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Romance After Hours

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Romance After Hours

“Romance After Hours” – The play list in “Romance After Hours” is made up of some of my personal favorite songs from the golden age of  lounge music. These are tunes one might have heard upon entering a back room bar in some long ago Las Vegas lounge.

Song List

Track  1 – “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime” – the song most associated as Dean Martin’s theme song from his TV show.
Track  2 – “Am I Blue?” – a great torch song – made famous by Billie Holiday.
Track  3 – “Go Away Little Girl” – the rich, swinging voice of Steve Lawrence did this song justice.
Track  4 – “Come Rain Or Come Shine” – such a great tune! starts in a major key, while the last line cries out in a forceful minor key. A terrific ending!
Track  5 – “Willow Weep for Me” – a tender melody expressing so well the loss of love.
Track  6 – “‘Round Midnight” – the great, brooding jazz standard by the renowned Thelonius Monk.
Track  7 – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – perhaps the ultimate diva show song.
Track  8 – “Blue Velvet” – this, to me, is the pinnacle of lounge songs. I performed this one regularly before David Lynch used it in his film of the same title.
Track  9 – “Sleepy Time Down South” – Tin Pan Alley’s best song of life in ol’ Dixie. Louis Armstrong’s theme song.
Track  10 – “Just a Gigolo” – originally written and recorded in pre-war Germany. Very existential lyrics.
Track  11 – “Summertime” – everybody’s favorite Gershwin song. This sultry melody can make you sweat.
Track  12 – “The Good Life” – it’s last call, the bar is emptying out, you’re a bit tipsy and pondering some of life’s deep philosophical questions – this tune is reflective of all that.
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Boulevard Of Dreams

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Boulevard Of Dreams

“Boulevard of Dreams” is a compilation culled from past recordings on the Swallowtail Records label. The good people at Swallowtail selected twelve favorite tracks (and included two new ones) to offer listeners a cross section from their “Cafe Series”. Here is sophisticated music with which to enjoy your moments of relaxation. Music to bask in though out your day and into your evening, especially with the one you love.

 

Song List

Track # 1 – “Falling In Love Again” – you’re dancing in the kitchen, you’re listening to this song, and (oh-oh) you’re falling in love again!
Track # 2 – “Try a Little Tenderness” – music to love by – lyrics to live by.
Track # 3 – Theme from “Summerplace” – so carefree and effortless – I never tire of improvising over this delightful melody.
Track # 4 – “La Vie En Rose” – perhaps the greatest Parisian song ever.
Track # 5 – “Falling in Love with Love” – a gliding, lilting waltz – one of Rogers and Hammerstein’s best.
Track # 6 – “I’m In The Mood For Love” – a beckoning call to romance, sugar sweet.
Track # 7 – “Love for Sale” – from Cole Porter’s early years (1930) – sultry and tragic – even without the lyrics.
Track # 8 – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – one of Cole Porter’s most renown ballads – I love Sinatra’s version – recorded here with a Latin beat.
Track # 9 – “My Funny Valentine” – probably the most cherished love song of all time.
Track # 10 – “Mr. Lucky” – one of the first “jazz” themes to be utilized on TV way back in the 1950’s.
Track # 11 – “La Valse Parisienne” – Benedikt and I co-wrote this as a tribute to the genre of the French waltz.
Track # 12 – “In the Still of the Night” – from the musical “Rosalie”. a glittering beguine that seems to rise and settle like a waning moon.
Track # 13 – “The Swan” – a 19th century composition, originally for cello, which we modified with a light swingin’ rhythm.
Track # 14 – “I Wish You Love” – written during the WWII occupation of Paris – a warm, wistful listening experience. 
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Easy To Love

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Easy To Love
“Easy to Love” – an album in tribute to America’s greatest composer/lyricist – Cole Porter. The wide dynamic range of Porter’s great songs are reflected in these twelve carefully chosen selections.

Song List

Track # 1 – “Easy to Love” – a swingy, buoyant tune from “Born to Dance”.
Track # 2 – “In the Still of the Night” – from “Rosalie”. a glittering beguine that seems to rise and settle like a waning moon.
Track # 3 – “What Is This Thing Called Love?” – a lively tune, clever in melody and lyric – “you and me dear, only two for tea dear”.
Track # 4 – “From This Moment On” – this is how Elvis would sound if he played the violin.
Track # 5 – “I Love You” – this one works equally well with a swing or Latin feel – so we recorded this with both rhythms.
Track # 6 – “Goodbye, Little Dream” – sweet, sad, and dramatic – one of my favorites on the album.
Track # 7 – “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” – this song shows C.P.’s ability to craft a simple melody – it has attained an almost folk song status.
Track # 8 – “I Concentrate on You” – one of his most elaborate songs – spinning itself out with an inevitableness rarely found in Broadway music.
Track # 9 – “Love for Sale” – another from his early years (1930) – sultry and tragic – even without lyrics.
Track # 10 – “All of You” – from the hit “Silk Stockings” (1954) – a deceptively simple and effective ditty.
Track # 11 – “True Love” – such a sweet little waltz with an uplifting bridge section that makes the heart yearn.
Track # 12 – “Every Time We Say Goodbye” – pensive, a bit sad – expressing such sweet sorrow.
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Dreams Of Hollywood Nights

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Dreams Of Hollywood Nights

“Dreams Of Hollywood Nights” – A loving selection from the works of the great and revered Henry Mancini. Mr. Mancini called on me to provide him with violin solos on two of his last recording projects; so it was natural for me to pay him tribute with an album.

Song List

Track # 1 – “Charade” – this song’s ominous beauty is apparent to the listener from the first strains of the melody. Pianist Steve Hall does a beautiful job on the Steinway.

Track # 2 – “The Days Of Wine And Roses” – another Mancini film theme – most of us associate this song with Andy Williams’s distinctive interpretation.

Track # 3 – “Two For The Road” – this theme perfectly captures the spirit of this “must see” film from the 60’s.

Track # 4 – “Slow Hot Wind” – kind of a spooky tune – very spaced out attitude – we utilized lots of ‘verb on the violin to underscore its dream like qualities.

Track # 5 – “Natalie” – a jazzy waltz composed for the film “Me, Natalie” in 1969 – reminds me of “Emily” by the great jazz pianist Bill Evans.

Track # 6 – “Whistling Away The Dark” – from Blake Edward’s Paramount release “Darlin’Lili” – another wistful tune, expressing both remorse and hope.

Track # 7 – “It’s All There” – Henry Mancini wrote this song for me to record after he heard me play at a private Hollywood event – from the Blake Edwards film “Switch”.

Track # 8 – “Loss Of Love” – theme from the Carlo Ponti film “Sunflower”, one of Mancini’s darkest songs.

Track # 9 – “Mr. Lucky” – one of the first “jazz” themes to be utilized on TV back in the 50’s.

Track # 10 – “Crazy World” – from the Blake Edwards film “Victor, Victoria” – very soothing, very sweet.

Track # 11 – “Anywhere The Heart Goes” – from the popular television series “The Thornbirds” – this arrangement draws a bit from a “renaissance music” sound.

Track # 12 – “Moon River” – theme from Truman Capote/Blake Edwards/Natalie Woods movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – a song destined to live forever.

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Cafe Europa

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010

Cafe Europa

“Cafe Europa” – This album is my eclectic mix of musical favorites from both European and American songbooks. My intent was to create an album to enjoy while idling away a sunny afternoon with warm friends and hot cappuccinos.

 

 

Song List

1 – “Theme from “Summerplace” – so carefree and effortless. I never tire of improvising over this happy melody.

2 – “Lady in Red” – a contemporary classic from the 1980’s. Tres romantique!

3 – “Hello Young Lovers” – a great Broadway waltz. I’ll never forget a “thumbs up” from Gene Kelly when playing this song in his presence.

4 – “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” – a dark and intriguing ballad from the pen of Parisian songwriter Michel Legrand.

5 – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – Cole Porter’s famous swinging ballad. Recorded here with a Latin feel.

6 – “Barcarole from “Tales of Hoffman” – this graceful pastoral was written by the 19th century composer Offenbach.

7 – “Cafe Europa” – I wrote this piece to capture the sinuous grace of a Parisian waltz.

8 – Theme from “A Man and a Woman” – the film attached to this theme was a “must see” in the early 60’s. And everybody knows the lyrics!

9 – “But Not For Me” – by George and Ira Gershwin. I always liked Harry Connick’s vocal version of this remorseful song.

10 – “C’est Magnifique” – this one melody captures both the joy of love and the excitement of Paris.

11 – “The Swan” – another 19th century composition which I modified a bit with a light swing rhythm.

12 – “When I Fall in Love” – a reverent, almost holy sounding ballad – very stirring, melodically.

13 – “September Song” – Kurt Weill’s ironic little tune from 1938. for some reason I feel it with a cha-cha beat.

14 – “Once in a While” – a song of yearning, written and popularized during  WWII.

15 – “I’ll Be Seeing You” – the perfect song to end the perfect day.

 

 

 

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