CD With a Song in My Heart [Wesla Whitfield] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 937722),
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With a Song in My Heart [Wesla Whitfield] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. With a Song in My Heart
    2. Spring Is Here
    3. Blue Moon
    4. It's Easy to Remember
    5. This Can't Be Love
    6. Little Girl Blue
    7. Manhattan
    8. Medley: My Romance/Johnny One Note: My Romance / Johnny One Note
    9. You Are Too Beautiful
    10. Thou Swell
    11. He Was Too Good to Me
    12. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    13. Ten Cents a Dance
    14. Glad to Be Unhappy
    15. You Took Advantage of Me
    16. Ship Without a Sail, A
    17. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    18. You're Nearer
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7040

  • Credits
    ProducerOrrin Keepnews
    EngineerPhil Edwards

    Personnel: Wesla Whitfield (vocals); Mike Greensill (piano); Michael Moore (bass).
    Recorded at Fantasy Studio A, Berkeley, California in May 1999. Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews & Wesla Whitfield.
    Personnel: Wesla Whitfield (vocals); Michael Greensill (piano).
    Audio Remixer: Phil Edwards .
    Liner Note Authors: Orrin Keepnews; Wesla Whitfield.
    Recording information: Fantasy Studio A., Berkeley, CA (05/18/1999/05/20/1999).
    Photographer: Jimmy Bruch.
    Arrangers: Michael Moore ; Michael Greensill.
    Nearly all the songs in Wesla Whitfield's CD of songs by Rodgers and Hart (or Hart and Rodgers, as she prefers to emphasize the considerable gifts of the lyricist) have been recorded countless times by jazz singers, not even tabulating similar songbooks devoted to one of Broadway's most gifted songwriting partnerships. But Whitfield makes sure she includes every commonly omitted verse, utilizing her powerful alto to mesh with pianist (and husband) Mike Greensill's innovative arrangements to add her own touch to each of the songs. Her inflections in the bittersweet "Spring Is Here" add a new depth to an already emotional song, while Greensill's perky chart of "This Can't Be Love" showcases Whitfield's playfulness. The phenomenal bassist Michael Moore adds a lot to this session as well; his matchless arco bass introduces the medley of "My Romance," which segues into the lively but neglected "Johnny One Note." While the productive partnership of Hart and Rodgers (or Rodgers and Hart for hard-headed traditionalists) is unlikely to be matched in the history of songwriting, the partnership of Wesla Whitfield and Mike Greensill is an extremely successful musical marriage that is always a delight to hear. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (10/00, p.99) - "...This release selects 18 gems from the prolific team of Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers. Whitfield's delivery is so exquisite that it should be bronzed..."
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