This CD contains two separate European sessions taken from radio broadcasts. Tenor-saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who had just moved to Europe, is heard on lengthy versions of "I'll Remember April" and "Cry Me a River" from 1962 with a Danish trio comprised of pianist Atli Bjorn, bassist Marcel Rigot and drummer Williams Schiopffe. The two 1964 numbers ("The Thrill Is Gone" and "Suite") are by Bjorn's 1964 trio with bassist Benny Nielsen and drummer Finn Frederiksen; the talented pianist is well-showcased.
Cry me a regret that no one has yet stepped up to fill the sultry vocal gap left when Julie London passed on. Her unique style was a mix of languid phrasing and a smoky alto voice unfortunately fueled by cigarettes. Laura Taylor, a Vegas-based performer, comes close to London's sound. With tasteful accompaniment by guitarist Joe Lano and bassist Tom Warrington, London's takes on the title track and on "Blue Moon" are nearly as evocative as those of her model. A little more rasp in her whisper would have left London's bridges falling down and Taylor as the new fair lady.
Even before the first KuschelRock album, Kuschelrock was named as a weekly nightly music program for HR3 radio station (HR3 broadcasts from Frankfurt, Germany), the author and host of this project was Thomas Koschwitz, who is considered to be the co-author of a number of albums in Kazle … After Sony Music patented the right to release a series of albums called "KuschelRock", the HR3 radio station can no longer air this night music show … And now Sony Music regularly releases every year on the album …
It's great to see -in perspective- how Olivia Newton-John has proved to be a great, skillful singer with the capacity to cover a wide range of different musical styles from pop/country to jazz and new age. This album of covers, produced by Phil Ramone, is a good example of the amazing voice and musical charisma of Olivia Newton-John. It's a tribute album so she, wisely, has not tried to overshadow any of the singers she's honoring but what she does is amazing, she makes the songs believable, touching and beautiful in her own way and style.
One of the more notorious albums in the history of vocal music, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! is the lush session that bumped up Dinah Washington from the "Queen of the Blues" to a middle-of-the-road vocal wondress – and subsequently disenfranchised quite a few jazz purists…
The Real Me is an album by American singer Patti Austin released in 1988, and recorded for the Qwest label. The album reached #7 on Billboard's Jazz chart.
‘A Better Day’ features 10 Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue tunes from London born, Top of the Pops, multi-platinum songwriter & member of Strawbs, The Monks. Hudson Ford. Highlights featuring Ian Lloyd of Stories & Edward Rogers collaborations, a new take on Dave Cousins' "Deep In The Darkest Night" + other marvels await you in this album. ‘A Better Day’ is a 58th Grammy Award entry in several categories. Looking ahead to 2016, some of Ford’s songs will be featured in an upcoming network TV movie on a notorious cult killer, and other surprises!