Wonder in the World

Wonder in the World

by Kelli O'HaraKelli O'Hara


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Ghostlight has issued a number of musical soundtracks, so it is not surprising that the performances on Kelli O'Hara's Wonder in the World have a theatrical air about them. What is surprising is the broad base from which O'Hara draws her material. One might expect, for instance, to find her version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "I Have Dreamed," or her duet with Harry Connick, Jr. on the title track (which Connick penned), and even imagine that Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" would fit in well structurally with other show tune oriented material. But O'Hara also delves into older pop classics like "Spooky" and later, James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." While both songs add a sense of familiarity for those more attuned to oldies radio than show tunes, and while O'Hara handles both songs well, they also add a lounge element that boarders on schmaltzy. This is especially the case with "Spooky." O'Hara has a light tone that works much better with songs like "Make Someone Happy" and "All the Way," and the tasteful, low-key accompaniment -- piano, bass, guitar, and drums -- with light strings provides the right counterbalance. For show tune and lounge fans who like a touch of pop with the classics, and for Harry Connick, Jr. fans (he plays piano on the album), Wonder in the World serves as a fine introduction to Kelli O'Hara.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2008
Label: Ghostlight
UPC: 0791558330922
catalogNumber: 83309
Rank: 119787

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelli O'Hara   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Connick   Organ,Bass,Piano,Conductor,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Martin Agee   Violin,Concert Master
Joe Barati   Bass Trombone
Sarah Carter   Celli
Jonathan DuBose   Guitar
Joyce Hammann   Violin
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Scott Kuney   Acoustic Guitar
Karen Milne   Violin
Joe Passaro   Percussion
Russ Rizner-French   French Horn
Richard Sortomme   Violin
Mineko Yajima   Violin
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Lorra Baylis   Violin
Maxine Roach   Viola
Sarah Adams   Viola
David Blinn   Viola
Liuh-Wen Ting   Viola
Caryl Paisner   Celli
Dave Philips   Bass
Rob Shaw   Violin
Roger Shell   Celli
Rob Berman   Conductor
Adam Grabois   Celli
Arthur Latin   Drums
Laura Oatts   Violin
Neal Caine   Bass,Acoustic Bass
John Widgren   Pedal Steel Guitar
Patrick Pridemore   French Horn
Brian Miller   Flute
John Benthal   Electric Guitar
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Barbara Biggers   Harp
Dan "D Unit" Levine   Tenor Trombone
Lynne Cohen   English Horn,Oboe
Louise Owen   Violin
Steven Hartman   Clarinet
Charles McCracken   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Harry Connick   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Billy Joel   Composer
Don McLean   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Vincent Caro   Engineer
Betty Comden   Composer
Tracey Freeman   Producer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Steve Norman   Contributor
Adam Guettel   Composer
Mike Shapiro   Composer
Jimmy Ryan   Cover Photo
Noah Cornman   Contributor
Kurt Deutsch   Contributor
Greg Naughton   Composer
Harry Middlebrooks   Composer
Jessica Disbrow   Art Direction
Kelli O'Hara   Composer

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