Ballad Essentials

Ballad Essentials

by Susannah McCorkleSusannah McCorkle


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Noted for the beauty of her voice and ability to freshen up the most tired lyric, Susannah McCorkle left behind an impressive and large body of work at the time of her death in 2001. Ballad Essentials concentrates onMcCorkle's softer side, collecting a dozen pieces recorded for Concord between 1983 and 2000. A remarkable cadre including Ken Peplowski, Emily Remler, and Bucky Pizzarelli join her on a variety of standards by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and the Gershwin brothers. The arrangements vary from vocal/guitar duets with Howard Alden and Al Gafa to the small-orchestra backing of "Let's Face the Music and Dance." There's an enjoyable, intimate version of "Why Don't We Try Staying at Home" and an elegant rendering of "Skylark." It's notable that McCorkle, like Ella Fitzgerald, chooses to include the verse, or beginning, of songs like "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "It Never Entered My Mind." A lovely rendition of Django Reinhardt's "Nuages," complete with French and English lyrics, provides a pleasant surprise, while "Manhã de Carnaval (Sunrise)" displays McCorkle's ability as an interpreter of South American material. For those less familiar with the great vocalist's work, Ballad Essentials serves as an excellent primer. For fans, the album gathers a dozen similarly toned pieces, or an hour's worth of music, in one place. A fine collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431212928
catalogNumber: 2129

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susannah McCorkle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Howard Alden   Guitar
Allen Farnham   Piano
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Keith Ingham   Piano
Dennis Irwin   Bass
Ben Aronov   Piano
Joe Cocuzzo   Drums
Keith Copeland   Drums
Richard DeRosa   Synthesizer,Drums
Thiago de Mello   Percussion
Digby Fairweather   Cornet
Alexander Gafa   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Gilmore   Bass
Greg Gisbert   Flugelhorn
Conrad Herwig   Trombone
Derek Hogg   Drums
Kiyoshi Kitagawa   Bass
Steve LaSpina   Bass
Duncan Lamont   Flute
Vanderlei Pereira   Drums
Chris Potter   Flute
Chuck Redd   Drums
Emily Remler   Guitar
Paul Meyers   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Sarpola   Bass
Ron Rubin   Bass

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Allen Farnham   Arranger,Musical Director
Ken Peplowski   Musical Director
John Burk   Executive Producer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Carlos Spaventa   Cover Photo
Ana Baracca   Art Direction

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