An Affair to Remember: Romantic Movie Songs of the 1950's

An Affair to Remember: Romantic Movie Songs of the 1950's

by Beegie Adair


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Pianist Beegie Adair subtitles An Affair to Remember "romantic movie songs of the 1950s" and fills the album with themes from '50s movies played by her trio with the backing of the Jeff Steinberg Orchestra. Adair is not so much a jazz player as a stylist. "I have always prided myself on being able to make a strong jazz tune out of any good melody," she says in her press biography. "My credo is to remain as true as possible to the original intent of the composer which means I don't mess around with the melody much." Both parts of this statement are notable. Of course, not all melodies, however good, lend themselves to the making of "a strong jazz tune," and not messing around with the melody much tends to limit the possibilities of jazz improvisation. Relatively little of the material on this album is jazz-friendly, sweeping as the melodies may be, and Adair doesn't really do much swinging. Rather, she is in the easy listening tradition of Roger Williams (though she isn't as demonstrative) or Liberace (though she isn't as ornamental), adding an arpeggio here, a note cluster there. Her approach is well suited to these pieces, which call to mind the romantic scenes of the films. "Moonglow," dating back to 1934, is something of a ringer, even though it was interpolated into the 1956 film Picnic, and so is "Fascination," included in 1957's Love in the Afternoon although it originated as "Valse Tzigane" in 1904. Adair professes great affection for this music in her liner notes, but it's too bad that she didn't think enough of the songs to list the names of the composers. (This oversight has been corrected by in the tracks list, however.)

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
Label: Green Hill
UPC: 0792755586327
catalogNumber: 55863
Rank: 6376

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beegie Adair   Primary Artist,Piano
Jack Jezzro   Guitar,Double Bass
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
David Davidson   Violin,Concert Master
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Mary Alice Hoepfinger   Harp
Sam Levine   Flute
Denis Solee   Tenor Saxophone
Roger Spencer   Bass
George Tidwell   Flugelhorn
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Julie Tanner   Cello
Lee Levine   Clarinet
Connie Ellison   Violin
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Jeff Steinberg   Conductor
Chris Farrell   Viola
Carole Rabinowitz   Cello
Pam Sixfin   Violin
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Chris Brown   Drums
Ellen Menking   Oboe

Technical Credits

Jack Jezzro   Producer
Irving Mills   Composer
Beegie Adair   Liner Notes
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Brendan Harkin   Engineer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jeff Steinberg   Arranger,Orchestration
Michelle Grayum   Graphic Design
McCarey   Composer
Lee Wright   Art Direction
Heindorf   Composer
Greg Howard   Executive Producer
Ageron   Composer
Ed Keane   Booking
Chuck Stephens   Graphic Design

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