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Cafe Carlyle Sessions [Import]

Christopher CrossAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Christopher Cross is a music icon. In 2011, the Oscar and five-time Grammy winning artist is back with an amazingly crafted new album, Doctor Faith. It’s his first album of new and original material in over 12 years.

Cross' 1980 self-titled debut album rocketed to the #2 spot. Breaking out as the biggest new star of that year, he virtually defined adult contemporary radio with ... Read more in Amazon's Christopher Cross Store

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  • Audio CD (November 25, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001D53BTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Never Be The Same
2. Deputy Dan
3. Swept Away
4. Walking In Avalon
5. Arthur
6. In The Blink Of An Eye
7. Think Of Laura
8. All Right
9. Back Of My Mind
10. Sailing
11. Open Up My Window
12. Drifting Away
13. Words Of Wisdom
14. Ride Like The Wind
15. Talking In My Sleep

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15 songs personally selected by Cross and completely re-recorded with a jazz quartet under the supervision of producer Chris Walden, Diana Krall, Paul Anka, Michael Bolton and many others. Essential. 2008.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remake - remodel of classic Cross December 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I first found out about this release through Christopher Cross's website. Initially I was a little skeptical that the re-arrangements would work. Although Chris's guitar work has always been underrated, the keyboard work on those early records gave them a certain energy, courtesy of Michael Omartian; hence the worry that the spare instrumentation would leave the songs sounding rather tepid and flat. Not so! These are wonderful re-workings of some of Mr Cross's finest. All the 'hits' are here and sound strong in their new incarnations, proving the point that a good song is a good song...
The players in this new ensemble play tight and loose at the same time - tight in the way they sound like they have played for ever; loose in the flow and space within the songs. No particular favorites but it's nice to hear 'Words of Wisdom' and 'Talking in my Sleep' given some exposure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compliments original versions beautifully. March 30, 2009
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This project requires tremendous confidence in ones ability to perform at a level that meets or surpasses the original versions.I have all of the original versions in all its digital remastering glory and i am very happy with them.This album is different,void of the orchestration but retains the class and sophistication of the vocals with a more jazzy ensemble.The highlight is the vocals of Mr Cross,his voice is pure and potent as if frozen in time.If you are a fan of this artist and you can't get enough of his music this version compliments the original versions beautifully...recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, he's still got it!! May 29, 2009
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I bought this cd based on someone else's review.
They were right, it takes you back to that time and forward musically.
Great to hear those songs again, even better with the new musicians. New sound.
Got a wonderful feel, smooth and rich.
His voice is pure, the songs great, you can never take away the recognition of his huge talent, his success with this work was duly awarded, but remains throughout his career. What an enduring artist!
I met him once in Hawaii, I hope I see him again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic New Versions Of Classic Songs December 4, 2008
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In April of 2008, Christopher Cross was booked into a rare month long appearance at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City... The room, an 88 seat cabaret venue that was the regular gig for the late jazz pianist Bobby Short, was something new for Cross and it created quite a challenge -- To scale down the arrangements of his songs and present them backed only by piano & sax. The experience was such a positive one that Christopher went into the studio in an effort to document the new life these wonderful pop songs were given... The result is THE CAFE CARLYLE SESSIONS.

The presentation is simple... Christopher on acoustic guitar, accompanied by Andy Ezrin on piano & David Mann on sax from the original Carlyle engagement. Joining them for this recording are Kevin Axt on bass and CC band veteran Dave Beyer on drums/percussion. The acoustic jazz combo feel brings an honest, pure sound to the project while all the players are encouraged to stretch out on the solos. Christopher's voice has retained it's clear, melodic quality over the years and sounds fantastic.

Produced by Chris Walden, the new versions of classics like RIDE LIKE THE WIND, SAILING, ARTHUR'S THEME, NEVER BE THE SAME, THINK OF LAURA & more sound both old and new thru these great new jazz arrangements.

Strongly recommended for fans of this music.

Scott Gross
Inside Musicast
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Does This Guy Continue To Fly under The Radar? September 12, 2009
By xngh
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I cannot figure out why Christopher Cross is not a megastar. He is a magnificent songwriter and a very accomplished musician. His music comes at you from so many directions. It is amazing that he flies under the radar practically unnoticed.
For those who wonder the same thing, order this CD, Cafe Carlyle Sessions. The talent assembled perform as though all the stars had come into alignment. I dare you to play this music and not be moved. The type of CD that your friends ask, "Who is that?!!!" I always look forward to sharing music with my friends but especially so when it is such great stuff. Not only are the songs A+, the recording itself is a thing of beauty. I just recently upgraded to a new amp and this CD was my first choice to evaluate the new gear. It was a cosmic moment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, absolutely gorgeous recording August 24, 2010
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I recently saw Christopher Cross at One World Theater in Austin, Texas -- my favorite venue. It only holds about 300 people (so there is not a "bad seat" in the house). It's intimate and the acoustics are fantastic. Christopher's voice was in top form and his band's talents were also beyond compare.

The Cafe Carlyle Sessions album is a GORGEOUS piece of work. It's heart-achingly beautiful and the orchestral blend of jazz instruments is brilliant. My personal favorite is "Swept Away." I don't think any Christopher Cross fan could possibly be disappointed in this album! It's worth every penny and then some.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to listen too! September 13, 2010
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I found this CD quite by accident, looking to see if Christopher Cross was still touring and if he had released anything new. Upon playing the CD, I was most pleased to hear that his voice is still as clear and strong as when he first recorded. The backup band is tight, and the new arrangments are excellent. Shortly after buying this CD, I was able to attend a live concert Christopher Cross gave in Williamsburg, Virginia on the driving range of a golf course! The music was as crisp and clear as on his CD. If you liked his music in the 70's/80's, you will really love this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
Really first rate recording. Christopher shows again why he won 4 Grammy awards and an academy award. Nice sax piano and bass accompany his wonderful smooooooth voice.
Published 10 months ago by Michael J. Klementovich
4.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Cross Like you've never heard him before- brilliant
Never knew this album existed till I listened to a downloaded copy by accident. Just goes to show the ineffectiveness and irrelevance of brick and mortar CD businesses today when... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul de Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say?
I don't often submit a review of music. I believe it to be a matter of personal taste. I'm making an exception in this case. Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. J. Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cafe Carlyle Sessions
Nice new renditions of some old hits. Back up music is very good for the most part. At times solo's get too energenic.
Published on August 30, 2011 by J. lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a pleasant surprise - I knew he was a great musician from time past, but this is something I didn't expect. This is really good stuff! I can't wait for some new work from him.
Published on October 9, 2010 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Many good memories...
While doing 'research' for a mixtape (digital, mind you) of early hits I stumbled with this gem, upon hearing the first songs I couldn't help but feel poignant and nostalgic,... Read more
Published on July 16, 2010 by Jose Gutierrez Espinoza
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice rework of some of his classics
Cross is in fine voice as he floats through breezy jazz inspired versions of some of his best known classics.
Great band, great arrangements, and a real nice feel. Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by Buckwheat
5.0 out of 5 stars He's definately still got "IT"
I wholeheartedly agree with the other positive reviewers, great songs, great album. I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Cross in concert Friday night... Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by zrsdad
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