With a sultry, sexy voice all her own, a distinctive sense of phrasing that uncovers the meaning in each lyric, and an uncanny knack for selecting just the right songs,Susannah McCorkle continues to be one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Now, at last this most talented and intriguing lady devotes an entire recording to one of the greatest of the American Songwriters - Irving Berlin.
Burnishing familiar Berlin favorites like "Cheek To Cheek," "How Deep Is The Ocean" and the title track to a new luster, and revealing the gleaming facets of more obscure but no less-precious Berlin gems like "Love And The Weather" and"Everybody Knew But Me," McCorkle casts these great songs in settings as eclectics her Irving Berlin song selection from intimate duets with guitar to gregarious octet accompaniment. With each performance, Susannah McCorkle's invitation to Face The Music of Irving Berlin is a proposition you won't be able to resist.
"With her distinctively sensual sound, attention to details and lyrics, musical and lyrical intelligence, her synthesis of traditions as diverse as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and the bossa nova, McCorkle easily attains the upper brackets of any listener's list of the very best." - Will Friedwald, author of Sinatra! The Song Is You (1997 Da Capo Press)
FEATURING: Allen Farnham - piano, Al Gafa - guitar, Rich DeRosa - drums, Steve Gilmore - bass, Jerry Dodgion - alto saxophone & flute; Chris Potter - tenor saxophone, alto flute, clarinet; Gregory Gisbert - trumpet & flugelhorn; Conrad Herwig - trombone