Barnes & Noble
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the brightest lights on the contemporary cabaret scene. The 42-year-old Chicago native is a genuine triple-threat talent whose nimble keyboard and songwriting skills almost rival her gifts as an interpretive vocal stylist. With Signature, the smoky-voiced alto has created her most compelling and accomplished album yet. Conceived as a tribute to the classic singers who most deeply influenced Callaway's approach to the Great American Songbook, Signature is an inspired collection of standards identified with one-of-a-kind singers like Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee, among others. Callaway is clearly in clover on the luxuriously romantic "Tenderly," the swinging road trip "Route 66," a jazzy and charming "The Best Is Yet to Come," of the Morning." Signature virtually consists of highlights, but Callaway's spirited scatting on Ella Fitzgerald's "Mr. Paganini" and Mel Tormé's "Pick Yourself Up," as well as a truly devastating take on Billie Holiday's "Good Morning Heartache," are more than enough reason to make this a must-own disc. David Cohen
All Music Guide
On her seventh album, a varied collection of standards and novelty numbers, Ann Hampton Callaway is joined once again by jazz heavyweights: Kenny Barron on piano, Rodney Jones on guitar, Ben Wolfe on bass, and Lewis Nash (or Neal Smith) on drums. Callaway's voice falls somewhere between jazz and Broadway, which can be a liability on weighty ballads like "Good Morning, Heartache" and "For All We Know" (Freddy Cole joins her on the latter). But her feel for swing is convincing ("You Turned the Tables on Me," "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," "The Best Is Yet to Come") and her scatting is seasoned and adroit ("Mr. Paganini," the elaborate "Pick Yourself Up"). Wynton Marsalis and Frank Wess turn in a number of understated solos; the vocal group New York Voices does some nice horn-section simulation on "Route 66" and "Twisted." David R. Adler
A topnotch collection!
|Ann Hampton Callaway, Primary Artist, Piano, Primary Artist|
Rodney Jones, Guitar
New York Voices, Vocals
Freddy Cole, Vocals
Lewis Nash, Drums
Kenny Barron, Piano
Daniel Block, Clarinet
Peter Eldridge, Vocals, Group Member
Lauren Kinhan, Vocals, Group Member
Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet
Darmon Meader, Vocals, Group Member
Kim Nazarian, Vocals, Group Member
Terry Silverlight, Drums
Frank Wess, Alto Saxophone
Ben Wolfe, Bass|
Teodross Avery, Saxophone
Paul Gill, Bass
New York Voices, Guest Appearance
Freddy Cole, Guest Appearance
Deodato, Arranger, Producer
Ann Hampton Callaway, Producer
Kenny Barron, Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Butch Jones, Engineer
Darmon Meader, Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Paul Wickliffe, Engineer, Mastering
Bill Westmoreland, Art Direction
Lisa Schiff, Executive Producer
Danny Weiss, Producer
SOLO and DUET CD'S|
"At Last", Telarc
"Blues In the Night", Telarc
"Who Can See The Blue The Same Again?", Dismakers Single CD
"Slow", Shanachie Records
"After Ours", Denon Records
"Ann Hampton Callaway", DRG Records
"Bring Back Romance", DRG Records
"Easy Living", Shanachie Records
"Sibling Revelry" with Liz Callaway, DRG Records
"Signature", Shanachie Records
"This Christmas", After 9 Records/Angel Records
"To Ella With Love", Shanachie Records
GUEST APPEARANCE CD'S|
"Last Holiday", Music from the motion picture, Sall Entertainment Group
"In Good Company", LML Music
"Ladies Sing For Lovers", MCG Jazz
"Fine and Dandy", PS Classics
"2 Hands 10 Voices", Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS
"Toy", Big Black Booty Records
"Good Morning Heartache", Shout Factory
"A Cabaret Christmas", DRG Records
"Anywhere I Wander- Liz Callaway Sings Frank Leosser", Varese Saraband
"Broadway's Greatest Gifts 1999- Carols For A Cure" Rock-It Science Records
"Cincinnati Men's Chorus", Sound Foundry Productions
"Far From the Madding Crowd/The Awakening", Original Cast Records
"Grateful- The Songs of John Bucchino", RCA Victor
"Great Cabaret Performances", DRG Records
"Holiday Pops- Peter Nero & the Philly Pops", Encore Series
"Home For the Holidays", Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
"Jay Leonhart With His Friends", DRG Records
"Let Us Be United", SYDA Foundation
"Love Come Down, A Musical by Douglas Day", Day Records
"Sing Out!", Digital On Location
"Songbirds Special", Blue Flame Jazz
"Songbirds", Blue Flame Jazz
"Swing!- Original Cast Album", Sony Music
"Television's Greatest Hits, Volume 7", TVT Records
"The Best of In Celebration of Life 1-5", Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids
"The Seattle Men's Chorus", Emerald City Arts
"The Story Goes On- Liz Callaway On & Off Broadway", Varese Saraband
"Too Dead To Swing", Books On Tape
GUEST APPEARANCES ON BEN BAGLEY CD'S PAINTED SMILES RECORDS|
"Alan Jay Lerner Revisited"
"Cole Porter Revisited Vol. IV"
"Cole Porter Revisited Vol. V"
"Cole Porter Revisited"
"DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited Vol. II"
"DeSylva, Brown & Henderson Revisited"
"Hold On To Your Hats"
"Tallulah- Original Cast Album"
"Irving Berlin Revisited"
"Jerome Kern Revisited Vol. III"
"Noel Coward Revisited"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited Vol. II"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited Vol. V"
"Rodgers and Hart Revisited"
"Vernon Duke Revisited Vol. III"
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