Anastasia Barzee The The Dimming Of The Day
- Released: September 27, 2011
- Label: Ghostlight
- 1.Man with the Child in His Eyes, The - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 2.Summer Me, Winter Me - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 3.Lilac Wine - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 4.Dinner at Eight - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 5.Dimming of the Day, The - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 6.Company - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 7.American Tune - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 8.Nothing Like You've Ever Known - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 9.Feels Like Home - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 10.Don't Go to Strangers - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 11.All I Know - (with Anastasia Barzee)
- 12.Terrible Things
- 13.April Moon - (with Anastasia Barzee)
Personnel: Anastasia Barzee (vocals); Larry Campbell (guitars); Louise Schulman, Lois Martin (viola); Jody Redhage, Maria Jeffers (cello); Gil Goldstein (accordion, piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Kendrick Scott (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Fab Dupont.
Liner Note Author: John Patrick Shanley.
Recording information: Flux Studios, NYC (04/2011).
Photographer: Matthew Murphy .
Arranger: Gil Goldstein.
Anastasia Barzee has carved out a career in the musical theater that has included several stints as a replacement cast member on Broadway (Miss Saigon, Jekyll & Hyde, Urinetown), a West End show (Napoleon, playing Josephine), and numerous U.S. regional productions and national tours. On disc, she is best known in the U.S. for her appearance on the original studio cast recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1954 movie musical White Christmas, having been a member of the original cast of the initial production in San Francisco, playing the part that Rosemary Clooney had in the film. Not surprisingly, on her debut solo album, The Dimming of the Day, she displays a warm high alto that is at times reminiscent of Clooney. But her song selections suggest a whole different set of female pop influences, mostly from the 1970s, including Kate Bush, Linda Thompson, Rickie Lee Jones, and Linda Ronstadt. She covers songs written by and/or associated with such singers, including the title song, taken from the repertoire of Richard & Linda Thompson. With the help of arranger Gil Goldstein and producer Matt Pierson (both, like her, graduates of the Frost School of Music at Miami University), she has come up with versions of the songs that either lean toward small-band jazz or have eclectic backings. Saxophonist Steve Wilson is so prominent on Bush's "The Man with the Child in His Eyes," the Bergman/Bergman/Legrand evergreen "Summer Me, Winter Me," and the 1950s ballad "Don't Go to Strangers" that he might as well be billed as a duet partner. But then the version of "Lilac Wine" features Goldstein's accordion in an art song reading. Barzee's professional training and theater background do not prevent her from giving emotive performances, particularly of Paul Simon's "American Tune" and Jones' "Company." She mostly stays away from material from the musical theater, a notable exception being Andrew Lloyd Webber's relatively obscure "Nothing Like You've Ever Known" (from Song & Dance). But the songs she's chosen from the singer/songwriter realm give her a chance to create characters, and the album suggests nightclub work as another aspect of her career. ~ William Ruhlmann
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