Barbara Lea | The Melody Lingers On

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The Melody Lingers On

by Barbara Lea

Smooth-jazz renditions of movie tunes from the Great American Songbook by "a singer whose voice is a musical instrument, whose reading of a lyric makes complete sense, who knows how to phrase and shade, has style, charm, and the ability to evoke...
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Brooklyn Bridge
3:10 $0.99
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2. The Stanley Steamer
2:58 $0.99
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3. Begin the Beguine
4:29 $0.99
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4. Humpty Dumpty Heart
3:44 $0.99
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5. Call Me Irresponsible
3:34 $0.99
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6. A Rainy Night in Rio
3:48 $0.99
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7. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
4:12 $0.99
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8. Whip-Poor-Will
4:20 $0.99
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9. Love Is Where You Find It
3:14 $0.99
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10. The Last Time I Saw Paris
4:35 $0.99
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11. The Music Stopped
2:56 $0.99
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12. But Not For Me
3:53 $0.99
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13. The Monkey Doodle-Doo
2:27 $0.99
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14. The Man That Got Away
4:27 $0.99
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15. A Lot in Common with You
2:28 $0.99
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16. Easy Living
5:03 $0.99
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17. It Seems To Be Spring
2:43 $0.99
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18. The Nearness of You
5:09 $0.99
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19. Ten Cents a Dance
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20. The Song Is Ended
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Album Notes
REVIEWS OF "THE MELODY LINGERS ON":

Francis Davis - SOUND AND VISION
I'm going to insist you hear this because: (1) accompanied by a rhythm section led by the attentive pianist McAfee, Lea -- the logical successor to Mabel Mercer as Queen Mother of cabaret -- turns in definitive interpretations of 20 great songs familiar and obscure... (2) this is the only place to find the slowed-down, heartbreaking "Begin the Beguine" that has been a centerpiece of her shows for the past decade..."

Alan Bargebuhr - CADENCE
...the more familiar standards should not be overlooked because Barbara is very apt to illuminate them anew... This is cabaret music with subtle jazz touches; an absolute honey of a CD.

Max Preeo - SHOW MUSIC
Nothing could be more welcome than a new release from Barbara Lea, a great singer who hasn't cracked mainstream audiences but delights those fortunate to catch her in cabaret and jazz clubs... She's a song's friend. Whether ballad or novelty, her interpretations make them refreshed.

SHORT BIO
Barbara Lea is acknowledged one of the finest exponents of American show tunes and standards.

Her professional career, which started upon graduation from Wellesley College, has taken her from clubs to concert halls to jazz bands to recording studios.

Studying acting to improve her stage presence, she launched a new career as an actress in plays and musicals, playing everything from glamorous femmes fatales to hillbilly grannies, from musical comedy to Shakespeare.

She has CDs available on Audiophile, the European label Challenge, and Fantasy/OJC.

Press quotes: "Barbara Lea has no superior among popular singers" (The New Yorker).

"Barbara Lea is that rarity in this day and age, a singer whose voice is a musical instrument, whose reading of a lyric makes complete sense, who knows how to phrase and shade, has style, charm, and the ability to evoke the opulent glamour of a night on the town with caviar and champagne." (Melody Maker)

"Out of all the performers to be seen in New York clubs this weekend, none is more artistically distinguished than Barbara Lea" (NY Times).

"A singer does not arrive easily at that stage in a career when she can be said to hold court during her nightclub appearances. Mabel Mercer was a prime example of one who did, and Barbara Lea, even without Miss Mercer's regal bearing, has developed that rare aura". (NY Times).

"Aside from the sheer enjoyment of listening to superb music expertly executed, Barbara Lea can teach you more about music and about singing a song in one hour than you'll get out of a year of voice lessons" (Backstage).

"The performance forced you to reconsider the virtues of a song you thought you'd have been perfectly happy never to hear again (Philadelphia Inquirer).

"Lea's voice and delivery, her beautiful intonation and interpretations are unsurpassed" (San Francisco Examiner).

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John Cox

One of the great singers as dominant as ever.
It is sad and mystifying that the great Barbara Lea has had to release this CD privately to get it into the market place.Lea is one of the truly giant figures on the postwar popular music scene. Ever since the appearance in 1957 of her debut disc Lea/In Love she has been a name to be reckoned with. And my goodness, she still is. The Melody Lingers On is dedicated to the memory of Roy Hemming, and this dedication has drawn the attention of UK collectors like me to the books of this admirable archivist of the showbiz world, who is not as well-known over here as he should be. And the disc itself, very well presented and recorded, reminds us that Barbara Lea, musicologist, adviser and friend of singers, is still at the top herself. But why one of the busy little labels that work so hard in this field didn't snap this up baffles me. Private releases can have short print runs. Buy it now.
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Jeanie Wilson

Exquisite-LEA executed
This CD is proof positive that popular song has no better friend than Barbara Lea. In an instantly recognizable dusky alto -- warm and controlled -- she finds the heart of each of the generous 20 movie songs, ever respectful of both lyric and melody while making each gem her own. From the lesser known songs such as a jaunty "Stanley Steamer" to standards like "Begin The Beguine", breathtakingly reinvented and slowed down, Lea sails confidently through a wonderful mix of songs with her honest, direct yet sophisticated approach. Other highlights -- on a CD of all highlights -- include a romantic "The Music Stopped" (showcasing the talents of pianist Wes McAfee), an appropriately world weary "Ten Cents A Dance", a lush "Call Me Irresponsible" with little known verse, a hilarious "Monkee Doodle Doo", an infectious "A Rainy Night In Rio" and the haunting final track, "The Song Is Ended" which gives the CD its title, " the melody lingers on".... one listen to this CD and you'll agree.
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