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Me & My Best Friends: The Songs of Bob Levy

by Bob Levy

Award winning New York songwriter, Bob Levy's new exciting, eclectic mix of ballads, bossas & swing in the jazz style of The Great American Songbook with vocals by Perry Danos, Carolyn Martin & special guest vocalists Dane Vannatter & Karen Jacobsen.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Ever Since We Met Perry Danos
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2. That's What You'll Get From Me Perry Danos
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3. Loving This Man Carolyn Martin
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4. Me & My Best Friend Perry Danos
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5. Why Wait? Perry Danos
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6. I Wanted More Carolyn Martin
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7. Sooner Than Someday Dane Vannatter
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8. Between My Broken Heart & You Perry Danos
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9. Could This Be Love John Foster
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10. You Won't Be Breaking My Heart Carolyn Martin
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11. What Were You Thinking? Perry Danos
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12. What Are We Doing Here? Perry Danos
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13. This Time Karen Jacobsen
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14. Look At What Love's Done To Me Perry Danos
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15. Someone Who Likes Me Perry Danos
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16. One Reason Shelly Miller
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17. The Truth Mike Lusk
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18. You Could Say You're Sorry Juli Maners
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“Me & My Best Friends” is Bob Levy's second CD, that celebrates some old and new collaborations. More diverse than "OUT IN THE COLD," Bob's first jazz CD collection that he released in 2006, this new project reunites him with composer David Coons, and three new writing partners: Karen Jacobsen, Dennis Livingston and Harriet Goldberg. It also brings together multi-talented producer, arranger and musician, Jamey Whiting with gifted vocalists Perry Danos who was featured on Bob's first jazz CD and two-time 2008 Grammy nominee, Carolyn Martin who’s exquisite voice is reminiscent of Rosemary Clooney. Also on this new CD of original jazz, blues & pop songs are some old friends: vocalists John Foster, Juli Maners, Mike Lusk, Shelly Miller and special guests, Karen Jacobsen and Dane Vannatter. The talented musicians: Jamey Whiting on keyboards, Andy Reiss and Penn Pennington on guitar, John Vogt on bass and Ray Von Rotz on drums. Some old 'FRIENDS' and some new 'FRIENDS' join forces to create this exciting, eclectic mix of jazz ballads, bossas and swing in the style of The Great American Songbook.

When Bob Levy released his first CD "OUT IN THE COLD", he had no idea it would lead him to many wonderful, talented and supportive new friends in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, WDC and Toronto. Outstanding award-winning jazz and cabaret vocalists who have embraced his songs and have allowed him to become a part of this wonderful jazz/cabaret community. Bob had always dreamt of having a show in New York City that would feature his songs, performed by incredibly talented singers. That dream became a reality on June 24, 2007, at The Laurie Beechman Theater on West 42nd Street, thanks to his dear friends, Sue Matsuki and Dane Vannatter who co-hosted his show. "A MUSICAL CELEBRATION, The Songs of Bob Levy" starred seven outstanding singers performing eighteen of Bob's songs from this new CD and “OUT IN THE COLD” to a sold-out house in New York. They were: Barbara Brussell, Laurie Krauz, Marcus Goldhaber, Sue Matsuki, Dane Vannatter, Vincent Wolfe and Ronny Whyte. The musical director and pianist was Tedd Firth, along with Steve Doyle on bass and George Farrell on drums.

BOB LEVY,is an award-winning Songwriter and Lyricist. A 2008 MAC Award nominee for "THIS TIME," a song he co-wrote with Karen Jacobsen that is on this new CD.His song from this new CD, “THAT'S WHAT YOU'LL GET FROM ME”, recorded by Perry Danos was nominated for best song of the year in the Jazz Vocal category in the 2009 JPF Awards Competition. Songs were submitted from 160 countries worldwide and less than 1/3 of 1% was nominated out of the 560,000 songs that were submitted.

Bob is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers(ASCAP), The Connecticut Songwriters Association, Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs and The Boston Association of Cabaret Artists. His first CD and his NYC showcase garnered high praise from reviewers and jazz enthusiasts in NYC and around the country. For more information on Bob Levy's music, please visit www.silkrivermusic.com and www.myspace.com/boblevy.


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Todd Barr

\"Me & My Best Friends\" is a real gem!\"
\"I really enjoyed this CD. There is such a nice blend of different styles, and I particularly liked the vocal variation. The title \"Me & My Best Friends\" certainly was a great choice. This CD kept me interested and looking forward to the next song each time. One of my favorite tracks is Dane Vannatter\'s exquisite bossa nova, \"Sooner Than Someday\". I enjoyed the variety of collaborations that were included on this CD. All in all I thought it was a brilliant job,
well organized and completely enjoyable. \"Me & My Best Friends\" is a real gem!\"

Francesca Amari

Cabaret vocalist
This CD is a wonderful example of the vast and excellent range of Bob Levy\'s writing style. The vocals are top-notch and each song is a gem. Bob\'s lyrics and music perfectly blend together to create truly wonderful, entertaining songs. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into one of his songs! Bravo!!

Bert Gagnon, Neon Productions Radio on Musictogousa.com

An impressive collection of songs
Bob Levy's CD "Me & My Best Friends" is a combination of fantastic modern jazz songs with a touch of bossa, blues/jazz and a hint of country/americana. This is an impressive collection of songs that creates a total enjoyable listening experience as you go from track to track. Some of the tracks are reminiscent of Bob's previous cd "Out In The Cold" released in 2006 which was an
overwhelming success for this exceptional songwriter. But as you continue to listen to each track, you will hear a transition from what is expected with touches of blues and country/americana while maintaining continuity. The songs are powerfully passionate and fully displays the talent of award-winning songwriter Bob Levy and his co-writers Dennis Livingston, Karen Jacobsen, David Coons, Harriet Goldberg and the artists that perform these songs. This includes vocal powerhouses Perry Danos, John Foster, Carolyn Martin, Dane Vannatter, Juli Maners, Mike Lusk, Karen Jacobsen and Shelly Miller. Key tracks on this magnificent CD are "One Reason", "This Time", "You Can Say
You're Sorry", "You Won't Be Breaking My Heart", "Could This Be Love", "Between My Broken Heart and You", "The Truth" and "Sooner Than Someday".

Brad Walseth, JazzChicago.net

Talented songwriter, Bob Levy, returns with another fine release
"Talented songwriter, Bob Levy, returns with another fine release of his original vocal numbers. Again performed by a crack Nashville unit led by veteran keyboardist, Jamey Whiting, the songs often return to a day when melody was king. Vocalists Perry Danos, Carolyn Martin, Dane Vanatter lend their talents to presenting a collection of 18 tunes that showcase a wider range of Levy's songwriting abilities.
Starting with Danos' smooth delivery on "Ever Since We Met" through Carolyn Martin's showstopping "Loving This Man" and the Brazilian-influenced title track, there are plenty of melodies that you'll find yourself humming along to. Cabaret jazz vocals, Broadway showtunes, flamenco ("You Can Say You're Sorry") pop ("Could This Be Love") and even bluesy rock ("One Reason") and country ("The Truth") are referenced with care. And again on this outing, the Nashville flavor shines through clearly, thanks to Whiting's Nashville pedigree and the professional sheen of the production. It is an appealing combination and one that fans of old-school songwriting will appreciate.

Throughout it all, Levy's lyrics stand as intelligent and sensitive and somewhat of a throwback to a time when lyrics told a story in an intelligible manner. Listening to the good singing, solid playing and pleasant songwriting from Levy and his friends makes for an enjoyable evening with friends indeed."

Dane Vannatter

Absolutely memorable!
For those who have said that they don’t write songs like they used to, Bob Levy proves them wrong. Bob's songs are timeless and not topical. They harken back to the classical Great American Songbook, when melodies were strong and the lyrics caressed the notes instead of squashing them like so many contemporary song lyrics do. His themes are timeless too and his songs are satisfying to sing. They swing lightly and my musicians like playing them and they appreciate the jazzy chord changes. The songs are strong enough so that there is not much need to over-interpret or over sing. I just enjoy the ride like I would a great Ellington song. I was drawn to the lyrics of these songs. Most songwriters today are knocking us over the head with syllables. Bob's songs have none of this harshness. They are sweet and simple but not simple-minded. I love the lyrics from top to bottom. I love the music, how the words sit on the notes. His songs are classic and understated. Absolutely memorable!

Julie Esposito

FABULOUS CD!
So great to hear even more wonderful tunes from the pen of Bob Levy following the terrific "Out In The Cold" CD! Bob has a talent for both the swinging and the sweet when it comes to his songs. These songs, paired with the outstanding vocals on this CD, make it downright intoxicating!

Scott Stevens

Another winner
Bob Levy has done it again. Gorgeous arrangements and a beautiful range of vocals. If you have an opportunity to see any of the songs performed live by any of the vocalists, make a point to attend!