The Arbors All Stars: Pizzarelli Party (2009)
There's a distinct change of pace with a wistful, heart-tugging version of "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" by Molaskey. Hers is a tender flower on the fire escape singing that Depression Era gem, ably abetted by Aaron Weinstein's violin. A similar warm spirit continues with the classic "Sweet and Lovely" and those qualities are exactly what radiate from Weinstein, Bucky's acoustic rhythm guitar, John's electric and Larry Fuller on piano.
A wry and nearly forgotten Harold Arlen-Ira Gershwin gem, "I Knew Him When," is rediscovered through a vocal duet between Molaskey and Rebecca Kilgore. Drummer Tony Tedesco's brushes and Fuller's keyboard provide perfect accompaniment to the gals' easy sounds. Whatever they play, it's about getting together to make a joyful noise.
Track Listing: We Take On the Town; Strollin' Over to Nola (Gonna Play Some Blues); Oh, Lady Be Good!; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; Sweet and Lovely; Joe and Zoot!; I'm Making Believe; You Be The Judge; Somebody Call Hanly!; Under a Blanket of Blue; Check Out This Out; I Knew Him When; I'll See You in My Dreams.
Personnel: Larry Fuller: piano; Martin Pizzarelli: bass; Bucky Pizzarelli: acoustic rhythm guitar; Tony Tedesco: drums; Aaron Weinstein: violin; Harry Allen: tenor saxophone; Rebecca Kilgore: vocals; Jessica Molaskey: vocals; John Pizzarelli: electric guitar, vocals.
Record Label: Arbors Records