Category Archives: Performers

Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Ornette Coleman, Sadness.

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Carlo Bergonzi, Five Ways

Eddie Pensier writes: There aren’t many singers who have epitomized the true meaning of bel canto better than Carlo Bergonzi. It literally means “beautiful singing”, and refers to the style or school that emphasizes vocal beauty and line above other … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Lonely House”

Eddie Pensier writes: The late American tenor Jerry Hadley gives us a haunting and wistful rendition of this tune, from Street Scene. Like Porgy and Bess, Street Scene is often the basis for pedantic musical arguments about whether it’s an opera … Continue reading

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“Saving Mr. Banks”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: As P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books, Emma Thompson projects a grave sort of loneliness. Nested confidently into middle age, yet still grappling with the issues of her childhood, the Travers of “Saving Mr. Banks” … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: McCoy Tyner, Lonnie’s Lament, streaming version here.

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Showtune Saturday: “Ain’t Got No Tears Left”

Eddie Pensier writes: The sublime Donna Murphy sings this nightclub/torch song from On The Town, the classic Bernstein/Comden/Green musical later remade (and substantially revised) as a Gene Kelly-Frank Sinatra film. The song was cut from the original but is sometimes … Continue reading

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Movie Poster Du Jour: “Judge Priest”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Love that old Fox logo.

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Karrin Allyson’s excellent version of Some Other Time can be found in streaming audio here.

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Showtune Saturday: “All I Care About Is Love”

Eddie Pensier writes: “All I Care About Is Love” from Kander & Ebb’s Chicago, performed by the peerless Jerry Orbach on the 1976 Tony Award telecast. Billy Flynn was charmingly and winningly played on screen years later by Richard Gere, … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Egberto Gismonti, Baiai Malandro.

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