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|Sarah Zahn, Sara Zahn|
Witch Craft: The Songs of Carolyn Leigh
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
If you thought only Frank Sinatra could sing "Witchcraft," take a listen to Sara Zahn. A veteran of cabaret and television work, she has a warm mezzo with a hint of brass that proves ideal for this collection of songs by l... more »
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If you thought only Frank Sinatra could sing "Witchcraft," take a listen to Sara Zahn. A veteran of cabaret and television work, she has a warm mezzo with a hint of brass that proves ideal for this collection of songs by lyricist Carolyn Leigh. Zahn covers a number of Leigh's well-known pop-standard collaborations with Cy Coleman ("You Fascinate Me So," "The Best Is Yet to Come"), but Leigh also penned other songs, with fun rhymes, and in which the stories are the stars. Take, for example, two songs from Leigh's aborted project with Marvin Hamlisch, a musicalization of the teen-pageant movie Smile: you can hear contrasting evocations of young dreams in the hopeful joy of "Six O'Clock News" and the wry humor of "Nightlife in Santa Rosa." You can buy Witch Craft for the songs you know, but see if you don't spend all your time listening to the others. Either way, this album is not to be missed. --David Horiuchi
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A Wonderful FInd
terroh | OH | 02/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this while searching for material on Carolyn Leigh after purchasing a CD by Julie Wilson singing the songs of Cy Coleman (Leigh's most notable collaborator). I had never heard of Sarah Zahn, but I took a chance, and I'm so glad I did. She's a fine singer and her love for this music comes across in every note. I confess, I didnt know much about Leigh before the Wilson CD, only that she'd written some Broadway shows. You will recognize some of the Coleman songs here, but there is so much more to Leigh than that. There are so many gems on here, it would take too long to list them. Suffice it to say, there isnt a dud on here. My only complaint is Zahn didnt sing Witchcraft and Come Summer (my favorite Leigh song) as solo pieces. I cant praise this CD enough. Its one of my all time favs. I wish Leigh were better known, she never received the success she deserved. I'd give this ten stars if I could....Fantastic."
Witch Craft is Magic
Louis Graham | Walnut Creek, California USA | 01/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album really combines all the pieces that anyone that appreciates show tunes or the American songbook could ask for. Start with the focus on songs of lyricist Carolyn Leigh, one of the greats but someone who hasn't previously received a great deal of attention. The song list mixes in well-known standards with a large sprinkling of unrecorded or little known songs--nearly every track either brings back a fond memory or creates a pleasant surprise (I especially enjoyed "Bouncing Back For More', "Six O'Clock News", "Nightlife in Santa Rosa" and "Killing Time"). The arrangements are right on the mark, featuring enough instruments to delight the listner, but staying true to the intent of the songs and not overwhelming them. Finally, but most important, Sara Zahn is a wonderful singer and puts all the numbers over with style, intelligence and feeling. This is one witch's brew I would love to get more magic out of."