Steve Lawrence Steve Lawrence Sings Sinatra
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- Released: January 28, 2003
- Label: Gl Music Co.
- 1.I've Got You Under My Skin
- 2.You Make Me Feel So Young
- 3.Come Rain or Come Shine
- 4.The Lady Is a Tramp
- 5.Summer Wind
- 6.Fly Me to the Moon
- 7.What Now My Love
- 8.Where or When
- 9.My Heart Stood Still
- 10.The Best Is Yet to Come
- 11.For Once in My Life
- 12.My Kind of Town
- 13.I've Got the World on a String
- 14.Angel Eyes
Personnel: Steve Lawrence (vocals); Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones (arranger); David Lawrence (conductor); Jim Fox (guitar); Assa Drori, Ray Kobler, Bob Sanov, Kristin Fife, Jean Sudbury, Carolyn Osborn, Olivia Tsui, Eve Butler, Jim Stark (violin); Bob Becker, Carolyn Riley, Renita Koven, Sue Giordano, Ray Tischer, Jody Rubin (viola); Dane Little, John Walz, Stephanie Fife,
Matt Millar, Roger Lebow, John Krovoza (cello); Julie Berghofer (harp);
Gary Foster, Greg Huckins (alto saxophone); Vince Trombetta, Phil Feather (tenor saxophone); Lee Callet (baritone saxophone); Wayne Bergeron, Warren Luening (trumpet); Paul Klintworth (French horn); Chauncey Welshn (trombone); Vinnie Falcone (piano); Chuck Berghofer (bass); Gregg Field (drums); Scott Higgins (percussion).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California on February 11 & 12, 2002.
Personnel: Julie Berghofer (harp); Assa Drori, Jean Sudbury, Carolyn Osborn, Olivia Tsui, Kristin Fife, Jim St„rk, Bob Sanov, Eve Butler, Karen Jones, David Stenske, Liane Mautner (violin); Carolyn Riley, Raymond Tischer, Jody Rubin, Bob Becker , Renita Koven (viola); Phil Feather, Vince Trombetta (tenor saxophone); Lee Callet (baritone saxophone); Larry McGuire, George Graham, Warren Luening, Wayne Bergeron, Charlie Davis (trumpet); Paul Klintworth, Dana Kelley (French horn); Bill Elton, Chauncey Welsch, Bryant Byers, Bob McChesney (trombone); Vincent Falcone, Jr. (piano); Gregg Field (drums); Scott Higgins (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Steve Lawrence.
Recording information: Capitol Studios A & B, Los Angeles, CA (02/11/2002/02/12/2002).
Unknown Contributor Role: Eydie Gorme.
Arrangers: Don Costa; Nelson Riddle; Quincy Jones; Billy Byers.
Steve Lawrence has released only two newly recorded albums in the last 30 years, 1981's Take It on Home and this one. The inspiration for heading into the recording studio for the first time in over two decades was his mentor, Frank Sinatra, who bequeathed him a batch of song arrangements when he retired. Lawrence makes use of those arrangements, written by the likes of Nelson Riddle, Quincy Jones, and Don Costa, on a tribute album that deliberately sounds a lot like a Sinatra recording. Lawrence was always a student of Sinatra, singing in the same smooth, swaggering manner even if he was 20 years younger. He was perhaps a little smoother and a little less swaggering, but here, freed from any burden to distinguish himself by the album's concept and by those familiar charts, he frequently evokes Sinatra. In fact, the album would be an odd listening experience to anyone caught unaware. Hear a bit of it in passing without knowing who is singing, and you're liable to suppose it is Sinatra, but listen more carefully and you may become confused. The idea of having Lawrence sing Sinatra is a good one, but maybe it's good primarily for his stage act. The album is, at best, redundant, tribute or not. And yet, repeated listenings bring out the singer's individual nuances, demonstrating that, in his mid-sixties, he is still in very good voice, making you wish he had an opportunity to record more frequently and not under anyone else's shadow. ~ William Ruhlmann
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