Connee Boswell - Sings Irving Berlin
Connee Boswell Sings Irving Berlin
By Connee Boswell
Very Good Condition
This was Connee Boswell's final album. The singer, who had just turned 50, was no longer in her musical prime although her vocals were still quite listenable. Joined by some top studio musicians (including four trombones on five numbers and a small string section on the remaining five), Boswell interprets ten Irving Berlin songs. Her phrasing was still appealing and lightly swinging although her voice was not as strong as previously. This last chapter in Connee Boswell's career is a historical curiosity that was reissued in 1997 on CD.
It isn't Connee Boswell in her best voice - you almost have to listen to her with her sisters to really hear that - but it is Connee Boswell with a maturity that has quickened the vibrato, softened the edges of her range but not lost the feeling.
The album suffers from a production style that allows her fortisimo to echo, It favors the softly sung "Always," "How Deep is the Ocean" and "White Christmas". "Blue Skies" is almost classic CBoz with its guitar scat and vibes (harkening back to Martha's celesta accompaniment). I read reviews that made me concerned about this album, but if you love Connee Boswell, you'll love this album.
1 Cheek to Cheek 3:21
2 White Christmas 3:12
3 Alexander's Ragtime Band 2:37
4 There's No Business Like Show Business 4:14
5 All by Myself 2:04
6 How Deep Is the Ocean 3:00
7 Blue Skies 3:07
8 All Alone 3:12
9 Always 2:27
10 Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much 3:02
- Original Release Date: October 14, 1997
- Release Date: October 14, 1997
- Label: Simitar
- Copyright: (C) 1997 Simitar
- Total Length: 30:11
- ASIN: B00GH0KQQ0