Make Believe
 : Make Believe

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by: Jessica Molaskey

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0803607042226
Item Dimensions: 4550023575
Label: P.S. Classics
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: P.S. Classics
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: P.S. Classics
Release Date: October 05, 2004
Studio: P.S. Classics

Disc 1:
  1. I Cain't Say No
  2. Guys and Dolls
  3. Make Believe
  4. Stepsisters' Lament
  5. Glad to Be Unhappy (with Adam Guettel, vocals)
  6. Hey, Look Me Over
  7. So Many People (with Larry Goldings, piano)
  8. Cloudburst/Getting Married Today (with John Pizzarelli, vocals)
  9. Growing Pains
  10. All That Jazz
  11. Right as the Rain
  12. You're a Builder Upper
  13. Cradle and All
  14. Goodnight My Someone (with Larry Goldings, piano)
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Her debut album, Pentimento, put a jazzy spin on Depression-era standards; the Boston Globe proclaimed, "Slide over, Jane Monheit, and make room on the retro-vocals bench; Jessica Molaskey has arrived!" Her next CD, A Good Day, took off from the song stylings of Peggy Lee; Jazz Times cheered, "She fills each breath with a sensuous charm and a torchy hint of k.d. lang twang." But Jessica Molaskey is a Broadway baby at heart, with scores of shows to her credit. Now, for the first time, she turns her attention to a dozen great theatre standards and, with guitarist-husband John Pizzarelli at her side, infuses them with her own jazzy style and sass. It's 42nd Street meets 52nd Street, as she puts it in her liner notes. You've heard these songs before, but never with the twists devised by Jessica and the Pizzarelli clan..Songs include: I Can't Say No, Guys and Dolls, Make Believe, Step Sister#s Lament, Glad to Be Unhappy, Hey, Look Me Over, So Many People, Cloudburst/ Getting Married Today, Growing Pains, All That Jazz, Right as the Rain, You#re a Builder Upper, Cradle and All, Goodnight My Someone
With her combination of jazzy cool and kittenish charm, it's probably safe to say that Jessica Molaskey has entered the realm of "phone book singers," i.e., those who you'd pay to hear vocalizing anything. As anyone who remembers her "Stars and the Moon" from Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World knows, Molaskey made her name in musical theater, and it's those roots she returns to in Make Believe after her previous solo albums covered the Depression era and '50s jazz. That includes chestnuts like "All That Jazz," which though familiar and obvious, still sound great, and representations from Broadway's new generation: Adam Guettel duets on Rodgers and Hart's "Glad to Be Unhappy," Brown arranges a frenetic combination of the Lambert Hendricks and Ross favorite "Cloudburst" and Stephen Sondheim's "Getting Married Today," and Ricky Ian Gordon cowrote with Molaskey "Cradle and All." As usual, husband-guitarist John Pizzarelli accompanies and vocalizes on a couple tunes, and Sondheim's gorgeous "So Many People" is another highlight. --David Horiuchi

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