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Songs Of America From Another American / Maynor, Olsen


Release Date: 03/25/2003 
Label:  Guild   Catalog #: 7247   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalIrving BerlinVincent YoumansIrving Gordon,   ... 
Performer:  Kevin MaynorEric Olsen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you like singing, especially songs in English sung by an artist who really knows how to project and present emotion and meaning while maintaining impeccable technique clothed in rich, dark, mellifluous tone, then you shouldn't hesitate to investigate this fine recital by bass Kevin Maynor. Maynor is a world-class and world-renowned recitalist and opera singer who happens to be African-American and thus, as he describes in the notes, carefully chose this program "mindful of how different the world perceives the United States of America . . . mindful of slavery days in this country . . ." and attempting to "consider the feelings of others, both negative and positive." As such, he's selected quite a diverse and Read more meaningful--as well as entertaining--lineup of songs, from the spirituals Go Tell It On the Mountain and This Little Light O'Mine to America the Beautiful, God Bless America, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Maynor taps a whole other aspect of American song and sensibility with standards such as Irving Gordon's Unforgettable, Duke Ellington's Come Sunday, Charles Chaplin's Smile, Manning Sherwin's A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, and George Gershwin's Love is Here to Stay. There are no fancy arrangements: the songs are presented in a straightforward, clearly stated, unadorned manner, with Maynor's wonderfully expressive voice and Eric Olsen's solid, supportive piano simply giving life and substance to the melodies and texts, in Maynor's words "inviting the listener to interpret [them] as she or he sees fit." Maynor's style is one of a mature, experienced opera singer, albeit one who understands that these are not arias but beloved, popular tunes, and he's able to keep them in that context while preserving his commanding vocal presence and artistic integrity. The sound is very fine, the voice bold and resonant and the piano robust and natural--except for some tinniness in the upper registers.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Go tell it on the mountain by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
2.
This little light of mine by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Written: USA 
3.
Kumbaya by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Africa 
4.
Let us break bread together by Traditional
Performer:  Eric Olsen (Piano), Kevin Maynor (Bass)
Written: USA 
5.
We Shall Overcome by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
6.
God Bless America by Irving Berlin
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918/1938; USA 
7.
Amen by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Written: USA 
8.
Battle Hymn of the Republic by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
9.
God of our fathers by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
10.
Great Day!: Without a song by Vincent Youmans
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
11.
Unforgettable by Irving Gordon
Performer:  Eric Olsen (Piano), Kevin Maynor (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
12.
He's got the whole world in His hands by Traditional
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Written: USA 
13.
Black, Brown and Beige Suite: Come Sunday by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
14.
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Manning Sherwin
Performer:  Eric Olsen (Piano), Kevin Maynor (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
15.
Goldwyn Follies: Love is here to stay by George Gershwin
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
16.
Babes in arms: Where or when by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Kevin Maynor (Bass), Eric Olsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
17.
(The) Lord's Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte
Performer:  Eric Olsen (Piano), Kevin Maynor (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
18.
Modern Times: Smile by Charles Chaplin
Performer:  Eric Olsen (Piano), Kevin Maynor (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 

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