Make Someone Happy [Canada]

Make Someone Happy [Canada]

by Sophie MilmanSophie Milman

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Overview

Sophie Milman exudes confidence in her second CD as a leader, though she draws material from a much wider range of music styles for this session. The singer is still a fine interpreter of standards and show tunes, offering a flirtatious "People Will Say We're in Love" as a solid opener and an imaginative setting of "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" that showcases harmonica player Gregoire Maret and pianist Paul Shrofel. The addition of a droning opening vamp in "Fever" updates Peggy Lee's hit while keeping its hypnotic flavor intact. Arranger Cameron Wallis is added on tenor sax for Milman's torchy interpretation of "Make Someone Happy," while he wrote the bossa nova "Reste (Stay)" in which she negotiates the multilingual lyrics flawlessly. The singer swings like mad in Shrofel's playful "So Long, You Fool." Some of Milman's choices from pop don't work quite as well. Composer Randy Bachman is an added guest for his "Undun" (a hit for the Canadian rock band the Guess Who), though it sounds bogged down. A number of Stevie Wonder's songs have become favorites of jazz musicians, but "Rocket Fever" quickly becomes tiresome and never shakes its pop flavor. Sophie Milman deserves high praise for not playing it safe and taking some chances for this outing, which is warmly recommended. [Linus Canada also released the CD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Linus
UPC: 0803057007721
catalogNumber: 270077
Rank: 52373

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sophie Milman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Guido Basso   Flugelhorn
Randy Bachman   Electric Guitar
Vern Dorge   Alto Flute
Kieran Overs   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rob Piltch   Guitar
Alan Hetherington   Percussion
Anne Lindsay   Violin
Claudio Vena   Viola
John Johnson   Bass Clarinet
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica
John "Snakehips" Johnson   Flute,Bass Clarinet
Paul Shrofel   Piano
Cameron Wallis   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jill Vitols   Cello
Jenny Thompson   Violin
Dennis Keldie   Hammond B3
John Fraboni   Drums

Technical Credits

Marc Jordan   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Randy Bachman   Composer
Sheldon Harnick   Composer
Jerry Bock   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Steven MacKinnon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Raposo   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Hannah Senesh   Composer
Paul Shrofel   Arranger
Cameron Wallis   Arranger,Composer

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