Posts Tagged ‘Seesaw’

Barbara Cook – It’s Not Where You Start

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Barbara Cook, the legendary Soprano from Atlanta, a Broadway icon and recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 2011, has passed away this past week at her home in NYC at age 89. Cook emerged onto the Broadway scene in 1957′s The Music Man for which she earned a Tony and originated performances in Candide, She Loves Me, Carousel, The King and I, and Show Boat.

After a battle with depression and alcoholism in the late 1960s, Cook would make a comeback in the mid-1970s in nightclubs, cabarets and concert halls that would last for the rest of her life. Cook sang for every US President from Carter to Clinton and won a Drama Desk Award for her solo 1987 show, A Concert For Theatre.

This week’s tune was recorded live at a 2004 Lincoln Center concert compiling some of Barbara’s favorite musical-theater tunes. “It’s Not Where You Start (It’s Where You Finish)” comes from the 1973 hit musical Seesaw with a score by Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields.

When teaching master classes at the Julliard School in recent years, it’s been said that Cook often waved off her students’ preoccupation with vocal perfection, pushing them instead to get at the pain and joy beneath the notes. We had the pleasure of seeing the master at work one night performing at the Cafe Carlyle in 2008. Cook’s ability to transform a room and leave you hanging on every word is something we’ll never forget. Simply one of the most moving performances we’ve ever seen. Goodbye Barbara, thank you for your artistry!

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(Eartha Kitt, Cy Coleman, Barbara Cook)

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Sara Watkins – Seesaw

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This past week we celebrated the 111th anniversary of the birth of legendary librettist and lyricist, Dorothy Fields. Born in Allenhurst, New Jersey on July 15th 1905, Fields became a fiercely prolific and beloved figure in musical theater and film music.
With over 400 songs to her credit, Dorothy’s best known standards are among the most recognizable of any in the American musical canon including: “The Way You Look Tonight” (Jerome Kern), “A Fine Romance” (Kern), “On The Sunny Side of the Street” (Jimmy McHugh), and “Big Spender” (Cy Coleman).

Seesaw is the title tune of the last Broadway musical Fields would work on in her long career before her death in 1973. Seesaw was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 1974, winning two (Best Actor for Tommy Tune and Best Choreography); the female lead, Michelle Lee, won Best Actress at that year’s Drama Desk Awards.

This week’s version is a stunner by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame and our ├╝ber-talented compadre, pianist/producer Dave Palmer. In 2009, Sara Watkins released her first self-titled solo record (produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin) to tremendous acclaim, firmly establishing her as a solo artist who has only scratched the surface of her creative output. July 1, 2016 saw the release of Watkins’ stellar third solo album, Young In All The Wrong Ways “reintroducing her as a writer/artist of uncommon eloquence and consequence.” – Uncut Magazine. We couldn’t agree more!

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Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields at the piano – Sardi’s Restaurant early 1970s.

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Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Aldi Music (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
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Notable Music Co. turns 50

bennett tony bill evans 86 l Notable Music Co. turns 50Come visit us on tumblr, tracing 50+ years of Notable Music Co. through rare pics, letters, links & posters.

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Dave Palmer feat. Sara Watkins – Seesaw

1973 saw the debut of Seesaw – a musical play based on the William Gibson play Two for the Seesaw, featuring songs from Cy Coleman and his frequent collaborator, the legendary Dorothy Fields. A critical hit, the play ran for a year on Broadway before launching a successful regional run. The production was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 1974, winning two (Best Actor for Tommy Tune and Best Choreography); the female lead, Michelle Lee, won Best Actress at that year’s Drama Desk Awards.

Dave Palmer, the producer and arranger of the Cy Coleman tribute album “The Best Is Yet To Come,” recently went into the studio with the brilliant Sara Watkins to tackle the play’s title tune, and we love their take on it… transforming the tale into a heartbreaking pop ballad.

Watkins came to public consciousness as a member of Nickel Creek, an acoustic trio who’s natural musicianship and stellar vocals propelled them to great success and critical response, fusing their bluegrass roots into a contemporary sound that became all their own. In 2009, after a handful of records with Nickel Creek, Sara released her first self-titled solo record (produced by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin) to tremendous acclaim, firmly establishing her as a solo artist who has only scratched the surface of her creative output. A side note: Sara and Dave Palmer also collaborated on another Cy composition, “Too Many Tomorrows,” on the aforementioned Cy Coleman tribute album.

For a jazzier version of this classic, check out this The Bill Evans Trio take from 1974.

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