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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Album review: Seth MacFarlane - Great Songs of Stage and Screen

Seth MacFarlane (vocals); Chuck Berghofer (bass), Peter Erskine (drums), Larry Koonse (guitar), Dan Higgins (alto sax) and Tom Ranier (piano) + members of the John Wilson Orchestra.

MacFarlane's sixth album, an enjoyable collection of tender ballads and uptempo tunes, is well worth checking out by those who like a good song well executed. 

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, the singer/actor deftly weaves songs of theatrical and filmic origins into a collection that harkens back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. 

Despite the presence of the big hitters listed above it's not quite a jazz album, more a superior example of quality popular singing. If you think of Sinatra and Bennett at one end of the spectrum and, say, Andy Williams and Jack Jones at the other then MacFarlane lies somewhere in the middle although on my favourite track - Ain't Got a Dime to my Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum) - the  influence is Bing which isn't surprising as Crosby sang it in a film way back in 1941 (Road to Morocco).

The jazz comes from the splendid big band arrangements by Bruce Broughton and the occasional contribution from Larry Koonse - always a good man to have around on a vocal session.

The album's true strength, for me, lies in the material which, if not totally obscure has, by and large, not been flogged to death like some standards I could mention but won't out of respect for the Gershwins, Julie London, Judy Garland and Peggy Lee.

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Lance 

Once Upon a Dream; I Loved you Once in Silence; Let's be Sensible; Ten Minutes Ago; Ain't Got a Dime to my Name (Ho Ho Ho Ho Hum); Love is Only Love; What Did I Have Then That I Don't Have Now?; Come Out, Come Out Wherever you Are; Two For the Road; All er Nothin'; You'd be so Nice to Come Home To; Mind if I Make Love to You?; Time for Parting.

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