Vocalist Deborah Shulman wanted Get Your Kicks to be a jazz album with a party vibe," which is something far different from her previous record--the wonderful (and weightier) Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Bernstein, Weill & Sondheim (Summit Records, 2012). The differing moods of each album, ultimately, reflect the musical nature of the composer(s) being covered; Bernstein, Weill, and Sondheim have serious" written over much of their respective work while Troup's tunes belong to a cooler school. The title of this album references Troup's most famous song, the immortal Route 66," but that's hardly the ...read more
Songwriter Bobby Troup was a master at composing conversational lyrics, and vocalist Deborah Shulman is a master at interpreting such lyrics. That the two come together on Get Your Kicks: The Music and Lyrics of Bobby Troup should be no surprise; also, it is about time that Troup received an homage treatment like this. His lyrics were always 1950s chic, written in a day before political correctness ended the evolution and expansion of the Great American Songbook. What Shulman does is bring an honest understanding of both a music and its period of popularity. Ted Howe joins ...read more
In the vicinity of Staunton, Illinois, a short strip of asphalt heretofore known as Route 66" lies silently abandoned. A local wag once suggested that the ghost remnant be pulverized into bits and sold to nostalgia types, with a wealth to be had--probably by the wag. Whether or not a fortune is to be made with vocalist Deborah Shulman's Get Your Kicks: The Music and Lyrics of Bobby Troup remains to be seen, but this recording is a treasure trove of talent.Much has been written about Bobby Troup: his personal, musical, and television lives, and his spirit-drenched oeuvre. ...read more
The respective output from compositional icons Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Sondheim has frequently been putty in jazz musicians' and arrangers' hands, proving that malleability is a sine qua non for long-range success in writing; genius-level composing skills, of course, also tend to help. While the actual act of interpreting the work of these three men is hardly original at this point, the fashion by which vocalist Deborah Shulman, trombonist Larry Zalkind and their talented compatriots dig into their music is wholly unique. They look at each of these fourteen selections as ...read more
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