Posts Tagged ‘Carolyn Leigh’

Carmen McRae – The Best Is Yet To Come

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“Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread…without it, it’s flat.” – Carmen McRae

Carmen backed up that sentiment night after night during a long and illustrious career as one of the most artful singers in the business. It’s on full display in this week’s top tune, the signature Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh-penned classic McRae swings so beautifully on a 1991 tribute album to Sarah Vaughan, her recently deceased friend.

The sessions are backed by the Shirley Horn Trio and would be the final recordings of Carmen’s career. The album is widely considered the perfect swan song for McRae after a run of over 60 albums and a half-century of brilliant live performances, and we couldn’t agree more!

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Contact & Licensing:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group

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Cy Coleman – I’ve Got Your Number

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On June 17th, the fine folks at Sony Legacy released a remastered digital version of Cy Coleman‘s dapper debut vocal album If My Friends Could See Me Now, Cy Coleman Sings His Own Big Hits With Orchestra. The set, originally released in 1967 on Columbia Records “was conceived on 52nd street, mulled over in Beverly Hills, rehearsed on the French Riviera and recorded in London”. Credit Des Champ, Gordon Franks and Peter Jeffries – three distinguished British arrangers and pub crawlers – for the fine arrangements.

“In an era where ‘singer-composer’ has often come to mean someone who finds himself in front of a microphone with nothing to sing and simply takes matters into his own hands, I’m hoping this album strikes a responsive chord among those of us who stubbornly measure the top-forty hit songs not by the week, but by the decade, or as in the case of one recalcitrant quite close to this writer, the half-century.” Edward Keibart (from the original liner notes). Mission accomplished!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman) / Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh) / Administered by Sony/EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Tony Bennett – I Walk A Little Faster

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This lovely Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh song was once described as “the most romantic of all the tunes that speaks of New York City”. It was recorded in September 1964 for an album by Tony Bennett whose title track was a big hit during Bennett’s mid-1960s prime. Tony, always dedicated to discovering new songs and making standards out of them, tried each new tune out in clubs night after night. He worked them out before an audience and got to know them inside and out.

The album features The Ralph Sharon Trio and was arranged by the great Columbia Records staff arranger/conductor George Siravo. Siravo had been the prime driver of Frank Sinatra‘s transition away from ballads a few years ealier to the now legendary swinging uptempo approach the singer would pursue during the remainder of his recording career. Although credited to Nelson Riddle, Siravo actually did most of the arranging work for Sinatra’s first Capitol Records date and remained a premier arranger for Bennett, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone and many more.

You can watch a soul tugging performance of the tune by Fiona Apple HERE.

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Contact & Licensing:
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by Sony/ATV – EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Sony Music Group.

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Barbara McNair – On the Other Side of the Tracks

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“For those who know where The Niceness lives, they’ll find it’s moved in here. Twelve good songs rendered warm as the heart of a tree. All by Barbara, who’ll sing you no lies.” – Mel Torme

Barbara McNair‘s 1966 album I Enjoy Being a Girl was recorded in three distinct sessions. The first featured strings and a second, a tight-knit group of four trombones. The last included an impressive big, blowing, fifteen-man horn section that contains this week’s Top Tune.

“On the Other Side of the Tracks” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, was one of three written by the pair and masterfully recorded by McNair for the album. It would be the last project she would do for Warner Bros. Records before jumping ship to Motown.

McNair ended her Motown run with a pair of 1968 singles “Would I Be Without You” and “You Could Never Love Him” before turning her attention to a budding film & tv career. She would host her own syndicated variety series The Barbara McNair Show, co-star with Elvis Presley in the 1969 film Change of Habit, and prominently appear opposite Sidney Poitier in 1970′s They Call Me Mister Tibbs!. McNair continued to act and to headline nightclubs until her passing in 2007.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Published by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Warner Music Group.

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