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Sarah Partridge: Perspective (2010)

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Sarah Partridge: Perspective Track review of "Skylark"

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Sarah Partridge's recital, Perspective, follows three previous vocal recordings that mark the second half of her dual career as actor and singer. On her current offering, Partridge performs a collection of standards, with pianist Daniel May. that is as fresh and solid as Partridge's perfectly refined voice. The true beauty in Partridge's vocal delivery is her no-nonsense conservative approach to melody. She is much more a song stylist as opposed to a jazz singer, but then again, that is just semantics. Her interpretive gifts come closer to a Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
1915 - 1998
vocalist
or Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
b.1942
vocalist
than a Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy
Mark Murphy
b.1932
vocalist
or Betty Carter
Betty Carter
Betty Carter
1930 - 1998
vocalist
.

The enduring chestnut "Skylark" is a well-equipped vehicle for Partridge's perfectly balanced voice. The singer and pianist May are well-matched for this famous ballad, both approaching the piece with a careful, quiet grace respectful of its composers, transparently performing the song so that the genius of Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
1909 - 1976
composer/conductor
and Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael
1899 - 1981
piano
shines through unimpeded. May's piano is light and melodic, a bed of violets upon which Partridge's warm voice reclines.

Personnel: Sarah Partridge: vocals; Daniel May: piano.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Vocal


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