Arnold Olenick: Songs from My Trunk-Standards for the Millenium
If this album is any indication, Olenick clearly favors the cabaret style. He's also equally adept with ballads and up tempo material. His lyrics are the message rather than the medium for vocal pyrotechnics. Olenick's work is straight from the shoulder story telling, mainly in the contemporary mode. Five singers appear on this album and all are comfortable with Olenick's songs. Ruthie Ristich has a good feel for cabaret and thus a good feel for Olenick's material. "Must I Want only You?" sung by Jan Peters is one of the finer tunes on the album. Jane Meryll is another cabaret type singer story telling comes through on the five songs she sings, with an exceptional performance on "That's When I Found Spring" which would be suitable for a Michael Feinstein or Bobby Short. The only way any of these tunes have a chance of becoming popular among singers is if someone of the stature of a Feinstein, Short or Marlene Ver Planck picks up on them. Too bad as there is good stuff here.
Track Listing: Who Can Tell?; Must I Want only You?; This Kind of Thing; Sweet Talkin' Papa; No Way to Be Blue; That's When I Found Spring; Once upon a Time; Hopelessly Romantic; Blues That Never Go Away; The Game Ain't Over; It's Your Eyes; Love for Two; We Were Young; Rip Van Winkle Blues; Summer Is Over; No One But You; It's My Time!
Personnel: Jane Meryll, Ruthie Ristich, Will McMillan, Jim Porcella, Jan Peters - Vocals; Bobby Rosengarten Trio/Steve Olenick Trio - Instrumental backup; Steve Olenick - Keyboards