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Quiet Please / De Haas, Blier

De Haas / Blier / Wolf / Landesman / Gershwin
Release Date: 12/14/2010 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9334  
Composer:  Tommy WolfGeorge GershwinStevie WonderSam Coslow,   ... 
Performer:  Darius de HaasSteven Blier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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QUIET PLEASE Darius de Haas (vocalist); Steven Blier (pn) BRIDGE 9344 (62:33)


This is an absolutely delightful disc—a collection of American songs and ballads, beautifully sung and lovingly accompanied by one of our finest collaborative pianists. I did not want to take up Fanfare space with a complete headnote, but the contents include They All Laughed, I’ve Got a Crush on You, Mr. Paganini, Someone to Watch Over Me, Paper Moon, In a Sentimental Read more Mood, Sophisticated Lady, and Love for Sale— 17 songs in all. They range from the sentimental to the comedic, and De Haas and Blier capture each mood convincingly and precisely.


If you want a hint as to the style of the disc, think Michael Feinstein. That is emphatically not to indicate that De Haas is an imitator; he has his own style. But that might help to identify the genre of the music and performances here, and I suspect that if you enjoy the work of Feinstein as much as I do, you’re going to love this recording.


De Haas has extraordinary vocal control—the dynamics and shading at the end of There’s a Boat That’s Leaving Soon for New York followed by the wonderful soft singing that opens Good Morning Heartache are the work of a finished, well-schooled singer and one who has a deep feeling for the music he is singing. Blier matches him nuance for nuance. De Haas’s diction is very clear, so one does not have to strain to make out any of the words.


As you can probably tell, I enjoyed this disc immensely, and if you like this genre I can confidently predict that you will too. Good, natural sound quality and excellent notes round out the release.


FANFARE: Henry Fogel
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Works on This Recording

1.
Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most by Tommy Wolf
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Shall We Dance: They all laughed by George Gershwin
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936-1937; USA 
3.
If It's Magic by Stevie Wonder
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Treasure Girl: I've got a crush on you by George Gershwin
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; New York, USA 
5.
You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) by Sam Coslow
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
7.
Porgy and Bess: There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York by George Gershwin
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
8.
Good Morning Heartache by Ervin Drake
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Composed by Ervin Drake, Irene Higgenbotham, Dan Fisher. 
9.
Paper Moon by Harold Arlen
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
10.
On the Town: Some other time by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
11.
In a Sentimental Mood by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
12.
On Your Toes: Glad to Be Unhappy by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
13.
The New Yorkers: Love for Sale by Cole Porter
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
14.
Sophisticated Lady by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
15.
The King and I: I have dreamed by Richard Rodgers
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
16.
Hero and Leander by Adam Guettel
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
17.
Migratory V by Adam Guettel
Performer:  Darius de Haas (Voice), Steven Blier (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 

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