Because of You

Because of You

by James DarrenJames Darren


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Darren is perhaps best-known as the actor who played Moondoggie in the original Gidget, and more recently the character of Vic Fontaine in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Concurrently with his acting career, he spent the '70s doing nightclubs in Vegas, Reno, and Tahoe and fairs around the country as a popular crooner. On this appealing collection featuring classic songs from various eras and shimmering, jazzy big-band arrangements by Patrick Williams, Darren follows in the footsteps of his idols Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Not surprisingly, he recorded the 14 tracks at the Capitol studios where Ol' Blue Eyes did some of his most famous work. Darren has an easy, Bennett-like voice -- instantly likeable, rich, and emotionally resonant. So, with solid vocals and one of the best arrangers in the business, the only wild card would be choice of material -- and it's spectacular. He opens with a perky take on Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," then digs into the catalogs of Leslie Bricusse (the playful "My Kind of Girl"), Oscar Levant ("Blame It on My Youth"), and, of course, joyful songs that Bennett popularized like "Because of You" and "Good Life." On the opposite side emotionally, he tackles "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with a slight Brazilian-flavored arrangement. Darren also has a great time turning pop classics like "More Today Than Yesterday" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" into jazzy songs that sound like they were written a generation before they were. The set closes with a charming jazz trio take on "Dream a Little Dream of Me," which won't make you forget Mama Cass but is nevertheless engaging. Darren hardly crafts a crooning style of his own, preferring to go after the warm familiarity of his idols. Still, in its own way, Because of You is pretty irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431496922
catalogNumber: 4969

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Darren   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Jim Walker   Flute
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Lee Callet   Saxophone
Darius Campo   Violin
Mathew Cooker   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Earl Dumler   Oboe
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
George Graham   Trumpet
Terry Harrington   Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Monica Mancini   Harmony
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Paul Morin   Bass
Tom Ranier   Keyboards
Bob Sanov   Violin
David Stenske   Violin
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Gregg Field   Percussion,Drums
Christina Soule   Cello
Renita Koven   Viola
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Kristin Fife   Violin
Paul Klintworth   French Horn
Julie Berghofer   Harp
Olivia Tsui   Violin
Jennifer Walton   Violin
David Campbell   Track Performer
Phillip Teele   Trombone

Technical Credits

Sacha Distel   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Patrick Williams   Arranger
John Burk   Executive Producer
David Campbell   Arranger
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Pat Upton   Composer
Gregg Field   Producer,Engineer
Glen Barros   Executive Producer

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