All Music Guide
If it is as they say that "variety is the spice of life," Ann Hampton Callaway's second album forDRG is especially piquant. On a program of fourteen numbers, including five she composed, Callaway brings a flock of people into the studio. There's three arrangers, including the eminent composer, Richard Rodney Bennett, four different piano players, at least three rhythm along with an assortment of reeds, horns and strings. The result is an interesting potpourri of more than 55 minutes of swirling but assured and confident singing.
Although there's an assortment of arrangers, to their credit their charts complement and reinforceCallaway's vocal strengths. She has a way - - at least on some cuts - - of creating an almost eerie atmosphere with her voice bringing to mind hazy afternoons and hushed foggy evenings with her voice floating overhead. Aiding and abetting in creating this atmosphere are not only the arrangers, but the musicians. Lou Marini's delicate flute and carefree alto sax are prominent on a slower than usual "How Long Has This Been Going On?." There's a jungle music like introduction to the Callaway penned title tune, "Bring Back Romance," then sequing into a soft rock tempo. Some of the arrangements on this CD are complex. But there are less ornate tracks like a jumping "There Will Never Be another You" with Lee Musiker's piano providing the bulk of the support. Callaway's straight ahead way with lyrics comes through loud (figuratively speaking) and clear on a jazzy "You Go to My Head" again with Marini's flute fluttering in the background before he takes out his sultry tenor. This track is one of the album's highlights along with an upbeat bouncy "It Could Happen to You." The result of all this is something for everybody, from heavily embellished arrangements, through very emotional renditions like "My Shining Hour" to comparatively simple, basic jazz singing. Each track is like the weather. If you don't like it now, wait a few minutes and it will change. Dave Nathan
|Ann Hampton Callaway, Vocals|
Marvin Stamm, Flugelhorn
Jay Berliner, Guitar
Richard Rodney Bennett, Piano
Bill Charlap, Piano
Terry Clarke, Drums
David Finck, Bass
Joyce Hammann, Violin
Chip Jackson, Bass
Doug Katsaros, Keyboards
Jay Leonhart, Bass
Lou Marini, Fiddle, Saxophone
Darmon Meader, Soprano Saxophone
Lee Musiker, Piano, Keyboards|
Dave Ratajczak, Drums
Laura Seaton, Violin
Mary Wooten, Cello
Racheal Evans, Viola
Dale Gordon, Percussion
Richard Rodney Bennett, Arranger
Hugh Fordin, Executive Producer
Doug Katsaros, Arranger
Lee Musiker, Arranger
Cynthia Daniels, Producer, Engineer
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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