This One's from the Heart

This One's from the Heart

by James DarrenJames Darren

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Overview

During a career that's stretched for more than 40 years, James Darren has touched many of the bases in the entertainment game. He started in the 1950s when he was a teenage idol of the big screen, and then moved on to appearances on any number of TV shows over the ensuing years. One of the more notable of these appearances was his portrayal of a swinging 1960s Rat Pack crooner on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This wasn't one of those too-often-seen instances of miscasting: The man can sing, and this, his latest album, is telling evidence of his gift. Coincidentally, ironically, or whatever, Darren comes across a bit like another singer who began his career in the 1950s: the similarly surnamed Bobby Darin. And like his near namesake, Darren suffers from unfair and unnecessary comparisons to Frank Sinatra. It probably doesn't help matters that several songs on the album are strongly associated with Sinatra, including "All the Way," "Come Fly With Me," "Night and Day," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." If any singer with a style like Darren's were forced to limit his selections to songs not already done by Sinatra, the vocal pickings would be slim indeed. Darren has something to say with each of these tunes, and he says it well. That he is blessed with outstanding arrangements by some of the best in the business, like Alan Broadbent, Sammy Nestico, Tom Ranier, and the late Marty Paich, contributes mightily to making this session an enjoyable listening experience. The instrumental accompaniment includes appearances by some of the finest jazz musicians extant. On a midtempo "I've Got the World on a String," Darren is backed by a strong tenor saxophone solo by Pete Christlieb. "Sophisticated Lady" features Ranier's piano and the graceful, floating figures of Warren Luening on a Sweets Edison-like muted trumpet. Luening makes a similar contribution on "I'll Be Seeing You." Darren's rendering of one of Duke Ellington's most popular tunes stands up well with most interpretations. Darren is accompanied by a big band, with strings attached, on eight of the cuts. This group provides the background for very lush renditions of such standards as Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields' hauntingly beautiful "The Way You Look Tonight" (on which Luening's flügelhorn is prominent). For the remaining nine tunes, Darren is backed by a small group of fine musicians, including Luening, Ranier, Christlieb, Chuck Berghoffer, Gregg Field, and Ron Escheté. Darren offers a legitimate option to the hip male singers of the day. His is a crooning, swinging style that reached its zenith with Bing Crosby, Sinatra, and Darin, and was carried on by the inestimable Tony Bennett and Darren himself. This One's From the Heart is an amiable 52 minutes of great music, excellently arranged and performed by a good singer backed by fine musicians.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431486824
catalogNumber: 4868
Rank: 35899

Tracks

  1. The Best Is Yet to Come
  2. Come Fly With Me
  3. That Old Black Magic
  4. All the Way
  5. It's Only a Paper Moon
  6. I've Got the World on a String
  7. You'd Better Love Me
  8. Sophisticated Lady
  9. Just in Time
  10. I've Got You Under My Skin
  11. The Way You Look Tonight
  12. Here's to the Losers
  13. You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
  14. Dancing in the Dark
  15. Night and Day
  16. I'll Be Seeing You
  17. Satin Doll

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Darren   Primary Artist
Ray Kelley   Cello,Celli
Alan Broadbent   Conductor
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Eschete   Guitar
Gary Foster   Alto Saxophone
Patrick Williams   Conductor
Peter Matz   Conductor
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Lee Callet   Baritone Saxophone
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Terry Harrington   Tenor Saxophone
Gwen Heller   Violin
Dan Higgins   Alto Saxophone
Warren Leuning   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jayme Miller   Violin
Sammy Nestico   Conductor
Bruce Otto   Trombone
John Pisano   Guitar
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Tom Ranier   Piano
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
David Stenske   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello,Celli
Bob Zimitti   Percussion
Gregg Field   Drums
Leslie Woodbury   Violin
Lee Callett   Baritone Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Carolyn Osborn   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello,Celli
Hershberger   Violin
Mimi Granat   Viola
Eve Butler   Violin
Jennifer Walton   Violin
Lou Forestieri   Conductor
Virginia Frazier   Violin
Larry Hall   Trumpet
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Alex Iles   Trombone
Paul Cohen   Cello,Celli
Ralph Morrison   Concert Master
Raymond Tischer   Viola

Technical Credits

Alan Broadbent   Arranger
Patrick Williams   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
James Darren   Liner Notes
Jimmy Bryant   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
John Burk   Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Sammy Nestico   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Tom Ranier   Arranger
Schmitt   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
George Wilkins   Arranger
Joe Parnello   Arranger
Bill Smith   Engineer
Alexis Davis   Director
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Albert Treskin   Art Direction
Lou Forestieri   Arranger
Bill Rogers   Arranger

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