Celebrated American actor, Hal Linden, realizes a lifelong dream with the release of his first CD, "It's Never Too Late." The disc is a collection of Broadway and film tunes, classic pop songs, jazz standards and favorites from the American Songbook. Linden recorded 14 tracks over a period of of three decades in a variety of setting--large and small studios, with big bands and combos, in locations from New York to Los Angeles.
Linden, an accomplished singer and musician, (he's a classically trained clarinetist), worked with several top arranges to put his own stamp on well-known tunes, such as Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To," and a medley of "Mississippi Mud," first recorded in 1928 and made popular by Bing Crosby, and the Hoagy Carmichael song, "Up A Lazy River."
There's a soulful version of "She's Out of My Life," arranged by jazz pianist and Grammy award-winner Bob Florence, who also arranged the track "If I Could."
Other tunes include "Hello, Dolly!" with additional lyrics by Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim's "Beautiful Girls." Film music is represented with the Golden Globe and Academy-award winning hits "You Light UP My Life," "Evergreen," and "Moonriver."
Linden delivers Billy Joel's "She's Got A Way," with a jazzy flair, which complements his own song, "Meet Me At Jack's." Linden plays clarinet on several tracks including the instrumental "There Will Never Be Another You." The CD closes with "Late In Life," a track that holds particular meaning for Linden with the lyric, "It's never too late in life to reach for a childhood dream."