Personnel includes: Rosemary Clooney (vocals); John Pizzarelli (vocals, guitar); k.d. Lang, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Carradine (vocals); Kim Richmond (alto saxophone); Scott Hamilton, Mark Vinci (tenor saxophone); Warren Vache (cornet); David Ladd, Roger Glenn, Gary Foster (flute); Woody Herman (clarinet); Cal Tjader (vibraphone); John Oddo (piano); Ed Bickert, Dennis Budimir (guitar); L.A. Jazz Choir, The Woody Herman Big Band.
Producers: Carl E. Jefferson, John Burk, Allen J. Sviridoff, John Oddo, Johnny Mandel.
Compilation producer: Allen Sviridoff.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Rosemary Clooney has released more 20 albums on the Concord label in as many years, so this 70th birthday compilation is a more than welcome addition to her catalogue. With Ella and Sarah gone, she became the pre-eminent female singer of standards. Unlike many vocalists who are forced by failing voices to go cabaret, Clooney has retained the warm, musical quality which made her such an appealing singer ever since the days of "Hey There," reprised here in typically relaxed fashion.
All her Concord albums are well-recorded, unpretentious affairs, so there is wealth of prime material to choose from. The CD opens with a lovely version of James Taylor's "Secret Of Life," specially arranged by the great Johnny Mandel for this collection. Along the way we are treated to guest appearances such as John Pizzarelli on the subtly swinging "It's Only A Paper Moon" and actor Keith Carradine, who provides a sympathetic vocal foil on the little known "Turn Around." Highlight: Bob Hope's theme song "Thanks For The Memory," which Rosie makes her own with all the wisdom 50 years of singing can muster.