Smilin' Through / Cleo Laine, Dudley Moore

Release Date: 9/17/2010
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: RCA61177
Number of Discs: 1

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Track Listing
1. I Don't Know Why (I Just Do) / Love Me Or Leave Me
2. When I Take My Sugar to Tea
3. I'll Be Around
4. Strictly For the Birds
5. Before Love Went Out of Style
6. Soft Shoe
7. Smilin' Through
8. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
9. It's Easy to Remember
10. Play It Again Sam
11. Be a Child

Personnel: Cleo Laine (vocals); Dudley Moore (piano); Ray Brown (bass); Nick Caroli (drums).

This album is the result of two giant entertainers from the British Isles getting together in London in 1982 for a session of ballads and traditional pop. Dudley Moore was more famous, at least in the United States, for his comedic roles in a number of films. But he was a pianist and composer of no mean skills. Cleo Laine had been a singing talent of the first order since the 1950s and often performed and recorded with husband and sax player John Dankworth. Dankworth is present on one cut on this album. While Moore dashes off some nice solo work on such cuts as "When I Take My Sugar to Tea" and an Erroll Garner-like "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," it's Laine's wide-ranged, full-throated, expressive, and clear-as-a-mountain-lake voice that dominates the session. She sets the table for "I Don't Know Why I Just Do," recalling a few lines from "Love Me or Leave Me," and squeezes every ounce of feeling from "I'll Be Around." Then there's a fun, hip, overdubbed, scatting 1960 girl-singer rendition of "Before Love Went out of Style." The album's highlight track is a bluesy "Soft Shoe," where Dankworth chips in with his soprano sax and Laine and Moore engage in congenial patter. Moore's fellow rhythm section players are the inestimable Ray Brown and Nick Ceroli, which is the icing on a tasty musical cake that this album serves up.
Works on This Recording
1. Whoopee: Love me or leave me by Walter Donaldson
Performer: Nick Ceroli (Drums), Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Dudley Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; USA
2. When I Take My Sugar to Tea by Sammy Fain
Performer: Nick Ceroli (Drums), Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Dudley Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
3. I'll Be Around by Alec Wilder
Performer: Nick Ceroli (Drums), Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Dudley Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
4. Before Love Went Out of Style by Dudley Moore
Performer: Nick Ceroli (Drums), Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Dudley Moore (Piano)
5. Smilin' through by Arthur A. Penn
Performer: Nick Ceroli (Drums), Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Dudley Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1919 ; England
6. I Can't Give You Anything but Love by James Francis McHugh
Performer: Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Nick Ceroli (Drums), Dudley Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
7. Mississippi: It's Easy To Remember (and So Hard to Forget) by Richard Rodgers
Performer: Nick Ceroli (Drums), Cleo Laine (Voice), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Dudley Moore (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1935 ;
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