Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Sylvia Mcnair, David Finck, Jerome Kern|
Sure Thing - The Jerome Kern Songbook / McNair, Previn
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
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Superb voice, accompaniment
John Redfield | Orlando, FL USE | 05/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was really drawn to Sylvia's vocal stylings on this CD, knowing how difficult it is to adapt from opera to popular music. Granted she seems a little stiff and a bit lacking in jazz swing on the brisker numbers such as "I Won't Dance", but she more than compensates for this minor flaw with her superlative renderings of the gorgeous ballads included here. "The Folks Who Live On the Hill" is probably my favorite cut. As a pianist, I was in awe of Andre Previn's accompanying genius. Every pianist who accompanies a singer should listen to this CD several times. I was a big Previn fan in the seventies, and it's great to here him in this intimate setting. Nice work by the bassist as well. I just hope that we will continue to see more McNair/Previn releases soon!"
McNair is amazingly versatile & Previn's arrangements superb
John Redfield | 08/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"McNair has an enticingly simple, witty, and clear-as-a-bell style on this recording. There are some wonderful songs you rarely hear. Previn's accompaniment and arranging is pure genius. McNair weightlessly floats to the higher notes, but unlike other operatic performers who have tried their hands at pop, she is able to leave out the operatic stylings that would otherwise distract. Very enjoyable."
Too Much Previn
Julien Sorel | Fort Lee, N>J> | 02/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"McNair has a magnificent, delicate voice. and her delivery is superb. She deserves a piano accompaniment that underlines her talent and, in short, plays second fiddle to her work. (I have in mind Barbara Cook backed up by Wally Harper. He's there but never gets in the way)
Unfortunately, McNair goes head-to-head with Previn, a fine pianist who should stick to Chopin. His piano work is at times so ornate and overworked he all but drowns out McNair. Worse, the sound mix is even, that is, piano and voice at equal recording levels. Do I listen to her or him? I prefer her."