Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney | Cafe Manhattan: Unreleased

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Cafe Manhattan: Unreleased

by Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney

Literate and sophisticated - High Society doyennes the late Karen Kuykendall and Sterling Price-McKinney serve up the best life has to offer. From a dizzying medley of classic Cole Porter hits to the simple poignancy of Price-McKinney's "The Ballerina Son
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Medley: I Like You You're Nice, I'm Shadowing You, To the Ends
Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney
5:05 $0.99
2. Stay Awhile
Karen Kuykendall
2:40 $0.99
3. Ours
Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney
3:40 $0.99
4. Too Many Mornings
Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney
3:35 $0.99
5. The Cole Porter Medley
Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney
6:31 $0.99
6. Lonely Lounge
Sterling Price-McKinney
3:40 $0.99
7. The Fat Lady is Sick Today
Karen Kuykendall
2:10 $0.99
8. Almost
Sterling Price-McKinney
4:24 $0.99
9. Out of the Blue
Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney
3:39 $0.99
10. The Ballerina Song
Karen Kuykendall
8:25 $0.99
11. Where Will I Find My Heart?
Sterling Price-McKinney
2:50 $0.99
12. The Bilbao Song
Karen Kuykendall & Sterling Price-McKinney
6:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
The late Karen Kuykendall and partner Sterling Price-McKinney's trademark "Cafe Manhattan" territory stretched from Mexico to Cape Cod at one point. Though you'll never hear them together live again, you can still experience the their particular take on the good life, just as it was imparted to their "listening audience" during the halcyon days of 80's and 90's High Rolling Texas.

About the songs...

1. Medley: I Like You, You're Nice (Blossom Dearie & Linda Albert) I'm Shadowing You (Blossom Dearie & Johnny Mercer)
To the Ends of the Earth (Joe Sherman & Noel Sherman)

2. Stay Awhile (Arthur Siegel & Mae Richard)

3. Ours (Cole Porter)

4. Too Many Mornings (Stephen Sondheim)

5. The Cole Porter Medley - Night and Day, Begin the Beguine, Let's Not Talk About Love, Love for Sale, From This Moment On, How's Your Romance?, All of You, At Long Last Love, So In Love, What is This Thing Called Love?, In the Still of the Night (Cole Porter)

6. Lonely Lounge (Sterling Price-McKinney)

7. The Fat Lady is Sick Today (Sterling Price-McKinney)

8. Almost (Sterling Price-McKinney)

9. Out of the Blue (Sterling Price-McKinney)

10. The Ballerina Song (Sterling Price-McKinney)

11. Where Will I Find My Heart? (Sterling Price-McKinney)

12. The Bilbao Song (Kurt Weill & Bertold Brecht, English lyric Michael Feingold)

About "Cafe Manhattan"...

"Some combinations you just don't question: scotch and soda, satin and lace, lovers and Paris. As pairs, they create such an effortless sense of rightness of mood, elegance, style - that their union is never an issue. We accept without a thought that they belong together. Add to this list the oh-so-right combinations the duo of Sterling Price-McKinney and Karen Kuykendall."
-Robert Faires-

"She created the public character of a devil-may-care hostess with a husky voice; he played stride piano and sang with the wit of Coward, the wistfulness of Harold Arlen." -Michael Barnes-

"She is a slightly scorched butterfly made wary by too many flights over the candle's flame; he is the hopeful optimist who still knows about dreams being dashed to the ground. Together that make a charming, ever-so-sophisticated duo - Gertrude Lawrence crooning to Noel Coward - and they have honed their musical performance to a fine mellow sheen."
-John Bustin-

"Redolent of the 30's even when it's modern - decadent, campy, bitchy, and quite extraordinarily clever songs presented with impeccably mannered delivery and backchat.
-Music City News-

"Price-McKinney's lyrics are rarely accessories to the melody, and they sometimes take aim at the heart, hitting the soul and maybe a tear duct on the way."
-Pete Szylagyi-



to write a review

Michael Barnes - Austin American-Statesman

Nothing matches the duo's way with a theatrically turned phrase
... the core of any Cafe Manhattan experience remains Price-mcKinney's compositions, which have never received the sustained attention they deserve. Sometimes wistful, sometimes engorged with emotion, these songs traipse over long melodic and lyrical lines connected by his flowing keyboard underscores. "The Ballerina Song" is every bit as touching and pensive as Judy Collins "My Father". "The Fat Lady is Sick Today" sounds like what it really is: a bracing, embracing opener for an intimate musical.

Patrifck McDaniel

Is this my LIFE you are writing/singing?
Sterling, have you been reading my mail again? "The Ballerina Song" HAD to be written & sung about me! But wait, so was "The Fat Lady Is Sick Today," and "Almost," and... I can't really say this CD is delightful as it mimics life too closely, but it certainly is a delight to be able to listen as the two of you make this music available to us. BRAVO!!

Allen Bardin

For those of us who long for the lost days when a new Mabel Mercer or Lotte Lenya LP was an event, this release is cause to rejoice. If Karen Kuykendall ever sets foot on a cabaret stage in NYC, she'll be an instant icon! Rare chestnuts & Price-McKinney's literate thought-provoking songs, along with Kuykendall's throaty delivery make this new disc indispensable to cabaret and theatre aficionados.

Betty Rowland

I liked it very much!
I enjoyed getting acquainted with music I had never heard before. Exeept for "Night and Day" it was all new to me.

jay portnow

elegant and sophisticated
this has to be one of the best i've heard in years. where has karen kuykendall been hiding? she is the best, timing and interpretation are heavenly. and the arrangements! please, you couldn't improve on them if you tried. get this cd now.............jp of jazz through the night.

Dirk van Allen

Gangbusters !
Especialy liked Too Many Mornings....
played the entire CD 5 times in the first 48 hrs !
Karen is superb