Build a Bridge

Build a Bridge

by Audra McDonald



Ever since she emerged in the 1990s as a major vocal talent, Audra McDonald has made a specialty of blurring the boundaries between popular and art songs. And as her fans will be pleased to hear, Build a Bridge -- the four-time Tony winner's fourth solo album and first in as many years -- is just as far-ranging and genre-defying as her previous work. Casting a net across the wide world of pop, McDonald hauls in songs from artists as diverse as Randy Newman, Neil Young, and Elvis Costello, while also drawing on numbers from tunesmiths Rufus Wainwright, John Mayer, and Adam Guettel, among others. Guettel (of Light in the Piazza fame) provides two songs -- the titular "Build a Bridge" and the touching "Dividing Day," exquisitely accompanied by jazz pianist Fred Hersch -- while from the innovative songwriter Laura Nyro comes another pair: "To a Child" and the playful "Tom Cat Goodbye." Even "Bein' Green," Kermit the Frog's familiar signature tune, finds a place here, coming off as a poignant album highlight. McDonald's classy delivery and lustrous tone knit the disparate material into a thoroughly convincing whole, backed by a chamber band that shifts from simple keyboard to guitars and percussion to strings on the Randy Newman closer, "I Think It's Going to Rain Today." Another McDonald showcase that's as fresh as it is enjoyable, Build a Bridge spans musical categories and brilliantly ties it all together.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597986228
catalogNumber: 79862

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Audra McDonald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Fred Hersch   Piano
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Sandra Park   Violin,String Quartet
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Dan Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Doug Petty   Organ,Piano,Accordion
Erik Ralske   French Horn
Jay Bellerose   Percussion
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Ted Sperling   Piano
Peter Donovan   Bass
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Robert Rinehart   Viola,String Quartet
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Lisa Kim   Violin,String Quartet
Nick Cords   Viola
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Jon Manasse   Clarinet
Anja Wood   Cello
Gilmar Gomes   Percussion
Alan Stepansky   Cello,String Quartet
Soohyun Kwon   Violin

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Michael McDonald   Engineer
Randy Newman   Arranger,Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Fred Hersch   Arranger,Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Dan Petty   Arranger,Engineer
Doug Petty   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Raposo   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Jane Kelly Williams   Composer
Rufus Wainwright   Composer
Michael Wilson   Cover Photo
Adam Guettel   Composer
Ted Sperling   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
Barbara de Wilde   Cover Design
Ricky Ian Gordon   Composer
Jessica Molaskey   Composer
Nellie McKay   Composer

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