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Sophisticated Ladies [Digipak]

Album: Sophisticated Ladies [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    After You've Gone - (featuring Emilie-Claire Barlow)
2)    It's Only a Paper Moon - (featuring Elizabeth Shepherd)
3)    Love for Sale - (featuring Jill Barber)
4)    Georgia on My Mind - (featuring Jackie Richardson)
5)    If You Could See Me Now - (featuring Sophie Milman)
6)    Sophisticated Lady - (featuring Molly Johnson)
7)    Night and Day - (featuring Carol Welsman)
8)    Satin Doll - (featuring Barbra Lica)
9)    Moon Indigo - (featuring Carol McCartney)
10)    Smile - (featuring Diana Panton)
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Reg Schwager (guitar); John Sherwood (piano); Terry Clarke (drums).
  • Recording information: CBS Studios 211, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Photographer: Ian Mazoff.
  • Arranger: Rick Wilkins.
  • Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's Sophisticated Ladies is a feature for ten Canadian female vocalists, many of whom aren't widely known outside of their homeland. The rhythm section includes pianist John Sherwood and guitarist Reg Schwager, plus two veterans who add spark to any date, bassist Neil Swainson (who long worked with George Shearing) and drummer Terry Clarke (who has worked with countless greats). There are no liner notes to give background on the vocalists, each of whom is featured on an individual standard or pop song of yesteryear, arranged by Rich Wilkins. As a result, there isn't a lot of risk-taking and the music tends toward the predictable, though Jill Barber's seductive vocal in the funky treatment of "Love for Sale" breaks the mold. The up-and-coming vocalist Sophie Milman has gotten quite a publicity push with her first three CDs; she tackles Tadd Dameron's longing ballad "If You Could See Me Now," occasionally getting overdramatic but capturing the song's essence. Carol Welsman's playfulness comes out in the breezy samba treatment of "Night and Day," accompanying herself on piano in Sherwood's place. Barbra Lica is assigned the unenviable task of tackling "Satin Doll" and does a respectable job, though Molly Johnson's raspy treatment of "Sophisticated Lady" is unremarkable. If Peter Appleyard's goal was to simply give greater exposure to these Canadian vocalists, he has succeeded, though it could have been improved with a more diverse selection of material. ~ Ken Dryden
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