Beginning with a simple love of the tune and a rich, soothing voice, Tyrell brings engaging arrangements - marked by his flair for unique phrasings - to such notable album moments as Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You," the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler tune "I've Got The World On A String," Irving Berlin's "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," and the Billie Holiday classic "The Mood That I'm In." More than the fabric of our shared musical heritage, these seventeen stellar songs remain unrivalled in their ability to touch hearts and define the emotions that otherwise elude concise explanation. Without exception, Tyrell delivers the material with a sense for the original sentiment behind each song while rejecting any impulse to dress them up in the well-worn suit of nostalgia. After all, timeless doesn't necessarily mean dusty. SteveTyrell - the author behind such pop hits as the chart-topping "How Do You Talk To An Angel" and producer of Linda Ronstadt's Grammy-winning "Don't Know Much" (a duet with Aaron Neville) and "Somewhere Out There" (a duet with James Ingram) singles - approached the project as an outgrowth of his standards recordings for the popular Charles Shyer-directed Father of the Bride movies. Steve Tyrell has been part of making music history like the time he was in the studio with Joe Sample and Bob Mann ," recalls Tyrell. "We were trying to figure out this Duke Ellington song, 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' and Joe gets this idea. He says, 'Well..., we've got both Ellington and Basie's trumpet players here -- let's just take this Ellington tune and put it in a kind of Basie bag, y'know. So he starts playing it for us. As it turned out, both 'Sweets' and Clark played on the track for us and it became a kind of historic recording. With that song and those guys - yeah, there was a lot of history going on. Clark told me he played that song the first time it had ever been played." [+]
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