The Standards

The Standards

by Gloria EstefanGloria Estefan


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Gloria Estefan always has had an element of cabaret in her act but she's never tackled that staple of the supper club, the Great American Songbook, prior to 2013's The Standards. Produced by her husband and longtime collaborator Emilio Estefan, The Standards plays it by the book, choosing familiar songs and playing them in familiar ways. Namely, there are plenty of syrupy strings and tinkling pianos, sometimes punctuated by the murmuring saxophone. Occasionally, Estefan shakes things up a little, adding a little Latin flair to "You Made Me Love You" or moving "What a Wonderful World" toward the parameters of adult contemporary soft rock, styles that suit her just fine without abandoning the concepts of the tried and true. While Estefan may not be extremely well-suited for these songs -- she doesn't burrow into their meaning, she doesn't surprise with her phrasing -- she sings them sweetly in a manner suited to the record's spirit. It's designed as comfort music, after all, so it should be performed in a comforting way, which it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2013
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0887654606426
catalogNumber: 546064
Rank: 10814

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gloria Estefan   Primary Artist
Dave Koz   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Todd   French Horn
Joshua Bell   Violin,Soloist
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion
Ed Calle   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Cole   Cello
Dean Parks   Guitar
Shelly Berg   Piano,Conductor
Gregg Field   Drums
Gary Keller   Saxophone
Alfredo Oliva   Violin,Concert Master
Huifang Chen   Violin
Scott Flavin   Violin
Carole Cole   Violin
Claudio Jaffe   Cello
Ross Harbaugh   Cello
Glen Basham   Violin
Robert Weiner   Oboe
Monica Cheveresan   Violin
Marcia Littley de Arias   Violin
Chauncey Patterson   Viola
Hernan Mulet   Trumpet
Scott O'Donnell   Viola
Chad Bernstein   Trombone
Evija Ozolins   Violin
Adam Diderrich   Violin
Rebecca Diderrich   Viola
Cisco Dimas   Trumpet
Miami Symphonic Studio Orchestra   Strings,Woodwind
Henrik Heide   Flute
Tomas Cotik   Violin
Lauren Borden   Viola
Glenn Loontjens   Viola
John T. Posada   Viola
Monica Biacchi   Viola
Christopher Glansdrop   Cello
Jennifer Kozbial   Violin
Valentin Mansurov   Violin
Svetlana Kosakovskaya   Violin
Maria Serkin   French Horn
Susan Bergeron   Cello
Jeff Adkins   Double Bass
Matthew D. Roitstein   Flute
Juan Carlos Peña   Double Bass
Aleksandr Zhuk   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Gloria Estefan   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Johnny Richards   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Emilio Estefan   Producer,Additional Production
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Daniel Freiberg   Engineer
Carlos Gardel   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bob Thiele   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Shelly Berg   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Alfred Figueroa   Engineer
Dave Poler   Engineer
Nicola Fantozzi   Engineer
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
Alfredo Le Pera   Composer
Eric Schilling   Engineer
Maria Grever   Composer
Danny Ponce   Engineer
John Turner   Composer
Rene Toledo   Engineer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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Standards 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
colo48 More than 1 year ago
I love Gloria Estefan. I especially like her mellower ballads and was prepared to love this album. However, it was a little bland and underwhelming.