1. Sing My Heart
2. This Time The Dream's On Me/Hit The Road To Dreamland
3. Let's Take A Walk Around The Block
4. Little Drops Of Rain/Right As The Rain
5. Ill Wind/I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues
6. Fun To Be Fooled
7. A Sleepin' Bee
8. Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree
(Duet with Stacy Sullivan)
9. Out Of This World
10. My Shining Hour
11. I Wonder What Became Of Me
12. If I Only Had A Brain
13. Don't Like Goodbyes
14. The Silent Spring/It's A New World
In her new recording, Sing My Heart-The Songs of Harold Arlen, KT Sullivan shows why she has become one of the leading ladies of cabaret. Here, she eschews Arlen's big dramatic numbers (Blues in the Night, Stormy Weather, When the Sun Comes Out, et al) in favor of the lighter and more reflective Arlen. What she delivers is an hour of very good songs, some well known, some happy discoveries, and all beautifully sung.

The recording opens with its title song, a springly exhortation to smile and sing in the face of romantic disappointment. Let's Take a Walk Around the Block has an insouciant, devil-may-care attitude, neatly mirrored in the bass accompaniment. From House of Flowers, Don't Like Goodbyes, is rueful and Two Ladies in De Shade of De Banana Tree is breezy, rhythmic and fun. A pairing of Little Drops of Rain and Right as the Rain is a two-tiered expression of wistfulness, the first youthful, the second colored by experience. Sullivan's handling of If I Only Had A Brain is adorable and the closing medley of The Silent Spring and It's A New World is heartwarmingly tender.

Most of the arrangements by Mike Renzi are on the money but several are problems. Sullivan's rendition of I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues is appropriately down and bluesy and the driving rhythms of the intrumental accompaniment work but the instrumental break is too bright. In Fun To Be Fooled , the instrumental accompaniment lacks the necessary irony, though here the jauntiness of the breaks is fine. Sullivan's singing of A Sleeping Bee is exquisite but the accompaniment fights her; the piano is too cocktail lounge tinkly and the jazzy intrumental break comes out of left field. It is as though, in these numbers, Renzi has an artitic muse different from Sulivan's - but "she" is the star of the recording and that is not acceptable. On the other hand, everything about My Shinging Hour , even the use of synthesized strings, is absolutely right, beautiful - both vocally and instrumentally, and Sullivan's poignant interpretation of I Wonder What Became of Me is sensitively reflected in Renzi's spare piano support.

Roy Sander
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