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Love Is for the Birds

  • 1. Cup of Life (Cup Bearers)
    2. Steppenwolf
    3. Rhyme of Spring (Poetic Spring)
    4. Valentine
    5. That Magic Rapture (Rapture)
    6. I May Be the One
    7. Don't Go (Josephine)
    8. Tell This Poor Fool
    9. Just a Dream (Falando de Orlando)
    10. Love Is for the Birds
    11. Beloved (Daahound)
    12. Blame It All on Spring
    13. Frishberg and Dorough
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1101

  • Credits
    ProducerFrancois Zalacain
    EngineerA.T. Michael MacDonald

    Personnel: Meredith D'Ambrosio (vocals); Bob Kindred (saxophone, flute); Don Sickler (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Allred (trombone); Lee Musiker (piano); Jay Leonhart (bass); Joe Ascione (drums).
    Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, New York on January 22-23, 2001. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey.
    Personnel: Bob Kindred (flute, tenor saxophone); Don Sickler (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Allred (trombone); Lee Musiker (piano); Joe Ascione (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Doug Ramsey.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (01/22/2001/01/23/2001).
    Photographer: Lourdes Delgado.
    Arrangers: Don Sickler; Meredith d'Ambrosio; Lee Musiker.
    Singer Meredith d'Ambrosio alternates between trio arrangements (which she co-arranged with pianist Lee Musiker) and a sextet scored by trumpeter and flugelhornist Don Sickler, while also writing lyrics for all 13 songs, which are centered around the challenge of achieving and maintaining love. Her soft, cool-toned vocals are captivating, as is her ability to write intelligent lyrics that originate from songs by composers like Kenny Dorham ("Rhyme of Spring," originally "Poetic Spring"), Harold Land ("That Magic Rapture," initially called "Rapture"), Tom McIntosh ("Cup of Life," adapted from "The Cup Bearers"), and Clifford Brown ("Beloved," based on his well-known "Daahoud"). D'Ambrosio also wrote both the music and lyrics to six of the selections, including the haunting ballad "I May Be the One." She collaborated with Eddie Higgins (her husband) on the richly textured samba "Just a Dream (Falando de Orlando)" and Ray Passman on the whimsical but understated "Frishberg and Dorough," a fine tribute to two very entertaining singing pianists which intermixes excerpts of lyrics from each of the songs. Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

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