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Blues in the Night

Ann Hampton CallawayAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000GI3SVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Making her Telarc debut, Ann Hampton Callaway comes out strong with Blues in the Night, featuring the title track she made famous in the musical 'Swing'. There are fiery original tunes such as 'I'm-Too-White to-Sing-the-Blues, ' 'Swingin'Away the Blues,' and 'Hip to Be Happy'. Ann brings in a cache of performers to guide her through the night including the DIVA Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Sherrie Maricle, her longtime accompanist Ted Rosenthal, Christian McBride, and Lewis Nash. Ann also performs a medley 'Stormy Weather / When the Sun Comes Out' with her sister Liz Callaway.

On this album, jazz-cabaret singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway pays tribute to her hometown Chicago's best-known musical export, the blues—-though her take is largely devoid of that genre's pared-down grit, instead exploring two of its offshoots: a sophisticated, elusive melancholy and upbeat, horn-heavy swing jazz. Callaway's penchant for the latter is evidenced by the jumping opening track, "Swingin' Away the Blues" and the percolating "Lover Come Back to Me" (on which she integrates her trademark scat singing). A "blue" mood is evoked on, for instance, "Blue Moon" and a not-entirely-convincing take on Sondheim's "No One Is Alone." But Callaway is also among the rare performers in the cabaret scene to write some of her own material, and she obliges here as well, with good results on the humorous "The I'm-Too-White-to-Sing-the-Blues Blues" (on which she emulates brass instruments) and "Hip to Be Happy." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The CD I've been waiting for. August 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the CD where it all comes together for Ann Hampton Callaway. Finally a CD that captures the ebullience and daring of her thrilling live performances. The CDs opening trumpet riff is a herald, a sexy how do you do, announcing that something fabulous has indeed arrived. The first track SWINGING AWAY THE BLUES had me dancing in my chair and by the second time around I was singing along with the catchy hook. Hard to believe this is a Callaway original tune. It has the feeling of a familiar chestnut.

Tommy Newsom's (yes, THAT Tommy Newsom) big band arrangements swing effortlessly and the Diva Jazz Orchestra plays with brass and sass. But isn't this BLUES IN THE NIGHT? I thought I was going to hear a disc full of woe. I think this CD is more about longing than it is about actual sadness. AHC has an unerring sense of taste and her readings are always intelligent and sophisticated. Callaway takes the familiar swing format and bends it until it's blue on the big band numbers. With trio (Ted Rosenthal, Lewis Nash & Christian McBride) she sings with warmth and sensuality on numbers like IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH ME and SPRING CAN REALLY HANG YOU UP THE MOST.

Parts of this CD come back to me throughout the day and I can't wait to hit the start button again. I found it especially enjoyable on the car stereo. Hip Hip Hooray!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best New Release - 2006 September 2, 2006
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Another gem from AHC, diva. It's no wonder she's won NYC's own "American Idol for the Pros" (the MAC Award) an astonishing 14 times! Miss Callaway's recently released "Blues in the Night" gifts listeners with an impressive range of songs encompassing depth and breadth of the human experience.

She has, to say the Least, mastered vocal performance. Her magnificent vocal quality, interpretations, phrasing, intonation, time and choices are always spot on. Her range is, as the youngsters say, sick. Just a few of the highlights of this project are Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me," Stephen Sondheim's "No One Is Alone," as well as several new AHC originals! And, the hauntingly beautiful "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most."

The title cut gives those of us who didn't get to see her Tony-nominated performance in "Swing" a chance to dig "Blues in the Night" over and over again. And speaking of Broadway...the duet here with sister, Broadway favorite Liz Callaway, rates a Bravo-Standing-Ovation after each listening. This CD recharges the soul's spirit, so often chipped away by day-to-day challenges and, of course, the blues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLO, GRAMMY!! November 17, 2006
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This is Callaway's finest achievement -- and there have been many. It came out last summer, but talk about the bloom still on the rose five months later (11/21/06)!

Her soulful rendition of "Blue Moon" and the title track will remind you of "Dreamgirls"' Effie White (who says white girls can't wail?), she doubles your pleasure with sister Liz Callaway on a sensational "Stormy Weather/When the Sun Comes Out" medley, and her "It's All Right with Me" may have you asking, "Norah Who?"
She'll also have you laughing and swinging over her own witty composition, "The I'm-Too-White-To-Sing-The Blues Blues," and then turn around and break your heart with a wondrous rendition of Sondheim's hymnlike "No One Is Alone" that even the great Cleo Laine would envy.

If she doesn't get Grammified for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, the Grammy voters should be assassinated. This is a classic album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Singer!! (Part II) October 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I reviewed Jackie Ryan's "Passion Flower" from 2002 with this same title. Since you're not supposed to repeat titles, I add "Part II."

Actually, the comparisons between Jackie Ryan and Ann Hampton Callaway are quite apt. Both have very rich, sultry contralto voices that could have been retrained in each case for opera. But both, although nominally jazz singers, are extremely versatile, able to sing in just about any musical idiom. Both have trained their voices, such that each has close to 3 octaves of beautiful sound. Both do wicked versions of "Lover Come Back To Me."

And both are underappreciated. I won't say underrated, because I suspect that those fans who know the work of either of these chanteusses are bowled over. But there just aren't enough of "them" in either case.

This album features Ms. Callaway in a variety of settings. She shines in all of them. Whether doing her "June Christy" bit ("Swingin' Away the Blues"), channelling her "inner Aretha" in a way to put all those "American Idol" pretenders to shame ("Blue Moon"), doing an "Ethel Waters' torch" on Johnny Mercer's torchiest song ever ("Blues in the Night"), showing off her self-deprecating humor ("Hip to Be Happy" and the tres witty "The I'm-Too-White-To-Sing-The-Blues", complete with a spot-on imitation of both a trumpet and an alto sax in the choruses), singing slowed-down, bluesy torch readings of the normally more ebullient "It's All Right With Me" and "Willow Weep For Me", or doing a terrific duet with her lighter-voiced sister, Liz ("Stormy Weather/When the Sun Comes Out"), Ms. Callaway impresses constantly.

I praised Maxjazz recently for releasing such terrific vocal jazz c.d.'s in recent times. Ditto to Telarc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Joseph Bulger
4.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic performer.
I have always liked Ann Hampton Callaway sound. She's fantastic and fearless! I have enjoyed her talent ever since I discovered her existence. A friend told me about her.
Published 11 months ago by Ronald L. Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars great singer
I'veseen Ann 3 times she has great stage presence ,greta voice and great looks.Would se and hear her every chance I get. Come back to Boston .
Published 19 months ago by Harvey Byers
5.0 out of 5 stars GLADYS M Callahan
Have seen her perform & again in April at Smith Center LV. Going to buy more of her albums. Great!
Published 20 months ago by Gladys M Callahan
5.0 out of 5 stars New Take on (Mostly) Old Stuff
I heard of Ann Hampton Calloway some years back as she was playing Manhattan cabarets. I never really listened carefully when I ran across her work, but this CD made me sit up and... Read more
Published on June 1, 2011 by GianniPronto
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It Just For Blues In The Night!
Friday, November 20, 2009, she was a featured artist at Johnny Mercer's Centennial celebration at Carnegie Hall, and almost blew the roof off singing his Blues In The Night! Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by Anna V. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blues Fan Delight
Just purchased my fourth Ann Hampton Callaway album and this is my favorite yet. Having grown up in Chicago I developed a passion for the blues at a very early age. Read more
Published on June 17, 2009 by Carolyn Kemmeries
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Hampton Callaway shines bright on this CD
Ann Hampton Callaway scores a huge goal with her album entitled Blues In The Night. I love these songs and Ann never sounded better. Read more
Published on March 18, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Calloway Jazz Record Is Cool, Cool, Cool...
"Ann Hampton Calloway" continues her bubbly, effervescent cabaret career on this record, where she delves into blues territory effectively and humorously. Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by Terence Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A versitle female blue singer, jazz singer and classic artist
I love this album by Ann, it's one of my favorites
She is just a really blues artist on this,
I have many of her CD's, and most are individually different. Read more
Published on January 20, 2009 by Gary J. Chenett
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