Wednesday, August 12, 2015
There's nothing like two dames who can sing
They can make anything sound good. Even rescuing the title song from one of the worst movies ever made, Valley of the Dolls. Two of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell's duets from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Two Little girls From Little Rock (Jule Styne and Leo Robins from the original play) and, When Love Goes Wrong (Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Adamson's contribution to the the movie version) are brought back to life.
Other resurrections being: Life Is So Peculiar by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's It's a Woman's Prerogative (to change her mind) from St. Louis Woman, Ray Noble's Why Stars Come Out at Night, and the tune El Cajon composed by Johnny Mandel (to which the inimitable Dave Frishberg added lyrics). Great fun still, after all these years.
The CD is seasoned with Gershwin's S'Wonderful as well as other better known jazz standards like Moonglow, The Very Thought of You, Them There Eyes. There's even a new song, written by the singin' gal pals; Two Songbirds of a Feather, that is delovely.
We've had our eyes on these two charming women for years. Unlike some jazz and pop divas of our acquaintance, they seem like not only fun to listen to sing, but probably delightful dinner companions.