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Roland Hanna: "To me, music is a sort of a help-mate for human beings to get through life with; it's a valve for us to release some of the pressure that builds up." - (Crescendo June 1980).

Rodney Whitaker: “I started playing jazz because a neighbor saw me carrying my upright bass home, and he made me know how important it was that I was part of a legacy – informed me about Paul Chambers and Ron Carter.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Prom 22: MGM Musicals at the Albert Hall.

Although I guess it isn't strictly Jazz, I watched this program on Saturday night & it is such a good crit from Clive Davis that I thought it might be of interest. Times Review. Liz.

15 comments :

  1. I enjoyed the program very much although I felt Curtis Stigers was out of his depth and I love Curtis Stigers. I liked the woman who reminded me of Anne Shelton.

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  2. That is Kim Criswell, a great Sondheim star & she has stood the test of time, always delivering
    Liz

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  3. For me the big moment was when the violin section stood up and played a swinging (or should it be 'stringing'?)chorus of "I Got Rhythm"

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  4. Just had to mention...(Although sure everyone knows)...The conductor John Wilson is a Geordie !

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  5. Yes Mal & isn't he a star? The orchestrations were amazing, and the sheer size of it too. How on earth did he control all of those musicians so superbly? Note that Sir Thomas Allen is also a Geordie. I know he is an operatic singer, but he interpreted those lyrics with such feeling.This show will remain in my mind for a long time to come.
    Liz

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  6. The most amazing thing of all was that after the original scores had been performed for the movie MGM scrapped them, considering them of no further use nor interest. In consequence, John Wilson had to re-create the originals note by note. He spent a whole day, apparently just getting 4 bars of one piece down. Like wow!

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  7. I work with the Brass & W/Wind sections quite regularly & all of them have so much regard & respect for John.....A true star....Mal Maddock

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  8. Listening to Broadway Rhythm again I just love the chord progression of the 4 bars that go:
    "When I hear that happy beat
    I feel like dancin' down the street"
    For me, that phrase repeated frequently in this arrangement, is so catchy that when I hear it it sticks in my head for ages.
    Perhaps Mal might enlighten me?

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  9. Sorry - I found this Prom really disappointing!

    The singers couldn't hack it - even Stigers: the others had good voices but they were singing pop songs as if they were classical music!

    It took the fun out of the tunes.

    And the strings just made it all syrupy.

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  10. Hello "Rhythmaning" and welcome to BSH. I agree with you about Curtis Stigers - not his scene at all. However, I think we have to put the whole thing into perspective. The singers were classically trained - just as Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Jane Powell etc. were in the actual movies and, as such, I thought they did a good job.
    The problem I have with the Proms is that, in their attempts to diversify, they end up pleasing no one so perhaps they should stay with the 'old masters' rather than swim in unchartered waters whether it be Jazz, Rock, or movie music.
    I enjoyed it for what it was not what it wasn't or what is might have been.

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  11. Hi Rhythmaning, Kim Criswell though, a good all rounder who was perfectly suited to the numbers she performed, full of verve & vigour..well I thought so anyway!
    Liz

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  12. A touch of the Ethel Merman's I thought so I googled her and, lo and behold, she's played the Merman role in "Call Me Madam".

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  13. Casting director for your next venture? you have the knowledge, go for it!
    Liz

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  14. Funny you should say that - I would like to re-make "To Have Or To Have Not" with you, Liz, in the Lauren Bacall role - you know how to whistle don't you? you just put your lips together and blow..

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  15. You'd be pushed to find a replacement for Hoagy!

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