Aaron Morishita | Singing Sondheim

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Singing Sondheim

by Aaron Morishita

Winner of the 2016 Bistro Award for outstanding recording, "Singing Sondheim" captures what Back Stage called “a performance of real artistry by a singer who has become one of cabaret’s most exciting male performers".
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1. Something's Coming / Our Time
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2. Love, I Hear
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3. What More Do I Need?
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4. I Remember
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5. Anyone Can Whistle
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6. It Wasn't Meant to Happen / Not a Day Goes By
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7. Move On
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8. I'm Calm
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9. Silly People
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10. What Can You Lose / Loving You
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11. More
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12. Could I Leave You?
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13. Pleasant Little Kingdom / Too Many Mornings
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14. I Never Do Anything Twice
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15. So Many People
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16. No More / Children Will Listen
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17. With so Little to Be Sure Of
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Album Notes
Attend the tale of Stephen Sondheim: Most of his theatre songs are built in such jewel-like and complex ways, with every “hair” in place, that to tinker can be tantamount to tragedy. Many singers tend to perform them as written, finding little room, need, or inspiration for variation or shifts in tone or emphasis. Sure, it's respectful, but then so very many singers sound, well, so very much like the performances on the original cast albums. When “re-done” becomes “redundant,” the listener's ear and mind and fancy are no longer tickled and we nod along and sing along in our heads, far from the edge of our seats. Enter Aaron Morishita. When he sings Songs by Sondheim, the oft-done and the less so, he amazes me with the refreshing shifts in emphasis and musical stresses he finds. This New York City song man and actor knows the power of a tiny pause, a sigh, an implied shrug, the echo of a chuckle, the differently shaded word with a brightening or darkening emotion. This is the album's first release, though it was actually recorded 15 years ago and foolishly shelved. He's not necessarily the character from the show, but his own cast of characters. He makes them work and makes them interesting. The appealing Morishita voice can sound youthfully naïve or world-weary or like a man conflicted. Jon Delfin's piano accompaniment is his ally and fellow intrepid investigator of new vistas and variations.
— Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway



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Bob Golden

Without question and by every measure, Aaron Morishita's "Singing Sondheim" disc has earned a highest position in any listing of the more accomplished Sondheim collections. A superbly sung, produced and comprehensive recital of classics, rarities and cut songs by the most important composer-lyricist in Musical Theater and American popular song history, many of the "Singing Sondheim" performances are definitive versions and NYC music scene veteran Aaron Morishita can now be counted as among the elite of Sondheim interpreters.