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Barbara Meyer & Phil Mattson | Down & Up With Love: The Truth from Harold Arlen

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Down & Up With Love: The Truth from Harold Arlen

by Barbara Meyer & Phil Mattson

A smart, diverse sampling of Arlen's deep songbook comes to light in this tremendously satisfying, soulful, occasionally sultry, and always steadfast delivery of both obscure and standard Arlen gems. Meyer & Mattson are talented and true.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. A Sleepin' Bee
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2. Blues in the Night
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3. Down With Love
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4. I Could Be Good for You
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5. Come On, Midnight
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6. Hit the Road to Dreamland
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7. One for My Baby
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8. I Don't Think I'll End It All Today
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9. Last Night When We Were Young
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10. Hurt but Happy
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11. Out of This World
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12. That Old Black Magic
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Most people know the timeless music that Harold Arlen wrote for The Wizard of Oz. But thanks to an ambitious project by Minneapolis vocalist Barbara Meyer and the celebrated arranger and pianist Phil Mattson, a smart, diverse sampling of Arlen's deep songbook will come to light in Down & Up With Love: The Truth From Harold Arlen (Barbara Meyer Music).

As to Meyer's interpretive performances on the Arlen disc, Mattson commends her for selecting "challenging songs" that reflect overall the theme of the title track, and her efficiency in the recording process: "I was only in the studio twice with her!" He goes on to compliment her "dramatic singing style -- she's also an actress." And her jazz instincts on and off the stage, in or out of the studio: "She never does anything the same way, and she is always musical; she writes her own charts, she has great chemistry with other musicians and intuitively gets the music and can deliver it. I really appreciate that, especially in a live setting."

Meyer is equally enamored of Mattson's great musical gifts: "He's been my coach, my teacher, my accompanist, my arranger, my inspiration, my mentor, my friend. He is so encouraging and talented and kind. When we set ourselves to a task -- whether it's rehearsing or performing -- we both seem to drop right into this musical groove and off we go -- magic and beauty every time!

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