American Standard

American Standard

Music CD - 2020
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Publisher: [Berkley, CA] : Fantasy Records, [2020]
Edition: Music CD
Branch Call Number: 781.66 T215AM
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (45 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
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Jun 25, 2020

The Great American Songbook. A new genre, apparently. The Rolling Stones included “The Nearness Of You” in concert as a spotlight for Keith Richards with a horn arrangement. Keith had struck up an odd friendship with Hoagy Carmichael when both lived in Bermuda in the 80s. Such is life and an involvement with innovators ensures legitimacy. Perhaps putting Keith Richards in the same sphere, re The Songbook, as Tony Bennett is stretching it, yet heartfelt it remains. Rod Stewart and Bob Dylan’s entrees had commercial success, if less critical esteem in updating The Songbook, even using it for album titles. Successfully interpreting others songs is challenging and a long tradition. For James Taylor, an esteemed singer/songwriter, to fully enter this fray is odd. He has covered songs before, rather nicely, to quote Clare Pritchard (Modern Family,) “he sings like an angel.” He lovingly does “When You Wish Upon A Star” for Hal Winner’s lovely collection of Disney songs, Betty Carter’s enchanting “Someday My Prince Will Come” segues into a slamming “Cruella Deville” ala The Replacements. However, this collection of such is rather lame, sticks to form and offers little expansion of what Jazz greats do with these songs.

IndyPL_MaureenD Apr 20, 2020

James Taylor has returned to produce a new album of some golden oldies. He puts his own mark on each of the 14 selections that, even though done many times by many artists, can seem as if you’re hearing them for the first time. These classics and his smooth voice are a perfect fit.


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