Love Is for the Birds

Love Is for the Birds

by Meredith d'AmbrosioMeredith d'Ambrosio


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Singer Meredith d'Ambrosio alternates between trio arrangements (which she co-arranged with pianist Lee Musiker) and a sextet scored by trumpeter and flugelhornist Don Sickler, while also writing lyrics for all 13 songs, which are centered around the challenge of achieving and maintaining love. Her soft, cool-toned vocals are captivating, as is her ability to write intelligent lyrics that originate from songs by composers like Kenny Dorham ("Rhyme of Spring," originally "Poetic Spring"), Harold Land ("That Magic Rapture," initially called "Rapture"), Tom McIntosh ("Cup of Life," adapted from "The Cup Bearers"), and Clifford Brown ("Beloved," based on his well-known "Daahoud"). D'Ambrosio also wrote both the music and lyrics to six of the selections, including the haunting ballad "I May Be the One." She collaborated with Eddie Higgins (her husband) on the richly textured samba "Just a Dream (Falando de Orlando)" and Ray Passman on the whimsical but understated "Frishberg and Dorough," a fine tribute to two very entertaining singing pianists which intermixes excerpts of lyrics from each of the songs. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728110129
catalogNumber: 1101
Rank: 105903


  1. Cup of Life (Cup Bearers)
  2. Steppenwolf
  3. Rhyme of Spring (Poetic Spring)
  4. Valentine
  5. That Magic Rapture (Rapture)
  6. I May Be the One
  7. Don't Go (Josephine)
  8. Tell This Poor Fool
  9. Just a Dream (Falando de Orlando)
  10. Love Is for the Birds
  11. Beloved (Daahound)
  12. Blame It All on Spring
  13. Frishberg and Dorough

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meredith d'Ambrosio   Primary Artist,Voices
Don Sickler   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Joe Ascione   Drums
Bob Kindred   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Lee Musiker   Piano
John Allred   Trombone

Technical Credits

Meredith d'Ambrosio   Arranger,Composer,Cover Painting
Harold Land   Composer
Ralph Moore   Composer
Don Sickler   Arranger
Michael Braunstein   Executive Producer
Eddie Higgins   Composer
Lee Musiker   Arranger
Ray Passman   Composer
A.T. Michael MacDonald   Engineer
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
François Zalacain   Producer,Executive Producer

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