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Furia and Lasser, p. Verse April's in the air. But here in Paris April wears a diff'rent gown. You can see her waltzing Down the street. The tang of wine in the air, I'm drunk with all the happiness That Spring can give. Never dreamed it could be so Exciting to live. Refrain April in Paris, Chestnuts in blossom, Holiday tables under the trees. April in Paris, This is a feeling No one can ever reprise. I never knew the charm of Spring, Never met it face to face.
What have you done to My heart? Click here to read Cafe Songbook lyrics policy. Charles L. Will Friedwald, Sinatra! Chicago Review Press; Revised and expanded edition edition, shown above.
Known during the latter part of her career chiefly as a TV variety host, the late Dinah Shore fist became famous as a top flight pop singer but over time evolved into a fine jazz-influenced vocalist.
This aspect of her singing comes to the fore on the album Dinah Sings Previn Plays , recorded in Hollywood on Capitol between June, and March, The verse for "April in Paris" has frequently been left off of recordings of the song, a not uncommon fate for verses that often require some patience on the part of performers and listeners alike who find the verse difficult to sing or want to get to the more familiar or famous part of a lyric sooner -- not to mention the producer who has to consider the time restraints associated with singles recordings of the era.
Harburg's verse for "April in Paris" See left column above. It should be added, however, that a not uncommon method of generating a verse, when someone e. One should also note that the refrain is irregular, not a slave to a particular rhyme scheme yet rhyming enough to remind the reader this is not free verse. Instead of two quatrains four line AABA pattern stanzas preceding the brid ge as would be typical, we have two irregular triplets, three line stanzas that are not mirror images of each other.
It is as if the lyricist is reminding us of the relatively discombobulated state of mind of the singer caused by the overwhelming effects of the desire for love combined with springtime in Paris but without cheating our ears and minds of their need for a discernible, irregular though it may be, rhyme pattern.
Charles Granata, in his book Sessions with Sinatra , takes us deeper into the sound values of the lyric as sung by Sinatra encouraging us to "listen closely to the precision with which Sinatra opens and closes off his syllables, especially those that come at the ends of lines. Note the distinct enunciation of the ending of the word "face," as Sinatra holds the second "face" and pronounces the "s" sound in a way that's sharp and articulate, but not overdone. In the second line, the shading and color that others have spoken of is heard especially in his inflection of "heart," "sing," "warm" and"embrace": Sinatra's control throughout is exacting, his vocal, sharp, articulate, and clean.
Sinatra's voice blooms with color, especially on the words and phrases he holds over like "trees" and "reprise. But this time, Sinatra adds a bit of melancholic inflection to the word reprise. The fourth and fifth line of the chorus are replete with lovely inflective tones.
Sinatra emphatically ends the word "embrace" with a sharp focused "s," and then begins a smooth downward spiral on the word "till," which he melds directly into the "April" of the final line of the song. No better account of the collaboration among lyricist, singer and musicians and implicitly composer Vernon Duke exists than Granata manages here -- and throughout his book.
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Such permission will be acknowledged in this space on the page where the image is used. For further information on Cafe Songbook policies with regard to the above matters, see our "About Cafe Songbook " page link at top and bottom of every page. Although Martin's recording was not the first recording of "April in Paris" Henry King and His Hotel Pierre Orchestra recorded the song on November 29, '33, beating Martin by a couple of days , it was Martin's that made the charts in the highest position eventually getting to number 4.
Please complete or pause one video before starting another. Miller played it only a few times in public before he left for the service. Recorded on October 24, Thelonious Monk, according to Ted Gioia in his book The Jazz Standards is not a fan of jazz versions of "April in Paris" with not surprisingly strings involved, even when the featured players are the likes of Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins. Monk's version avoids this pitfall for Gioia who writes how Monk succeeds in "squeezing the romanticism out of "April in Paris" for a more eccentric itinerary in The City of Lights.
There has been much debate both about the album and about the whole idea of jazzmen playing in a context of strings. Perhaps the bottom line is whether Parker et. It seems to us that Parker navigates these treacherous waters so brilliantly that even pure-minded jazz folks will not have to concede much if anything to appreciate the results.
Many augmented CD and vinyl versions of this album have been issued since, all of which include the original six songs plus other standards. Here are some of them:. With drummer extraordinaire Max Roach and either Ray Brown or Curly Russell on bass, Powell clearly revels in the spotlight, with his astoundingly deft and emotive playing showcased on both thrilling upbeat numbers 'Tempus Fugue-It' and wistful downbeat tunes 'I'll Keep Loving You'.
For Powell aficionados, this disc is truly essential. Notes and recordings : Sinatra recorded "April in Paris" three times two studio dates , first in a studio recording on Columbia arranged and conducted by Axel Stordahl. The first version of the album was recorded between Oct. In his biography of Sinatra, James Kaplan writes, that the romantic numbers on Come Fly with Me "possess a lush fullness that is all Billy May's own: no comparisons with other arrangers is necessary. He might have had a natural affinity for horns but he could write for strings as well as anybody.
In the album liner notes for Come Fly with Me by James Issacs, he quotes guitarist Al Viola who played with Sinatra as far back as saying, "We never even rehearsed with Frank for that tour. Arranger-composer Neal Hefti who had done work for Sinatra on Reprise, as well did most of the arrangements and Billy May did some, I think," says Viola, "but they were all based on the arrangements that had been made for the albums.
Same keys, same introductions, same tempos, same riffs. That way Frank was immediately comfortable, and it's why he felt he didn't have to rehearse with us.
Notes : No doubt Day's recording of "April in Paris" was intended to her appearance in the film April in Paris in which she starred with Ray Bolger and in which she sings the title song. The two-CD set covers 22 years of Doris Day's recorded work. Throughout the decades Doris Day has bestowed an unfaltering sensitivity on her recordings as she applied this talent to the wide range of material.
From the outset of her career her vocals cast spells on the listener, as in "Sentimental Journey," where she amplifies the tune with dead-on definition. On light, fluffy novelties like "Pillow Talk" she belts out the material with cheer, while "Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans" is a perfect humorous synthesis of power and coyness" from CD Universe.
See complete listing. Recorded in New York, December 18, EmArcy Records. The set "collects all of the tracks Brown recorded with vocalists Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, and Helen Merrill during one magical five-month period in All of these sessions are now considered classic recordings and landmarks in the careers of each singer, as well as legendary trumpeter Brown " Matt Collar at CDUniverse.
AllMusic awarded the Basie album shown above 5 stars calling it "one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon" and noting " April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive. C D Univers e writes of the Basie album, " Verve has treated one of the Count's greatest albums with utmost respect.
The lush swing of the Basie band has never sounded happier and the addition of alternate takes is a joy to behold. Granada 9. Pennies From Heaven El Cumbanchero High Tide Boogie Sweet Fairy Lady; Hallo You! Milhaud: Two Sketches, Madrigal: Madrigal 2. Milhaud: Two Sketches, Madrigal: Pastoral 3. Popular music arr. Close Your Eyes 3. Under A Blanket Of Blue 6. You Do Something To Me 7.
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