CD The Music of Randy Newman [Digipak] (CD 7029900),
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The Music of Randy Newman [Digipak]


  • 1. Last Night I Had a Dream
    2. Sail Away
    3. If I Didn't Have You
    4. Everytime It Rains
    5. Baltimore
    6. In Germany Before the War
    7. Mama Told Me Not to Come
    8. I Will Go Sailing No More
    9. Feels Like Home
    10. Losing You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MTM63

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Tributee: Randy Newman.
    Personnel: Roseanna Vitro (vocals); Steve Cardenas (guitar); Sara Caswell (violin); Mark Soskin (piano); Tim Horner (drums); Jamey Haddad (percussion).
    Vocalist Roseanna Vitro has had big ears when it comes to looking for material for her jazz record dates, investigating songwriters overlooked by others. This Randy Newman songbook is obviously a labor of love, interpreting the veteran composer's lyrics, whether sentimental or sardonic. Her band includes the seasoned rhythm team of pianist Mark Soskin (who also provided arrangements), bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tim Horner, along with the promising young violinist Sara Caswell (who often adds a sublime touch). The rich-voiced alto's rendition of "Sail Away" showcases Caswell to good effect. Vitro has a lot of fun with Newman's hilarious description of attending a pot party in "Mama Told Me Not to Come," with Caswell's whimsical licks complementing the leader's playful, outgoing vocal. The singer captures the essence of Newman's sardonic "Baltimore," though she transforms it with a brisk setting, adding guitarist Steve Cardenas. Vitro's dramatic interpretation of "In Germany Before the War" is also a high point. Jazz fans who grew up listening to Randy Newman will be particularly interested in Roseanna Vitro's novel approach to his music. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.64) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]er poignancy on 'Everytime It Rains' and the haunting 'In Germany Before The War' are near heartbreaking."
    JazzTimes (p.67) - "The gritty 'Baltimore' is effectively shaped of equal parts despair and hope....Most powerful, though, is her exploration of the heartbreakingly desolate 'Losing You.'"
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