CD Love Song * [099402472928] (CD 761823),
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Love Song * [099402472928]

  • 1. Let's Do It
    2. True Love
    3. I'll Remember Your Smile
    4. Come Rain or Come Shine
    5. Let's Fall in Love
    6. Moonlight Becomes You
    8. Midnight on the Beach
    9. All the Way
    10. Love Song
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 472

  • Credits

    Pianist Ted Howe's third CD for Summit is a bit of a switch from his earlier efforts, as he mixes standards with a series of original compositions with lyrics by Rebekah Miller, featuring jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates or film/stage singer Lainie Kazan on about half of the tracks. Howe's chops are never in doubt, as he has proved himself as a soloist and arranger with his previous Summit CDs and his compositions are equally engaging. But Miller's lyrics aren't all that memorable, though Gates makes a game effort and even adds a bit of playful scat to "I'll Remember Your Smile," though there is no saving the limp ballad "Midnight on the Beach." Kazan's vocals are more pop-oriented and she shows her age with a bit of vibrato in spots. Better are the instrumentals like Cole Porter's neglected "True Love" and a pair of tunes featuring Gates with Howe adding a vocal behind him, including an unusual setting of "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Porter's popular "Let's Do It." ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.99) - "No one reworks the harmonic patterns of standards with the imagination of pianist Ted Howe."
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