CD Something Wonderful: Songs of Oscar Hammerstein & Stephen Sondheim (CD 864784), Audio Other
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Something Wonderful: Songs of Oscar Hammerstein & Stephen Sondheim

  • 1. Something's Coming - (from "West Side Story")
    2. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' - (from "Oklahoma")
    3. All Through The Day (from "Centennial Summer") / Losing My Mind (from "Follies")
    4. Miller's Son, The - (from "A Little Night Music")
    5. Edelweiss (from "Sound Of Music") / Goodbye For Now (from "Reds")
    6. Two Little People (from "Carousel") / If I Loved You (from "Carousel")
    7. Not a Day Goes By - (from "Merrily We Roll Along")
    8. Something Wonderful - (from "The King And I")
    9. Don't Ever Leave Me / Can't Help Lovin' That Man (from "Showboat")
    10. Being Alive - (from "Company")
    11. Bill - (from "Showboat")
    12. With So Little to Be Sure Of - (from "Anyone Can Whistle")
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 109

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Boswell; Robben Ford
    EngineerDarren Mora; Francis Trouette; Jordan d'Alessio; Bert Schneider; Walter New

    Full Title: Something Wonderful: Songs Of Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim.
    Personnel: Anne Kerry Ford (vocals); Robben Ford (guitar); Gianna Abondolo (cello); Joyce Kelley (oboe); Brian Mann (accordian); John Boswell (piano, synthesizer); Nico Abondolo (bass); M.B. Gordy (percussion).
    Recorded live at The Plush Room, San Francisco, California; Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, California; Audio International, Ojai, California. Includes liner notes by Anne Kerry Ford.
    Personnel: Anne Kerry Ford (vocals); Robben Ford (guitar); Gianna Abondolo (cello); Brian Mann (accordion); Joyce Kelley (oboe); John Boswell (piano, synthesizer); M.B. Gordy III (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Walter New.
    Liner Note Author: Anne Kerry Ford.
    Recording information: Audio International Studio; Oja (09/1998-10/1998); Mad Hatter Studio; Los Angeles (09/1998-10/1998); Plush Room; San Francisco (09/1998-10/1998).
    Photographer: Henry Diltz.
    Arranger: John Boswell.
    Anne Kerry Ford is both an actress and a cabaret singer. The two specialties work well together, as the bread and butter of a cabaret singer is to convey to the listener the emotions and meaning of the lyrics she's singing. As an actress, she must be convincing in creating the character she is playing. To demonstrate her facility in cabaret, Ford has selected tunes from two composers who were very successful writing both for the stage and screen, Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim. Even though they are from different eras, the continued popularity of their songs proves once again that good music is ageless. Three of the cuts are from live performances, the others were done in the studio. On "The Miller's Son," from one of Sondheim's many Broadway hits, A Little Night Music, Ford is very dramatic and intense. In contrast, her soprano, clear as a mountain lake, sprouts wings on "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning." One of the more lovely pieces on the CD is the medley from one of the more fruitful of the Hammerstein/Richard Rodgers harvest of musical collaborations, Carousel. The presence of Gianna Abondolo's cello helps to create the correct mood. The gold star for accompaniment, however, goes to pianist John Boswell. In cabaret, the piano player cannot simply comp or insert well-placed chords. He or she must match the vocal posture the singer is taking with each tune, running the emotional gamut from strong intensity to gentle romanticism. Boswell does it with verve and lan. Also on the session is blues/fusion guitarist Robben Ford, who is also Anne Kerry Ford's husband. Ford carries on the great cabaret tradition established by the likes of Mabel Mercer, Elisabeth Welch, and others. ~ Dave Nathan

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