The Art of Elegance

The Art of Elegance

by Kristin Chenoweth

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Overview

The Art of Elegance

Given Kristin Chenoweth's status as one of the great Broadway stars of the 21st century, it's a little surprising that she hadn't recorded an album of popular standards until 2016's The Art of Elegance. Teaming with producer Steve Tyrell, Chenoweth tackles 12 chestnuts from the Great American Song Book, adding the Tyrell original "You're My Saving Grace" as the album's coda. Lightly swinging and immaculately mannered The Art of Elegance is indeed elegant, an album crafted for the cocktail hour or perhaps a romantic evening that wraps up before the 10 o'clock hour. That's its charm: Chenoweth keeps her power in reserve, gliding through these familiar melodic phrases with ease, and she's matched by Tyrell, who prefers to keep his arrangements crisp and warmly nostalgic. Such soft aesthetics may mean that The Art of Elegance doesn't grab attention, but it wasn't designed to, either. It's meant as a valentine to a bygone era -- whether that's the time when these songs were originally written, or when they were revived in the mid-20th century is a matter of debate, one that doesn't need to be settled because this is a lovely little record by any measure.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2016
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072006850
catalogNumber: 00148
Rank: 3808

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristin Chenoweth   Primary Artist
Alan Broadbent   Piano,Conductor
Dave Koz   Saxophone
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Finnigan   Hammond B3
Jens Fischer   Violin
Jeff Driskill   Flute
David Finck   Bass
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Low   Cello
Sal Lozano   Flute
Bob Mann   Guitar
Mark Robertson   Violin,Concert Master
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Kevin Winard   Drums
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
Ed Howard   Bass
Paul Wells   Drums
Daphne Chen   Violin
David Mergen   Cello
Jon Allen   Vibes
Neli Nikolaeva   Violin
Jenny Kim   French Horn
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Songa Lee   Violin
Amy Tatum   Flute
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mary-Mitchell Campbell   Piano,Background Vocals
Sam Fischer   Violin
Heather Clark   Flute
Grace E. Oh   Violin
Daniel Levine   Trombone
Ashoka Thiagarajan   Violin
Kevin Connolly   Violin
Steven Zander   Violin
Daniel Oguri   Viola
Danielle Ordanaza   French Horn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Alan Broadbent   Arranger,String Arrangements
Ray Noble   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Steve Tyrell   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jack Wolf   Composer
Barry Coffing   Composer
Jay Krugman   Executive Producer
Woody Woodruff   Engineer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Stephanie Tyrell   Composer
Kristin Chenoweth   Liner Notes
Joel Herron   Composer
Jon Allen   Producer,Engineer
Carrie Smith   Art Direction
Mary-Mitchell Campbell   Arranger
James Hanley   Composer
John Turner   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer
Gian Andrea Di Stefano   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo
Frank Nadasy   Engineer
Nick Cavalieri   Engineer

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The Art of Elegance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this the first day it came out only knowing the song selections were Great American Songbook standards. What I didn't know was how incredibly gorgeous the entire album sounds. A modern take on some cherished classics, this CD is aptly titled the Art of Elegance. I've listened to it several times since adding it to my collection. It's a must for any fan of pop standards and music in general. A+