At Last

At Last

by Ann Hampton CallawayAnn Hampton Callaway


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Ann Hampton Callaway came to jazz through a background in cabaret. The rich-voiced alto has a touch of vibrato which she uses effectively. With a fine rhythm section consisting of pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Victor Lewis, she mines the treasures of the Great American Songbook with a personal touch, showing off with a bit of effective scatting in "What Is This Thing Called Love," and delivering a playful "Comes Love" that is complemented by Wycliffe Gordon's gritty, muted trombone, along with a suitably dreamy "Lazy Afternoon." Callaway has a few surprises in store as well. She masters Chick Corea's demanding "Spain" with ease while she uncovers "On My Way to You," a forgotten gem by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman. She proves herself to be a talented songwriter with the soft bossa nova "Save a Place for Me" and the heartfelt "Finding Beauty," both of which add guitarist Rodney Jones and Latin percussionist Emedin Rivera. There are some misfires. Joni Mitchell's quirky "Carey" is an ill fit with the rest of the album, while the dull, narrow range of rocker Stevie Nicks' "Landslide" simply doesn't suit Callaway's rich voice. But these tracks are minor glitches in an otherwise outstanding release.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2009
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408366529
catalogNumber: 83665
Rank: 53955

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ann Hampton Callaway   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rodney Jones   Guitar
Ted Rosenthal   Piano
Marvin Stamm   Flugelhorn
Victor Lewis   Drums
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Jay Leonhart   Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
Emedin Rivera   Percussion
Teodross Avery   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mads Tolling   Violin

Technical Credits

Joaquín Rodrigo   Composer
Jarreau   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Stevie Nicks   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Bill Mays   Arranger
Ted Rosenthal   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Ann Hampton Callaway   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Armando Anthony Corea   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Jay Leonhart   Arranger
Elaine Martone   Producer,Audio Production
Jerome Moross   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Bill McKinney   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Charles Tobias   Composer
Anna M. Sala   Personal Manager
Arte Maren   Composer

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