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Rosemary Clooney: Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle

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Rosemary Clooney declared her love affair with Nelson Riddle “the best blending of my job and my personal life that I've ever had." While it ended their respective marriages, it also resulted in some excellent music. Riddle will be familiar to most as the guy who orchestrated the great Sinatra records for Capitol; that is, if he's familiar at all. Suffice it to say that he was one of the greatest arrangers of all time, creating backgrounds for several different artists that all managed to present that particular person in the best light. Rosie Solves The Swingin' ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Jazz Singer

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Columbia’s compilation of vintage Rosemary Clooney gems comes with superb support. Throughout her career, the jazz singer always had that kind of expertise surrounding her. Jazz Singer starts off with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in an excerpt from Blue Rose. Clark Terry, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton rip off delightful solos to complement the buoyant singer. Then, from Tenderly, Clooney sings a soothing ballad: one of her most welcomed trademarks. The sound of her voice and the balance from supporting orchestras leads to a pleasant memento. The Hi-Los provide interesting interaction, and later, the Ray Charles Singers offer subtle vocal ...

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Rosemary Clooney: The Last Concert

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In Honolulu, with a huge orchestra honoring her with their lush support, Rosemary Clooney performed for an equally vast audience at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Her latest album, Sentimental Journey, had just been released. Communicating with her audience on several levels, “The Girl Singer” presents songs from her recent album along with a few surprises. Her dialogue with the audience is captured in its entirety, which makes this album quite special. Matt Catingub’s big band and the Honolulu Symphony Pops Orchestra are impeccable. Clooney sounds good. Her unique phrasing, her relaxed sense of swing, and her smiling vocal ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Sweet Melody

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What can I say about Rosemary Clooney that I’ve not said hundreds of times before — that she is one of the most charming and intelligent interpreters of popular song that it has ever been my pleasure to hear and appreciate. These fourteen examples of Rosie’s uncommon artistry, recorded between 1949 and ’56, include four from her own favorite album from that era, on which she is accompanied by the marvelous Duke Ellington Orchestra. The earliest selection, “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” (with Hugo Winterhalter’s orchestra and chorus), dates from 1949 when Rosie was barely out of her teens and a ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Let It Snow: Christmas with Rosemary Clooney

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Here’s a baker’s dozen of previously released Christmas material by Rosemary Clooney, issued on the North Star label. The fine print indicates that this “compilation” is copyright Concord Records. However, this program seems to be 13 of the 21 songs on Clooney’s Concord CD, “White Christmas.” So, naturally, I would recommend choosing the Concord CD in order to get the remaining eight songs.

Packaging concerns aside, if you love Rosie, you’ll love this. All of her stylistic traits are here. Her voice sports her controlled waver, and she tends to over-enunciate words. She’s casual and warm, like an old friend. ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Let It Snow

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Released by North Star, this album of Christmas favorites by the fabulous Rosemary Clooney was compiled by Concord Records, presumably from more than one of the many albums she has recorded for that label over the years. Anyone who has read more than a handful of this writer's reviews will be aware of his fondness for Rosie whose distinctive voice and easygoing style have always struck a responsive chord. She is, quite simply, one of the most wonderful pop singers ever (our opinion, of course, but one that is shared by many others). She's accompanied here mainly by large orchestras, ...

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Rosemary Clooney with Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack: Sentimental Journey: The Girl Singer and Her New Big Band

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The inestimable, indefatigable and indestructible Rosemary Clooney devotes her umpteenth album for Concord to her days as a girl singer. She started, as vocal fans know, with the Tony Pastor Orch. back in the 1940's which seems like eons ago, which it is. Over the years she sang with Harry James and others during her career. But although “girl singer" is in the title, her current status is quite different. As an icon singer of the Great American Songbook, the band and its arrangements are built around her. No waiting for the “boys" to take the first chorus before sidling ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Sentimental Journey

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Rosemary Clooney's voice still sounds as warm and youthful as ever. It must be that old black magic. She sings favorite swing era songs with a trademark bounce that rings familiar time and again. Surrounded, for the most part, by big band artists, Clooney is right at home with musical arrangements crafted by John Oddo and Matt Catingub. For “I'll Be Around," she's accompanied by Catingub on piano. For “The Singer," a new song, she's accompanied by Vincent Falcone on piano with synth strings. Another new song, “I'm The Big Band Singer," features Clooney with big band, while “You Go ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Legacy of Song - Original Recordings

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Having finally escaped from the artistic shackles placed on her by Mitch Miller's corn machine at Columbia, Rosemary Clooney began recording for several other labels. One of them was RCA for some productive work during the early 1960's. Tracks culled from two RCA releases make up the bulk of this compilation. Because of these albums, and others, by the 1970's Clooney had emerged as one of our great song stylists.

The best of the albums is Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie where RCA recognizes Clooney's affinity for the jazz genre by hooking up her with Don Fagerquist, Jimmy Rowles and ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Rosemary Clooney: The Songbook Collection

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Individually, Rosemary Clooney’s albums giving tribute to the great American song-writers of approximately the middle of the twentieth century seemed interesting, and even illuminating, as she subtly evoked the intentions of those writers by her straightforward delivery of their tunes. Little did the listeners of the six CD’s in Rosemary Clooney: The Songbook Collection realize at the time of their release in 1979 and throughout the 1980’s that a larger perspective enveloped the incremental growth of Clooney’s discography focused on a single theme.Slowly but surely, Clooney, with her regular hornmen Scott Hamilton and Warren Vaché, built a true ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Brazil

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P>Never during her more than 50 years of performing has Rosemary Clooney sounded better than on her latest album for Concord Jazz. Long occupying a top rung on the vocalist ladder, it wasn't until she escaped from the clutches of shlock music king, Mitch Miller, at Columbia Records and signed with Concord Jazz that her prodigious talent was nurtured and brought to the fore. Of course the voice shows some wear and tear after all the years, but still oozing out of every note is Clooney's absolute certainty that she is a master of her art along with supreme confidence ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Brazil

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Like her songbook albums representing Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, classy Rosemary Clooney’s latest release is dedicated in part to a writer of beautiful songs: Antonio Carlos Jobim. Her presentation, surrounded by an outstanding supporting cast, remains mellow, natural, and all acoustic. Tempos, for the most part, remain slow and relaxed so that an emphasis may be applied to melody and consonant harmony. Two guest vocalists join the veteran singer with duets that recall Clooney’s 1945 career onset. After singing duets with her sister Betty for WLW ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Songs from the Girl Singer: A Musical Autobiography

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The debate goes on. What is a “Jazz singer”? Does Rosemary Clooney qualify? I’m afraid I have no answer for that. To me, there are two kinds of singers — those I like, and those I don’t. Rosemary Clooney is among the former and always has been, since I first heard her back in the ’50s putting her stamp on inane novelty songs (“Come On–a My House,” “Mambo Italiano”) or lovely ballads like “Hey There” and “Tenderly.” Those tunes and a whole lot more are included on this two–disc “musical autobiography” which serves as a companion piece to Rosie’s recently ...

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Rosemary Clooney: Songs From The Girl Singer: A Musical Autobiography

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This compilation provides a summary of Rosemary Clooney’s singing career. Intended to serve as a companion piece for her Doubleday autobiography Girl Singer: An Autobiography which was be released last month, the 2-CD set is organized into two logical volumes. Disc one begins with a 1946 radio session with Tony Pastor and concludes with a 1961 studio session with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. Disc two is an overview of her Concord Records years up to the present.

Rosemary Clooney’s walk through history is like a radio that plays snapshots of the Twentieth Century. Turn the dial and, instead of ...



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