Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Let Me Love You: Songs of Bart Howard
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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LZF0 | New York | 04/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bart Howard is one of the most underrated composer-lyricists in American music. He has the lyrical edge of Cole Porter and the melodic and harmonic complexity of Alec Wilder. The songs on this set are wonderful pieces of American songwriting. Ralph Burns' charts are very disappointing. Burns can write truly hip, swinging arrangements. Here he has missed the boat. The charts seem to flow without much rhythmic direction. Maybe this was the intention of Ms. Nelson, who isn't a bad songwriter herself. Ms. Nelson is in good voice, the songs are sophisticated, but the swing is missing. Still this collection is worth having for the little known songs."
Ace song stylist
groucho | Chapel Hill, NC, USA | 01/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Portia Nelson's lovely soprano never made a farce of Bart Howard's songs. And for the first time, I really listened and understood the lyrics of "Fly Me to the Moon" and I liked the interplay of "in other words" with something aerial. Portia Nelson played Sister Margherita in "The Sound of Music" where she sang this famous "she climbed the tree and scraped her knee..." in the song "(How Do you Solve A Problem Like) Maria" but this earlier record where she paid tribute to Howard is a preview of what an ace song stylist she really is. She does not langour in the glory of her trained voice, but used her beautiful voice to convey the songs' story without getting in the way. Highly recommended."