Affair To Remember CD (2012)

Artist: Beegie Adair

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Label Green Hill Records/emi
SKU 234815345
UPC 792755586327
UPC 14 00792755586327
Format CD
Release Date 8/28/2012
Author Beegie Adair
Associated Artist/Work Aliquo, Don
Associated Artist/Work Beegie Adair & Friends
Associated Artist/Work Brickman, Jim
Associated Artist/Work Jeff Steinberg Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Paul, Jamie
Associated Artist/Work Steinberg, Jeff
Technical Info
Engineer Brendan Harkin
Producer Jack Jezzro
CatalogID 55863
Lable Name Green Hill
Released 08/28/2012
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 13s
UPC 00792755586327
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Beegie Adair (piano); Jack Jezzro (guitar, double bass); Mary Alice Hoepfinger (harp); Connie Ellison, Pam Sixfin, Carl Gorodetzky, David Davidson , David Angell (violin); Chris Farrell , Jim Grosjean, Kris Wilkinson (viola); Julie Tanner, Carole Rabinowitz (cello); Sam Levine (flute); Jeff Taylor (accordion); Lee Levine (clarinet); Ellen Menking (oboe); Denis Solee (tenor saxophone); George Tidwell (flugelhorn); Jennifer Kummer (French horn); Chris Brown (drums); Eric Darken (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Brendan Harkin.
Liner Note Author: Beegie Adair.
Recording information: Wildwood Recording, Brentwood, TN.
Arranger: Jeff Steinberg.
Pianist Beegie Adair subtitles An Affair to Remember "romantic movie songs of the 1950s" and fills the album with themes from '50s movies played by her trio with the backing of the Jeff Steinberg Orchestra. Adair is not so much a jazz player as a stylist. "I have always prided myself on being able to make a strong jazz tune out of any good melody," she says in her press biography. "My credo is to remain as true as possible to the original intent of the composer which means I don't mess around with the melody much." Both parts of this statement are notable. Of course, not all melodies, however good, lend themselves to the making of "a strong jazz tune," and not messing around with the melody much tends to limit the possibilities of jazz improvisation. Relatively little of the material on this album is jazz-friendly, sweeping as the melodies may be, and Adair doesn't really do much swinging. Rather, she is in the easy listening tradition of Roger Williams (though she isn't as demonstrative) or Liberace (though she isn't as ornamental), adding an arpeggio here, a note cluster there. Her approach is well suited to these pieces, which call to mind the romantic scenes of the films. "Moonglow," dating back to 1934, is something of a ringer, even though it was interpolated into the 1956 film Picnic, and so is "Fascination," included in 1957's Love in the Afternoon although it originated as "Valse Tzigane" in 1904. Adair professes great affection for this music in her liner notes, but it's too bad that she didn't think enough of the songs to list the names of the composers. (This oversight has been corrected by All Music Guide in the tracks list, however.) ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Affair To Remember, An (Our Love Affair)
2 Three Coins In The Fountain
3 Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
4 Bad And The Beautiful, The
5 Certain Smile, A
6 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White
7 Moonglow
8 Pete Kelly's Blues
9 From Here To Eternity
10 Blue Gardenia
11 Ruby
12 Fascination
Product Attributes
Artist Adair,Beegie
Music Format Compact Disc

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