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Make Believe (2004)

Artist: Jessica Molaskey
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Format: CD
Sku: 63655694
UPC: 803607042226
UPC 14: 00803607042226
Release Date: 10/5/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. I Cain't Say No ~ Jessica Molaskey
2. Guys And Dolls ~ Jessica Molaskey
3. Make Believe ~ Jessica Molaskey
4. Stepsisters' Lament ~ Jessica Molaskey
5. Glad To Be Unhappy ~ Jessica Molaskey
6. Hey, Look Me Over ~ Jessica Molaskey
7. So Many People ~ Jessica Molaskey
8. Medley ~ Jessica Molaskey
9. Growing Pains ~ Jessica Molaskey
10. All That Jazz ~ Jessica Molaskey
11. Right As The Rain ~ Jessica Molaskey
12. You're A Builder Upper ~ Jessica Molaskey
13. Cradle And All ~ Jessica Molaskey
14. Goodnight My Someone ~ Jessica Molaskey

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Jessica Molaskey (vocals); John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar, drums); Adam Guettel (vocals); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar, drums); Antoine Silverman, Paul Woodiel (violin); Conway Kuo (viola); Clay Ruede (cello); Pamela Sklar, Pam Sklar, Shelley Woodworth (flute); Andy Fusco (alto saxophone); Harry Allen (tenor saxophone); Kenny Berger (baritone saxophone); Tony Kadleck, Hollis "Bud" Burridge (trumpet); John Mosca (trombone); Larry Goldings, Ray Kennedy, Lee Musiker (piano); Martin Pizzarelli (double bass); Tony Tedesco (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Jessica Molaskey.
Muze PNote Recording information: Nola Recording, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Author: Hal Prince.
Muze PNote Photographer: Bill Westmoreland.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Don Sebesky; John Clayton; Larry Goldings; Jason Robert Brown.
Muze PNote Veteran Broadway actress Jessica Molaskey's third CD for PS Classics is a mix of favorites from musicals and standards from the Great American Songbook, though many of these compositions have not been recorded much at all for quite some time. Backed by a band that includes husband John Pizzarelli on guitar along with her guitarist father-in-law Bucky Pizzarelli, trombonist John Mosca, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, and a number of superb New York-based musicians, Molaskey's acting skills come across even though the listener can't see her perform these timeless tunes. She sounds young and flirty in "I Cain't Say No" (from Oklahoma!) in a superb orchestration by John Clayton, while restoring the often omitted verse. She soars in the stunning strings and piano arrangement of "Make Believe." But one of the assets of Molaskey's choice of songs is rediscovering overlooked gems like "Stepsisters' Lament," making the most of its hilarious lyrics in a rapid-fire rendition. A very welcome guest is singer Adam Guettel (Richard Rodgers' grandson) in the warm duet of Rodgers' melancholy "Glad to Be Unhappy" with a brilliant orchestration by Don Sebesky. Husband John Pizzarelli sings with his wife in the humorous interwoven medley of Jon Hendricks' bop classic "Cloudburst" and Stephen Sondheim's "Getting Married Today," a real laugh riot arranged by Jason Robert Brown. Molaskey jointly wrote the bittersweet ballad "Cradle and All" with Ricky Ian Gordon, which features another fine orchestration by Sebesky. The only thing better than listening to this outstanding CD is getting to hear Jessica Molaskey perform in person. ~ Ken Dryden

Producer: John Pizzarelli; John Pizzarelli; Jim Czak

Engineer: Jim Czak; Bart Migal

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Original Cast Recording
Muze Music Compilations Original Broadway Cast Recordi
Muze Music Compilations Fine And Dandy
Muze Music Compilations Parade (Ocr)

Associated Artists and Works

Frishberg, Dave

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/05/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 422
Music Label Name Label : PS Classics/Image Entertainment
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00803607042226

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (pp.73-74)
- "Her dramatic chops come through on every track. That stage persona, supported by a valid jazz foundation, makes for a very enjoyable album."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Molaskey,Jessica
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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