Love Song: The Music of Arlen, Porter, Van Heusen, and Howe
Ted Howe featuring Lainie Kazan & Giacomo Gates
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||Let's Do It||Ted Howe||5:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||True Love||Ted Howe||4:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'll Remember Your Smile||Ted Howe||6:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Come Rain of Come Shine||Ted Howe||7:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||If I Had Known||Ted Howe||4:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let's Fall In Love||Ted Howe||7:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Moonlight Becomes You||Ted Howe||6:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Midnight On the Beach||Ted Howe||6:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||All the Way||Ted Howe||9:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love Song||Ted Howe||4:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Pianist Ted Howe's third CD for Summit is a bit of a switch from his earlier efforts, as he mixes standards with a series of original compositions with lyrics by Rebekah Miller, featuring jazz vocalist Giacomo Gates or film/stage singer Lainie Kazan on about half of the tracks. Howe's chops are never in doubt, as he has proved himself as a soloist and arranger with his previous Summit CDs and his compositions are equally engaging. But Miller's lyrics aren't all that memorable, though Gates makes a game effort and even adds a bit of playful scat to "I'll Remember Your Smile," though there is no saving the limp ballad "Midnight on the Beach." Kazan's vocals are more pop-oriented and she shows her age with a bit of vibrato in spots. Better are the instrumentals like Cole Porter's neglected "True Love" and a pair of tunes featuring Gates with Howe adding a vocal behind him, including an unusual setting of "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Porter's popular "Let's Do It."