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Pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris, husband and wife musical duo, always bring out the best in one another, though they occasionally add a male vocalist, as they do for some of the selections heard in these sessions covering the works of Vincent Youmans. Tenor Robert White complements Morris' voice perfectly, without resorting to the histrionics typical of many singers. They almost seem to be vocally dancing together in their inspired interpretation of "The Carioca," while they milk all of the humor within "Nicodemus." Morris also excels in her duets with Bolcom, highlighted by "Lucky Bird." Interspersed between some of the tracks are excerpts of original acetates by Youmans himself; although the difference in fidelity is striking, it is interesting to hear the composer's original concept of his music.


Born: 23 June 1943 in Portland, OR

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Joan Morris is a popular mezzo-soprano largely identified with popular songs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as with cabaret-style songs written by her husband, composer William Bolcom, and other modern composers. She has also sung serious works, such as the vocal setting in Bolcom's Symphony No. 4. Morris was born in Portland, Oregon. She displayed unusual vocal talent in her teens and in 1963 enrolled at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington where she studied with Lyle...
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