DAVID BERGER JAZZ OR­CHES­TRA Sing Me a Love Song: Har­ryWar­ren’s Undis­cov­ered Stan­dards

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(Such Sweet Thun­der) Har­ryWar­ren is a com­poser­lyri­cist you know even if you think you don’t; and once you re­al­ize how many clas­sic hits he penned, es­pe­cially for movies, you’ll never think about cli­mac­tic Golden Age cin­ema mo­ments in the same way. War­ren, who died at 87 in 1981, turned out song af­ter s that per­fectly fit mo­ment and mood with telling mu­sic and smooth lyrics. He was equally adept at set­ting lyrics by oth­ers. But his tremendous skill and im­mense canon meant that his out­put was bet­ter known than he was as an in­di­vid­ual com­poser, as time went on. Among his hits were “Lul­laby of Broad­way,” “On the Atchi­son, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,” and the touch­ing “You’ll Never Know,” made fa­mous by Alice Faye in the un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated Hello, Frisco, Hello. He also wrote the score for 42nd Street, as well as “That’s Amore” and “Chat­tanooga Choo Choo.” What a range! This lov­ingly pro­duced disc ex­plores 15 songs drawn from hereto­fore un­used ma­te­rial made avail­able to David Berger by War­ren’s de­scen­dants, and Freda Payne and Den­zel Sin­clair per­form them su­perbly with heart­felt sup­port from Berger and his jazz or­ches­tra. This CD is de­light­ful to hear; it made me vow to prop­erly ex­plore the work of this mag­nif­i­cent Amer­i­can mas­ter. — Craig Smith

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