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Avant Gershwin (CD)

By: Patti Austin

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DISC 1 for Avant Gershwin (CD) Album By Patti Austin
1   Overtue/Gershwin Medley
2   I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise
3   Who Cares
4   Funny Face
5   Love Walked In/Love Is Sweeping the Country
6   Swanee
7   Porgy and Bess Medley

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Product Notes

In this decade of twin musical obsessions--for fond revisits to classic American composers and for all things ''80s--it''s a wonder Patti Austin hasn''t stolen the show with a Great American Songbook set sooner. Her ''80s duets--"How Do You Keep the Music Playing" and "Baby Come to Me" among them--remain indelible, and she''s already proved she''s a worthy interpreter with 2002''s justly praised For Ella. Plus, her voice on Avant Gershwin, rich and to the rafters, suggests she''s been ready to give this material a spin for decades. From the first moments of "I Got Rhythm," part of the opening "Overture/Gershwin Medley," Austin swings through these songs with the ease and exuberance of a born showman; you can practically see her onstage in a slinky evening gown, arms outstretched, head back, eyes squeezed shut, surges of electric sound all around her. Her "Porgy & Bess Medley" benefits from a manufactured breeziness that suits "A Woman Is a Sometime Thing" and "Summertime" especially well, and her "Swanee" saunters closer to modern sensibilities by replacing the "mammy" of the original with a simple "momma." In addition to Austin''s energy, the spirit of jazz gives these numbers juice. The WDR Big Band, which Austin has worked with previously, comes at a tune with a blend of boisterousness and sophistication, and Austin has a way of melting right in. She convincingly makes a case that she may have been born a bit late, but she was made to sing these songs. --Tammy La Gorce

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