Courtney Kenny | American Cabaret Songs, 1950-2000

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American Cabaret Songs, 1950-2000

by Courtney Kenny

Sophisticated Songs at the Piano
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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1. The Fat Lady is Sick Today
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2. Astaire
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3. Gershwin Tune
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4. No Harm Done
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5. The Ballad of the Sad Young Men
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6. A Brontosaurus Called Bert
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7. PIANO SOLO: Polka Lente
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8. Gigolo
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9. They Couldn't Compare to You
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10. PIANO SOLO: Tango for Lutz
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11. I'd Rather Sing a Song
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12. From Where I Stand
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13. Blackberry Winter
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14. The Picture in the Hall
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15. The Dinner Party
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16. Context (It's About Me)
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17. Beautiful You
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18. Promised Land
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19. Merry Little Minuet
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20. Another Song About Paris
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21. PIANO SOLO: Cliff Walk
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22. The Masochism Tango
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23. I Hold Your Hand in Mine
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24. Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
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25. Vatican Rag
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26. PIANO SOLO: American Dance
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27. Someone is Sending Me Flowers
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28. Walk Up
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29. Dublin in the Rain
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30. Why Build a Fire?
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31. A Serious Song
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32. You
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33. I Don't Wanna Rock and Roll
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I have always had a strong feeling for the more recent Great American Song Book. A recital in London on May 2006 gave me the opportunity to put together a whole programme of songs by friends, and composers I have admired. The concert was a great success, and so we decided to record it onto CD - hence the long list, and possibly not the best order of the songs. The piano solos were added to give me - and the audience - a rest: three are by old friends (I commissioned "Cliff Walk" from Scott Wheeler, Jeremy Dale Roberts "Tango for Lutz" is a neighbour, Madeleine Dring was a very well-known revue composer in London in the 1950s, as well as being a fantastic pianist) and the Polka Lente by Jean Weiner is a very long-standing favourite piece.
Many of the song composers are personal friends with whom I have studied and come to know through their songs, while others are composers who, while famous in the USA, are totally unknown in the UK (Bart Howard, Alec Wilder and Sheldon Harnick, for example)- and I thought that it was time the balance was restored in their favour!
One great problem was not what to include, but what I could possibly leave out! The choices were many, and some favourites had to be sacrificed along the way. I just hope that I have chosen songs which are not only my favourites, but favourites for my listeners as well.


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