Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We've been frozen in time, more or less. The reasons for the long silence are varied and many and waaaaaay too complicated to bore you with. I trust SloaneView will demonstrate a more consistent presence from here on.
In the meantime, the new cd titled "We'll Meet Again" on the Arbors Label is available at the site, but not yet at Amazon.
The choice of the title song is a deliberate and heartfelt tribute to Dame Vera Lynn whose WWII recording is not only cherished, but will continue to be heard as long as governments of all nations sacrifice their young men and women in the deserts and mountains of this world. With the recent news of the relatively robust health of Dame Vera at age 92, and the even more extraordinary revelation that her 1939 version of "We'll Meet Again" achieved Number One status on the UK charts of most-played recordings, I have some legitimate concern the BBC or any other radio facility over there will give my WMA so much as half a listen. One can only hope it will be accepted for what it is.
The musicians on WMA are top-drawer and it was a genuine pleasure to share those moments in the Nola Studios in New York City May 6 and 7, and June 4, 2009. They are Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden on guitars, Steve LaSpina bass, Ken Peplowski tenor and clarinet and the gifted young jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein contributes just the right touches. And here is the song list:
1. Exactly Like You
2. Something To Remember You By
3. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere
4. I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do
5. If You Could Love Me
6. Why Don't You Do Right?
7. The Meaning Of The Blues
8. Zoot Walks In
9. Where Are You?
10. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
11. A Cottage For Sale
12. I Never Loved Anyone
13. We'll Meet Again
There is a distinctly upbeat atmosphere at the Nola Studios because Jimmy Czak, Chief In Charge Of All Things Technical, is the master of his domain, and will not permit tension or attitude or any other nonsense to distract from the project at hand. He even agreed to let me stand in the middle of the room, not confined to the vertical sound-booth many prefer but which I hate.
Marc Myers, whose consistently informative and interesting web site is a "must-read" in this house, has written detailed notes for WMA. His enthusiasm for jazz, jazz musicians and jazz singers, is infectious and takes the form of extensive interviews with those bearing famous names and some not quite so well-known but who have devoted their life's energies to jazz. Marc also keeps us aware of new recordings and re-issues. Great site.
The cover photograph is a work of genius. Eric Stephen Jacobs (who has produced several outstanding covers for me) has, to say the least, "done it again". I am not nearly as glamorous as his lens always manages to make me look, but because we have worked so often in the past, I am able to relax during the shoot which eventually means we have diverse quantity and quality. Eric's brilliant talent and a Vitamin D each day ... magic.
I will be happy to hear from anyone who wishes to comment or ask for additional information about "We'll Meet Again". I have been forced to install a protective shield which will allow me to read submissions before they are published. I'm sorry about all this, but some offensive posts were previously available until I deleted them.
I am really happy to have added "We'll Meet Again" to my discography, and I hope it will please most of the people most of the time.