Uri Caine Ensemble: The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley
Caine has almost single-handedly reintroduced the accordion to other than ethnic music. He employed it with great effect in his Wagner document, Wagner e Venezia (Winter & Winter 910 013-2). The accordion (here played by the capable Dominic Cortez) plays a large role in providing these smoky diamonds with the quaint authenticity that makes them believable. The disc opens with a juxtaposition of a minimalist piano "Sidewalks of New York" and an accordion "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now." Full vocal treatments of "Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly" and "Life's a Funny Proposition After All" raise the disc above novelty, while Irving Berlin's "Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars" makes the disc almost essential. Uri Caine may be the most successful archivist of all.
Track Listing: Overture (Sidewalks Of New York, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now); Too Much Mustard; Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly; Life's A Funny Proposition After All; Sidewalk Story (Daisy Bell, My Wild Irish Rose, Sugar Cane Rag; Heliotrope Bouquet, My Gal Sal); Charleston Rag; Take Me Out To The Ball Game; Everybody's Doin' It; Cohen Owes Me Ninety Seven Dollars; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; Nobody; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee. Interlude (Sidewalks Of New York); By The Beautiful Sea; In The Good Old Summertime; Some Of These Days; Castle Walk; They Didn't Believe Me; Memphis Blues; After The Ball; You're A Grand Old Flag; The Bowery; When I Leave The World Behind; Finale (The Sidewalks Of New York); Coda (In The Good Old Summertime).
Personnel: Uri Caine: Music Director, Pianos, Vocals; Ralph Alessi, Dave Douglas: Trumpets; Don Byron; Clarinet; Dominic Cortez: Accordion, Vocals; Eddy Davis; Banjo; Bob Debtless; Flute; Mark Feldman: Violin; James Genus: Bass; Ben Perowsky: Drums; Josh Roseman: Trombone; Bob Stewart: Tuba; Nancy Anderson, Sadiq Bey, Renae Morway-Baker, Fay Galperin; Saul Galperin; Philip Hernadez; Brian D'arcy Jones, Nancy Opel: Vocals.
Record Label: Winter & Winter