Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Marian Montgomery – Love Is An Old Maid’s Dream

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David Cavanaugh‘s unremittingly swinging arrangements for this album highlight a top notch band featuring brass by Dave Wells and Milt Bernhart, Plas Johnson on tenor sax, and Jack Marshall and Bob Bain on guitars. Recorded at Capitol’s Studio A in August of 1964, this week’s top tune by Cy Coleman and Joseph McCarthy also features Coleman himself on the piano.

The singer is Marian Montgomery who hails from Natchez Mississippi and began her career performing in clubs in Atlanta and Chicago. Her big break came when Peggy Lee was listening to her audition tape in the company of an A&R man from Capitol Records suggesting “forget the song and sign the singer”! Montgomery released three albums on Capitol in the early to mid 1960s and counted Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra among her fans before marrying English pianist Laurie Holloway and relocating to the UK.

Marian became resident singer throughout the 1970s on a hit British chat show hosted by Michael Parkinson and continued to perform sold-out club shows until her death in 2002. The Guardian claimed glowingly “she was possessed of a sumptuously elegant, lingeringly low-lit voice, a subtle understanding of jazz time, and an alertness to the musicians around her.” Check her out for yourself right HERE.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
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Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
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Mylo – Zenophile

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This week’s Top Tune comes via Isle of Skye, Scotland bred DJ/record producer Mylo (Myles MacInnes) from his debut 2004 album Destroy Rock & Roll. A mix of twisted house, electroclash and chilled vibes, the album reached #26 on the UK album chart and netted Mylo four Top 20 UK Club tracks and a top 10 U.S. Dance chart hit. The set has drawn comparisons to the work of Daft Punk, Groove Armada and Royksopp.

Growing up on Skye, one of the furthest flung corners of Europe, MacInnes couldn’t be too choosy about his sources of music. “Basically we had Atlantic 252,” he explains. “It was this kind-of soft rock station on long-wave. We all believed it to be transmitted from a boat floating out in the mid-Atlantic.” Continually on tour from club gigs to stints at Coachella and the Isle of Wedge festivals, Mylo is also in demand as a remixer, contributing remixes for artists that include Scissor Sisters, Amy Winehouse, The Killers & Kylie Minogue.

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contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net.
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
And by Breastfed Songs Ltd.
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The Life (1997 Original B’way Cast) My Way Or The Highway

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“Chuck Cooper’s every entrance is as frightening as a specter of death. Singing with power and resonance, he’s a villian who can be jointly cheered and booed”. The New York Times

Cy Coleman’s 1997 broadway musical The Life was ten years in the making and in his own words “worth every minute of it”. Aside from all the awards and accolades (Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, Drama League Awards, Grammy nominations and a record breaking 12 Tony nominations), it won the praise of such prominent luminaries in the theatre as Arthur Miller who said, “If Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht were alive today, this is the musical they would have written”!

The Life is a raw, gritty and moving story of friendship and hope from multi-layered characters and flawless direction by Michael Blakemore OBE. The original production included Tony nominations for featured performers Sam Harris, Lillias White (Featured Actress Winner), Pamela Isaacs, and the powerhouse performer of this week’s tune, Chuck Cooper (Featured Actor Winner).

This year marks the show’s 20th anniversary and the UK premiere with original director Blakemore at the helm begins now! When he was asked in a recent interview about the new cast, “every single person we approached we got – it’s all our first choices. People like Sharon D. Clarke, Cornell S. John, it’s all really proper talent”. Blakemore continues, “It’s an enthralling story, with a plot like an old black-and-white Warner Bros. movie. It’s got this soarinig music, great performances, lots of it is very funny. If you like that kind of tight construction and soaring narrative, with real grit and heart, I think you’ll love it”.

The Life at Southwark Playhouse March 25 – April 29th, don’t miss!

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Mark Murphy – I Love My Wife

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Vocalist Mark Murphy, the iconoclastic cabaret singer, was a six-time Grammy nominee known for his improvisational skill and wide vocal range. Born in Syracuse, New York in 1932, Murphy settled in London in the early 1960s and remained in Europe recording for British labels such as Fontana and Immediate before returning to the states in 1973 and signing to the Muse label. Mark recorded a total of 23 albums for the Muse and HighNote labels and was the recipient of the 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001 Down Beat magazine readers jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist of the Year. Murphy continued to tour internationally into his 80s before passing away in 2015 leaving behind a long list of ardent supporters and admiring musicians and singers.

This week’s top tune was released on Mark’s 1979 album Mark Murphy Sings Mostly Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman for the Audiophile label. The track features the Loonis McGlohon Trio and can be heard in a killer scene in Robert Schwartzman‘s excellent directorial debut film, Dreamland (streaming now on Netflix).

Schwartzman, best known as the frontman of the band Rooney, adds serious filmmaker chops to his resume in a well-crafted, well acted gem of a film. Nods to the extended Coppola/Schwartzman family pepper the project, brother Jason and mother Talia Shire play supporting roles to stellar lead performances by Johnny Simmons, Amy Landecker, and Beverly D’Angelo in a Graduate-style coming-of-age tale. Not to be missed!

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“I Love My Wife” written by Cy Coleman & Michael Stewart.
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
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