COLE PORTER : DELOVELY GUITAR
The follow up to our GRAMMY winning Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar
featuring many of the same players and many new artists from around the world!
1) Anything Goes (Doug Smith)
2) I Get A Kick Out Of You (Nick Charles)
3) You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Eltjo Haselhoff)
4) Night And Day (David Cullen)
5) Let's Do It ( Mark Hanson)
6) I've Got You Under My Skin (Laurence Juber)
7) What Is This Thing Called Love (Mike Dowling)
8) Begin The Beguine (Jim Tozier)
9) Don't Fence Me In (Lasse Johansson)
10)My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Jim Earp)
11)Love For Sale (Wayne Johnson)
12)You're The Top (Brooks Williams)
13)Let's Misbehave (Kenny Sultan)
14)True Love (Tim Pacheco)
15)Delovely (Mark Hanson and Doug Smith / duet)
COLE PORTER “DELOVELY GUITAR” 2007 Solid Air Records
All guitarists made their own creative touch to Cole Porter's compositions. Eltjo Haselhoff's interpretation of “You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To” impresses a lot, just like David Cullen does on “Night and Day”. Laurence Juber excels on “I've Got You Under My Skin” and Jim Tozier on “Begin The Beguine”. Wayne Johnson's approach to “Love For Sale” is brilliant. Just as Tim Pacheco's contribution on “True Love”.
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews
Various Artists, "Cole Porter: Delovely Guitar," Solid Air Records SACD 2062, 2007
This anthology, drawn from Cole Porter's most familiar songs, follows
heels of Solid Air's Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar, which won a Grammy
Award in 2004 for best pop instrumental album. "Delovely Guitar"
the formula, this time showcasing 14 guitarists from the label's
impressive roster in one solo performance each, with one duet closing
the program. The CD begins with Doug Smith playing "Anything Goes,"
which employs harmonics, octaves, alternating bass and an unexpected
shift of the melody on to the bass strings, leading into a key change.
Nick Charles offers a similarly well-developed arrangement of "I Get a
Kick Out of You." Likewise, Eltjo Hasselhoff's "You'd Be So Nice to
Home To," frames a Chet Atkins-influenced treatment with a jazzy,
introduction and coda. Lawrence Juber creates a pop setting for "I've
Got You Under My Skin," dishing out his trademark octave runs, close
jazz chord voicings and treble bends in a very pleasing performance.
Both David Cullen's "Night and Day" and Wayne Johnson's freewheeling
"Love for Sale" are played on nylon-string guitars. These two cuts may
be the most successful interpretations on the disc, at least for
listeners expecting to hear mainstream jazz versions of this material.
Similarly, Mike Dowling offers a sensitive chord melody reading of
is This Thing Called Love," although played on a steel-string guitar.
"Begin the Beguine" gets a dark, dirge-like treatment from Jim Tozier,
and may be the most radical reimagining of any of the compositions
included here. As counterweights, Lasse Johansson and Kenny Sultan
lighten things up by recalling classic ragtime and Blind Blake in their
selections. The CD ends with Mark Hanson and Doug Smith dueting on a
pretty, stately "Delovely." This anthology deserves a reception equal
that of Pink Guitar, although Cole Porter's music comes from an earlier
time than Henry Mancini's and consequently may be more difficult to
recast for solo steel-string guitar. Many guitarists and general
listeners are sure to grab this disc - they won't be disappointed.
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