Hoagy Carmichael Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael
- Released: February 5, 2002
- Label: Challenge
- 1.New Orleans
- 2.Medley: Georgia on My Mind / Can't Get Indiana off My Mind: Georgia On My Mind / Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind
- 3.Bread and Gravy
- 4.My Resistance Is Low
- 5.April in My Heart
- 8.Little Old Lady
- 9.Big Town Blues
- 10.What Kind o' Man Is You
- 12.The Rhumba Jumps!
- 13.The Lamplighter's Serenade
- 14.The Nearness of You
- 15.Manhattan Rag
Personnel: Bob Dorough (vocals, piano); Jim Ferguson , Barbara Lea (vocals); Howard Alden (guitar); Dan Levinson (clarinet, tenor saxophone, C-melody saxophone); Dick Sudhalter (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Artin (trombone); Benny Aronov (piano); Joe Cocuzzo (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dick Sudhalter.
Recording information: Ambient Recording, Stamford, CT (06/27/2001-06/29/2001).
Arrangers: Sydney Johnson; Keith Nichols.
This project in tribute to composer Hoagy Carmichael is a true labor of love, as trumpeter Dick Sudhalter and friends explore a host of Carmichael's songs -- famous, obscure, and in between. The cast of musicians and singers changes from track to track, with trombonist Tom Artin and reed player Dan Levinson; a solid rhythm section including either Benny Aronov or Bob Dorough on piano, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Jim Ferguson, and drummer Joe Cocuzzo; and arrangements by either Sy Johnson or Keith Nichols. Dorough is at his best with a very campy vocal in "New Orleans." The sweet southern voice of Ferguson in "Georgia on My Mind" is combined in a warm medley with Barbara Lea's beautiful interpretation of "Can't Get Indiana off My Mind," while they exchange vocals in a mesmerizing take of Carmichael's best-known work, "Star Dust." Unfortunately, the duet between the craggy-voiced Dorough and Lea in an old-fashioned waltz arrangement doesn't quite come off. The playful treatment of the little-known "What Kind o' Man Is You" (with lyrics by Carmichael) features Lea supported by Ferguson's swinging bass and Sudhalter's delicious muted trumpet. Instrumentals aren't ignored, with a gently loping "Snowball" and a classic jazz chestnut "Manhattan Rag." This well-conceived project should be considered essential by anyone who enjoys the works of the great Hoagy Carmichael. ~ Ken Dryden
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