Re: The Bing & Rosie CD
Posted by Larry Jordan on October 10, 2013, 7:08 pm, in reply to "Re: The Bing & Rosie CD"
Glad you enjoyed the CD. It was a labor of love to work with music by such legendary artists as Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Most of these tracks are not generally well known even by diehard fans. A majority of the recordings had only bass, piano and drum accompaniment. Also, there was no reverb on their voices. This was a producer's dream come true because it allowed me to build on top of it. |
In other cases, the arrangements on the originals were quite pretty (as with Rosey's commercial releases such as "Half As Much" or "Brahm's Lullaby.") But they were mono and sounded one dimensional. We cleaned them up and then I had my musicians play note for note on top of the originals. I wasn't even sure we could do this from a technical standpoint, but the fact that we were able to pull it off is a testament to the talented people with whom I've worked. This transformed the songs into stereo. We also added other sweetening instrumentally -- many subtle touches, including glissandos, arpeggios, a variety of string treatments ranging from pizzicato (on the fun and humorous duet "Man (Uh-Huh) and Woman (Uh-Huh)") to double stopping, spiccato, etc. I had an outstanding percussionist who did a phenomenal job of enhancing the rhythm on a song and bringing it to life.
I enjoy taking tracks that have problems and correcting them. On "Brahm's Lullaby,” for instance, the intro was too bright, there were three or four brief drop-outs on the bridge and I heard a cellist playing four notes off-key. So we got rid of the original music and built a new intro, new bridge and of course my strings played along with the original. I also asked my superb pianist, Danny Crawford, to play the Steinway grand to accompany Ms. Clooney as that song really begged for a piano.
Scott Graham was a terrific addition to my crew and not only has a sophisticated understanding of music theory but also is a skilled studio engineer. AND a perfectionist, as are my other people. So Scott fit right in.
Although up to now I have produced primarily country recordings (though there are exceptions on the Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline CDs I've done in the last year), "Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney: The New Recordings" is the first time I've ventured into the more sophisticated realm of pop orchestration. It's been a lot of fun and a learning experience. (I didn't realize oboe was so hard to play and on a couple of tracks I had to use flute instead as the oboists couldn't sustain the long notes I wanted; we did, however, add oboe to such songs as Rosey's jazzy version of "I'll Be Around" and also "Ebb Tide.")
As you can tell, I'm very excited about this wonderful new CD that I produced for a European label, which manufactured and released it in the EU! (It is also available in other locales around the world). It gives me enormous pleasure and satisfaction to take a diamond in the rough and work with such bright and creative people to polish it into something exquisite...which this CD definitely is. Amidst a whole bunch of Crosby releases by UMG and others this year (it's puzzling how there is such renewed interest all of a sudden in Bing), I can guarantee you there is nothing out there that compares to this particular release.
I feel that now these great vocals are showcased in musical settings that do them justice. The songs are all very pretty and the richness of Bing and Rosey's voices will surprise you. I doubt that most people even realize how great these two singers were.
Judge for yourself by listening to samples at the link below.
Link: New Bing/Rosey CD