans. Livingston (who died of pneumonia on October 17, 2001, at age 86) sings along and plays piano on several songs, and he and Evans submitted to an extensive interview printed in the CD booklet. The songwriters have also provided a number of lost songs from aborted projects that add considerably to their catalog. Writing on assignment, Livingston and Evans were versatile to a fault, such that it's hard to find a consistent style to their work. Feinstein imposes his own style, however, singing the ballads with his exaggerated smoothness and the novelty songs with appropriate sprightliness. On occasion, one wishes for more instrumentation and fuller arrangements to do justice to songs written with Hollywood orchestras in mind, but the intimacy of the songbook approach brings out the songwriters' craftsmanship well. Melissa Manchester's torchy performance of "Never Let Me Go" is a particular standout.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Feinery
UPC: 0013431310129
catalogNumber: 3101

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Feinstein   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals
Melissa Manchester   Vocals
Page Cavanaugh   Piano
Wayne Johnson   Guitar
Buddy Cole   Piano
José Ferrer   Vocals
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Jay Livingston   Piano,Vocals
Warren Luening   Trumpet
David Tull   Drums
Ray Kellogg   Vocals
Eileen Wilson   Vocals
Shelly Markham   Piano
Phil Mallory   Bass

Technical Credits

Michael Feinstein   Producer,Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Buddy Cole   Arranger
Ray Evans   Composer,Liner Notes
Brian King   Engineer
Jay Livingston   Composer,Liner Notes
Jill Simonsen   Art Direction

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