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And Now I Swing
Genres: Jazz, Pop
This album is the first of it's kind for Chita. Although she comes from the theater, she's a jazz musician at heart. This album reflects the intimate and warm-natured side of Chita that have become mainstays at her numerou... more »
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This album is the first of it's kind for Chita. Although she comes from the theater, she's a jazz musician at heart. This album reflects the intimate and warm-natured side of Chita that have become mainstays at her numerous concert appearances. It contains some of her classic theater songs as well as some of her favorite standards re-arranged and recorded by New York's finest jazz musicians. This recording is a realization of one of Chita's life long dreams.We are proud to bring it to both her theater fans and music aficionados alike who enjoy ground breaking records of its' kind.
A good album even with a misstep or two along the way...
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 01/01/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Chita Rivera has entertained us for quite a while now; and she continues to display great talent. Her latest album, unfortunately, has a misstep or two along the way; this CD could benefit from a polishing job although most of the songs are performed quite well
"I Won't Dance/Let Me Sing" certainly has a creative arrangement, all right; but it just doesn't feel right--there are so many rapid tempo changes that the number feels not unlike a roller coaster--that is, a roller coaster that stops and starts in fits. It's too bad, too, because Chita's voice itself is very good. "Nowadays," which comes from the musical "Chicago," has Chita squarely in the spotlight; the music fits Chita's singing perfectly as she carries this tune to make it shine.
In addition, "Where Am I Going" from "Sweet Charity" has a fine arrangement for the piano, bass and more; Chita sings this with panache and I'm very impressed. This time around the complex tempo and key changes really work wonders for this tune; and that's grand. "Sweet Happy Life/Mas Que Nada" has a splendid Latin flavor and Chita makes this number take flight! The lush musical arrangement complements Chita's vocals faultlessly. "Love and Love Alone" from "The Visit" stuns me with its natural beauty; and Chita's sophisticated phrasing enhances this number even more!
"Carousel" comes from "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris;" Chita aces this as effortlessly as if it were mere breathing--but of course we know that it really wasn't all that easy. Chita's talent carries her through. The piano arrangement is nicely done and "Carousel" is a major highlight of this album. I like how this number builds momentum, too. "Not Exactly Paris" starts with a beautiful but very brief piano intro; and Chita sings this faultlessly. Chita's character recalls a love affair from long ago; and this theme with the actual words and music gives this a most romantic flavor.
"I Don't Remember You" is the second misstep on this album. I just don't care for the way Chita delivers this song. Her singing is practically staccato (well, throughout most of this number) and the music doesn't fit well with her vocals, either. Sigh. "More Than You Know," thankfully, reverts to showcasing Chita in a wonderful light--and how's about that violin? The violin and the other instruments help make "More Than You Know" a fine ballad that gets a fine interpretation from Chita Rivera.
"Circle of Friends" by Carol Hall boasts a gorgeous piano arrangement and Chita sings this with great sensitivity. The bass, guitar and cello round out the musical accompaniment as Chita sings this to perfection--and beyond! The CD ends with Chita Rivera performing "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" from the show "New Faces." "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" is exquisite and it leaves me wanting more!
Chita gave us an album that is mostly pretty good--but it's not quite great. "I Won't Dance" and "I Don't Remember You" just don't make the grade; and that's too bad. Nevertheless, diehard fans of Chita Rivera will want this for their collections."
Chita is AMAZING
Mary C. Laing | 10/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Title says it all.
Can't imagine why she hasn't had a solo album in so long. And this one REALLY does Swing. The combination of I won't Dance and Let me sing is wonderful.
And she nails the Kander and Ebb songs. Hopefully The Visit will make it to Broadway soon so we can get copies of all the songs from this Show (Saw her do it in Chicago and can't wait to hear this again. So it was a special treat to hear one make it to this album.)
Sort of an end of a career recording.
Marlin Cruse | 11/27/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have loved Chita Rivera since I saw her onstage in the chorus of "Guys and Dolls" way back in 1953 and then watched her triumph in one show after another starting with "West Side Story." Her voice has deteriorated a bit, but she is still a happening to listen to. She never made a lot of recordings other than her shows, but I admire her spunk and visions of her dancing creep into my head and I hold those memories dear to my heart."