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September 07, 2008


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Jon Foley

Marc -

Re: Rare Guest Appearances

Here are two more that I remember. Zoot Sims made a memorable appearance on Phoebe Snow's hit record of "Poetry Man"; and one of Aretha Franklin's greatest non-R&B recordings, "Somewhere" (from West Side Story), features an excellent Phil Woods solo and an outstanding arrangement by Quincy Jones. If you've never heard his writing for strings, you've got a surprise coming. A beautiful show tune, infused with gospel and jazz, and sung by one of the greats. Not to be missed.

Ivan Santiago

I'll have to check out Mancini's full "Two for the Road" score, since I've heard so little of it, and haven't watched the movie. Agree that the main title is haunting, and agree with Peter Donolo that Peggy Lee's version is masterly -- both vocal and arrangement. Not personally keen on Shearing's singing, but I know of many listeners who really like it. Another fine vocal version of this song is by Vivian Lord, a singer who, though not widely known, recorded it for Stash Records back in the 1980's

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