Jerome Kern - Classic Movie & Show Tunes from Rare Piano Rolls

Jerome Kern - Classic Movie & Show Tunes from Rare Piano Rolls
Release Date:
1996
Artist:
Duration:
31:36
Album:
Classic Movie & Show Tunes from Rare Piano Rolls
Styles:
Cast Recordings, Film Music, Show Tunes, Soundtracks, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Traditional Pop

Part of the Biograph Records Presents The Great American Composer Series, this short (32 minutes) album consists of eight selections in which piano rolls originally played by Lawrence Cook, Victor Arden, Paul Jouard, and Dick Watson have been newly recorded by using a Steinway Duo-Art Pianola Grand piano. The tunes includ "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "The Way You Look Tonight," and a medley of songs from Show Boat. One is accustomed to hearing Jerome Kern's melodies played in orchestral arrangements and accompanying singers, so these sprightly, if spare performances present a new way to hear the composer and, one presumes, in a style nearly contemporary to their compositions. The disc credits included a brief biography of Kern and a set of lyrics (so you can sing along), but tell nothing about the pianists beyond their names. Since they often embellish the songs in interesting ways, that's a shame.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Look for the Silver Lining / Buddy DeSylva / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: J. Lawrence Cook2:06
Who? / Otto Harbach / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: Victor Arden3:02
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes / Otto Harbach / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: J. Lawrence Cook1:50
A Fine Romance / Dorothy Fields / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: J. Lawrence Cook3:06
The Way You Look Tonight / Dorothy Fields / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: Paul Jouard3:16
All the Things You Are / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: J. Lawrence Cook3:24
The Last Time I Saw Paris / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome KernJerome Kern feat: J. Lawrence Cook3:27
Show Boat Medley: Make Believe/Why Do I Love You/Bill/Can't Help Lovi / Oscar Hammerstein II / Jerome Kern / P.G. WodehouseJerome Kern feat: Dick Watson11:25

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