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Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

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Hoagy Carmichael 25//2002

Review

This project in tribute to composer Hoagy Carmichael is a true labor of love, as trumpeter Dick Sudhalter and friends explore a host of Carmichael's songs -- famous, obscure, and in between. The cast of musicians and singers changes from track to track, with trombonist Tom Artin and reed player Dan Levinson; a solid rhythm section including either Benny Aronov or Bob Dorough on piano, guitarist Howard Alden, bassist Jim Ferguson, and drummer Joe Cocuzzo; and arrangements by either Sy Johnson or Keith Nichols. Dorough is at his best with a very campy vocal in "New Orleans." The sweet southern voice of Ferguson in "Georgia on My Mind" is combined in a warm medley with Barbara Lea's beautiful interpretation of "Can't Get Indiana off My Mind," while they exchange vocals in a mesmerizing take of Carmichael's best-known work, "Star Dust." Unfortunately, the duet between the craggy-voiced Dorough and Lea in an old-fashioned waltz arrangement doesn't quite come off. The playful treatment of the little-known "What Kind o' Man Is You" (with lyrics by Carmichael) features Lea supported by Ferguson's swinging bass and Sudhalter's delicious muted trumpet. Instrumentals aren't ignored, with a gently loping "Snowball" and a classic jazz chestnut "Manhattan Rag." This well-conceived project should be considered essential by anyone who enjoys the works of the great Hoagy Carmichael. ~ Ken Dryden
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 New Orleans Hoagy Carmichael 3:21
  3. 2 Medley: Georgia on My Mind/Can't Get Indiana off My Mind Hoagy Carmichael 6:12
  4. 3 Bread and Gravy Hoagy Carmichael 5:45
  5. 4 My Resistance Is Low Hoagy Carmichael 2:58
  6. 5 April in My Heart Hoagy Carmichael 3:36
  7. 6 Moonburn Hoagy Carmichael 4:44
  8. 7 Stardust Hoagy Carmichael 6:34
  9. 8 Little Old Lady Hoagy Carmichael 5:58
  10. 9 Big Town Blues Hoagy Carmichael 4:39
  11. 10 What Kind o' Man Is You Hoagy Carmichael 3:28
  12. 11 Snowball Hoagy Carmichael 5:50
  13. 12 The Rhumba Jumps! Hoagy Carmichael 3:53
  14. 13 The Lamplighter's Serenade Hoagy Carmichael 2:36
  15. 14 The Nearness of You Hoagy Carmichael 4:48
  16. 15 Manhattan Rag [Instrumental] Hoagy Carmichael 3:49
  17. 16 Ev'ntide Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra 3:15

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