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Reflections of Rosemary
     

Reflections of Rosemary

by Debby Boone
 
The Debby Boone of the 1977 smash “You Light Up My Life” is simply a different creature from the assured, jazz-inflected vocalist who shines throughout this heartfelt tribute to the legendary Rosemary Clooney. Family ties -- Boone is married to Clooney’s son Gabriel -- reveal themselves in both the easygoing swing that Boone has obviously gleaned from study of her

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The Debby Boone of the 1977 smash “You Light Up My Life” is simply a different creature from the assured, jazz-inflected vocalist who shines throughout this heartfelt tribute to the legendary Rosemary Clooney. Family ties -- Boone is married to Clooney’s son Gabriel -- reveal themselves in both the easygoing swing that Boone has obviously gleaned from study of her mother-in-law’s work and the obvious affection that wells from this labor of love. Surrounding herself with superlative musicians associated with Clooney, including arranger John Oddo and saxophonist Scott Hamilton, Boone takes on such signature Clooney tunes as “Time After Time,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” and “You’re Gonna Hear from Me.” While never aping Clooney’s inimitable style, Boone is able to evoke Clooney’s special gifts as a hit-making singer who could nonetheless swing with the best of them. The result is a quality tribute, one that can be enjoyed for its own contemporary charms, while also adding a new appreciation of the artist being celebrated. And be sure to catch the “hidden” track featuring Clooney herself on a solo demo version of “Blue Skies” -- a classy coda to a classy project.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For those with long memories, Debby Boone's name will be synonymous with the monster '70s hit "You Light Up My Life." Reflections of Rosemary, however, represents a different Boone, someone who's lived a second life on Broadway in productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Sound of Music. In a broader sense, Boone's bid as a jazz singer makes perfect sense in the wake of Diana Krall and Norah Jones. Boone even offers a version of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," a song that reminds one of Jones' take on "Cold, Cold Heart" on Come Away With Me. If all three singers seem something of a throwback to say, Rosemary Clooney, then that's just fine with contemporary listeners. Reflections of Rosemary is well sung and tasteful, and should quickly find its place on mainstream jazz's heavy rotation play lists. The accompaniment is light on songs like "Blue Skies" and "I'll Be Home," allowing Boone's voice to take center stage. On "Mood Indigo," however, she's joined on the chorus by her three sisters for some stunning, Manhattan Transfer-style harmony, and "You're Gonna Hear from Me" is backed by a big band. Boone also borrows a couple of Clooney favorites from Frank Sinatra, "It Never Entered My Mind/In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn's "Time After Time." Reflections of Rosemary lives up to its title by offering a quietly reflective group of songs recalling a great jazz voice.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431228523
catalogNumber:
2285
Rank:
157796

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Performance Credits

Debby Boone   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rosemary Clooney   Vocals
Gary Foster   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Jim Fox   Guitar
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Dan Higgins   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Oddo   Piano,Musical Direction
John Pizzarelli   Guitar
Gregg Field   Drums
Laury Browning   Background Vocals
Cherry O'Neill   Background Vocals
Lindy Michaelis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Debby Boone   Liner Notes
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
John Oddo   Arranger
Allen Sviridoff   Producer,Audio Production
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Michael McCoy   Engineer
Neil Tucker   Engineer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Earl Singers Brown   Vocal Arrangements

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