All Music Guide
At first, she may remind you of Barbra Streisand, but only when Streisand's voice is still in first gear. Unlike Streisand, who soon takes off for the stratosphere, when Ann Hampton Callaway revs her voice up, she reveals a husky alto that occasionally bridges into the soprano range and that suggests, among female singers, Sarah Vaughan's plush tones, but, more than anyone else, the "velvet fog" sound of Mel Tormé. She emphasizes those jazz-pop antecedents by recording a collection mostly consisting of standards as her first album, with basically a piano-bass-drums backup. At times, notably on "I've Got the World on a String" and "All the Things You Are," the performances cross over into outright jazz; Callaway even mimics a trumpet to duet with trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater on the former. But she possesses a songwriter's concern with lyrics that belies the jazz connection and renews the emotional impact of songs like Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean" and the Gershwins' "Our Love Is Here to Stay" (although she gets more out of lesser-known tunes like Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's "Too Late Now" and Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster's "A Time for Love.") Effective as that voice is, it is also highly considered; this daughter of a vocal coach is remembering her lessons and not quite letting go just yet. She opens the album with her musical setting of the Cole Porter lyric "I Gaze in Your Eyes," an unusually direct love song for Porter, and concludes with her own "Perfect," making you wish that she'd devote an album to her own compositions some time. As it is, Ann Hampton Callaway is the debut of a distinctive and promising singer. (Cassette copies of the album do not contain the tracks "My Romance" and "Lush Life.") William Ruhlmann
Ann Hampton Callaway, Vocals
Mike Renzi, Arranger, Piano, Keyboards
Michael Abene, Arranger, Piano, Keyboards
Jay Berliner, Classical Guitar
Chip Jackson, Bass
Terry Clarke, Drums
Kenny Washington, Drums
Mark Falchook, Synthesizer Programming, Keyboards
Jerry Dodgion, Alto Saxophone
Cecil Bridgewater, Trumpet
Jesse Levy, Cello
Producer: Hugh Fordin
SOLO and DUET CD'S|
"At Last", Telarc
"Blues In the Night", Telarc
"Who Can See The Blue The Same Again?", Dismakers Single CD
"Slow", Shanachie Records
"After Ours", Denon Records
"Ann Hampton Callaway", DRG Records
"Bring Back Romance", DRG Records
"Easy Living", Shanachie Records
"Sibling Revelry" with Liz Callaway, DRG Records
"Signature", Shanachie Records
"This Christmas", After 9 Records/Angel Records
"To Ella With Love", Shanachie Records
GUEST APPEARANCE CD'S|
"Last Holiday", Music from the motion picture, Sall Entertainment Group
"In Good Company", LML Music
"Ladies Sing For Lovers", MCG Jazz
"Fine and Dandy", PS Classics
"2 Hands 10 Voices", Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS
"Toy", Big Black Booty Records
"Good Morning Heartache", Shout Factory
"A Cabaret Christmas", DRG Records
"Anywhere I Wander- Liz Callaway Sings Frank Leosser", Varese Saraband
"Broadway's Greatest Gifts 1999- Carols For A Cure" Rock-It Science Records
"Cincinnati Men's Chorus", Sound Foundry Productions
"Far From the Madding Crowd/The Awakening", Original Cast Records
"Grateful- The Songs of John Bucchino", RCA Victor
"Great Cabaret Performances", DRG Records
"Holiday Pops- Peter Nero & the Philly Pops", Encore Series
"Home For the Holidays", Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
"Jay Leonhart With His Friends", DRG Records
"Let Us Be United", SYDA Foundation
"Love Come Down, A Musical by Douglas Day", Day Records
"Sing Out!", Digital On Location
"Songbirds Special", Blue Flame Jazz
"Songbirds", Blue Flame Jazz
"Swing!- Original Cast Album", Sony Music
"Television's Greatest Hits, Volume 7", TVT Records
"The Best of In Celebration of Life 1-5", Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
"The Seattle Men's Chorus", Emerald City Arts
"The Story Goes On- Liz Callaway On & Off Broadway", Varese Saraband
"Too Dead To Swing", Books On Tape
GUEST APPEARANCES ON BEN BAGLEY CD'S PAINTED SMILES RECORDS|
"Alan Jay Lerner Revisited"
"Cole Porter Revisited Vol. IV"
"Cole Porter Revisited Vol. V"
"Cole Porter Revisited"
"DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited Vol. II"
"DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited"
"Hold On To Your Hats"
"Tallulah- Original Cast Album"
"Irving Berlin Revisited"
"Jerome Kern Revisited Vol. III"
"Noel Coward Revisited"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited Vol. II"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited Vol. V"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited"
"Vernon Duke Revisited Vol. III"
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