Monday, June 16, 2008

Christine Ebersole

This is the most romantic CD I’ve heard in a long, long time. No songs of regret or failed relationships, and no cynical Sondheim. Sunday in New York just drips in romance and sophistication, served up in jazz and swing arrangements with Billy Stritch on piano and in accompanying vocals. It’s like a trip back to the 1940s world of glittering nightclubs with pretty “girl” singers. I love every note of it!

Right from the first number, “Haven’t Got a Worry,” I was transported. Then there are the delicious gems about my beloved city, “Sunday in New York” and “Walkin’ in New York,” that are so evocative of the energy and sense of possibility of life in the Apple. “There’s a kind of heart you become part of, walkin' in New York. . . Me and friend just walking and talking, walkin' in New York. . . Stopping for coffee in some cafe, life without a care. You don’t skip a beat when you’re walking the street. Walkin' in New York.” It brings to mind one of those carefree days of strolling around, savoring the richness of time in the city.

Christine Ebersole gives new life to classics like “My Favorite Things” and “Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and creates a new classic with “Will You?” from Grey Gardens, her performance in which earned her her second Tony -- quite deservedly; she was great.

She’s great here too. If you’ve got an anniversary coming up, or just an evening with someone special, order this CD and pump up the mood big time. And if you don’t, order it anyway just for the pure joy of it.

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