Posts Tagged ‘Fiona Apple’

Nancy Wilson – Why Try to Change Me Now

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Signed to Capitol Records in 1960, Welcome To My Love was Nancy Wilson‘s twentieth lp for Capitol in less than eight years. As with other strong sellers like Nat King Cole, Al Martino, and George Shearing, the label turned her into a recording machine churning out four albums a year. Most of them packaged this R&B singer in slick commercial settings but this album takes her a lot closer to home.

Recorded on November 3rd, 1967 at Capitol Studios and with charts by St. Louis-born arranger-composer Oliver Nelson, each track is anchored by a tight rhythm section and in the words of James Gavin of the New York Times, “the brass is lean and articulate, the strings never cloy. Rarely has a singer given a program from the masters – Rodgers and Hart, Cy Coleman, Sammy Cahn, more bite than Wilson”.

The tune is by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Joseph McCarthy and was the ballad that launched Cy as a pop composer. Sinatra cut it first for Columbia in the mid-1950s and it went on to find a permanent home in the saloon songbook. Check out these poignant renditions from Fiona Apple and Bob Dylan!

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Capitol Records/Universal Music Group.

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Patty Griffin – The Best Is Yet To Come

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Released in 2009, The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman featured performances by a variety of the most compelling female vocalists in the business, including Fiona Apple, Sam Phillips, Nikka Costa, Ambrosia Parsley, Madeleine Peyroux, Missy Higgins and more.

This week we spotlight the incomparable Patty Griffin‘s sultry reading of the classic “The Best Is Yet To Come” featuring some of our favorite players on the planet: Jay Bellerose on drums, Reggie Hamilton on bass, Chris Bruce & Mark Goldenberg on guitar, and producer/arranger Dave Palmer on piano… you think you’ve flown before but you ain’t left the ground!

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

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Fiona Apple – I Walk A Little Faster

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Reprinted from: Just Around the Corner by Jonathan Schwartz (radio host & music historian) Dec 19, 1988 New York Magazine:

“Benches in Central Park, baloney on a roll, the arrogant thrust of Sinatra‘s making it, the New York City of song. Bart Howard’s ‘Walk Up, Vernon Duke’s ‘Autumn in New York’, Rodgers and Hart’s ‘Manhattan,’ and dozens of others speak of our city, of falling in and out of love, of conquering the town, of finding a spot for oneself, of leaving forever.”

“For me, the most romantic of all, made without baloney or glittering crowds in canyons of steel, is “I Walk A Little Faster” by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Its lyric is aware of quiet panic, of relentless aloneness, of the pale glimmer of hope.”

“The song speaks of unrequited love…to the possibilities of a new love: ‘Can’t begin to see my future shine as yet,/No sign as yet, you’re mine as yet./Rushing t’ward a face I can’t divine as yet’.”

“It’s been lovingly recorded by Tony Bennett and precious few others, but the song is out there dressed for whatever occasion you have in mind. The simple, plaintive melody is typical Coleman. “I Walk A Little Faster” is precisely urban, peculiar only to our specific streets, ill at ease with out-of-town.” concludes Schwartz. “It’s a taxi in the rain with no off-duty sign. It’s Hamburger Heaven forever.”

. Recorded by Fiona Apple at Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood CA 2008, produced by Dave Palmer, mixed by Tom Elmhirst, London UK. You can purchase it HERE.

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

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Blossom Dearie – I Walk A Little Faster

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But even though I meet
at each and every corner

with nothing but disaster
I set my chin a little higher
I hope a little longer
Build a little stronger
Castle in the air. And thinking you’ll be there
I walk a little faster

The New York Times once described Blossom Dearie as “an interpretive minimalist with caviar taste in songs and musicians, she was a genre unto herself”.

This week’s Top Tune comes from our favorite of the six albums Blossom recorded for the Verve label, 1958′s Give Him the Ooh-La-La. Recorded at the high point of her recording career (all six Verve albums are considered cult classics), the album features an all-star lineup of stellar jazz musicians including Jo Jones (drums), Ray Brown (bass), Herb Ellis (guitar) and Dearie’s own masterful piano playing.

A great interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Dearie’s romantic delivery of the great Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh ballad “I Walk A Little Faster” is tops with us, possibly only equalled by Fiona Apple‘s version in 2009.

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Contact & Licensing:
Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
http://www.emimusicpub.com/licensing/index.php
Master controlled by Verve Records. Contact: Doug James / doug.james@umusic.com

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