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A Ghost In Every Bar (The Lyrics of Fran Landesman)

A Ghost In Every Bar (The Lyrics of Fran Landesman)

August 6, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 6, 2012
  • Label: Splash Point Records
  • Copyright: (p) Splash Point Records
  • Total Length: 51:07
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  • ASIN: B008OGWIZ2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,085 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dnd on October 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is, up-front, an attempt to right the egregious two-star wrong that this wonderful recording has been given so far. Apart from the brilliant "Drawn To All Things", I do prefer Mr. Shaw's 'piano only' recordings for the simple reason that his extraordinary singing fully shines in this most intimate of settings. As always, his technical and expressive range is impressive and hugely affecting. Previously, on his emotionally-charged album, "Somewhere Towards Love", he accompanied himself (he is a marvelous player!) with a deeply moving, organically unbridled result. On this recording, he is partnered with the refined and austere pianist, Simon Wallace. Wallace also collaborated with Ms. Landesman on 12 of the 15 songs presented. Having the composer at the piano is an auspicious treat, indeed! Wallace's economy of style is reflected in Shaw's relatively straight-forward and unadorned interpretive approach. A simplicity certainly appropriate to Landesman's ultimately erudite text (and to address a previous reviewer's complaint regarding Shaw's "non-US accent" - it is completely and utterly a non-issue). But make no mistake - there is much emotion here. Shaw plumbs the depths of Landesman's lyrics with bare restraint in songs such as "Scars", "Killing Time" and the signature "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", while joyfully swinging through "Feet Do Your Stuff" and "In A New York Minute". The program closes with the poignant and quietly revolutionary "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", featuring the mournful, plaintive trumpet of Sue Richardson, and sung by Shaw with such heart-breaking dignity. This project is quite the meeting of minds and talent, and a true artistic achievement. One of my desert-island discs, to be sure!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JDB on January 3, 2014
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I have listened to Ian Shaw's music for several years - This is the most flattering setting for his voice and improvisational talent. What an amazing version of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most!" His hornlike phrasing is perfection on this song and on "Small Day Tomorrow." Let's be frank, Ian does not always have the most flawless tone and pitch, but he "had me" from the opening song, "Feet Do Your Stuff." He has a nice smooth, controlled intimate sound on this album. "In a Matter of Moments" has some great glass-of-wine-by-the-fireplace moments. I immediately fell for the song "Down," which I was hearing for the first time on this recording. Great scatting toward the end. Mr. Shaw does an excellent job selling each song and there is terrific focus on the lyrics, which are first rate. It was a joy to hear his run at another Landesman song I wasn't familiar with - "Nothing Is Mine Now." Ian Shaw is on top of his game on this one!! Highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RW on March 25, 2013
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The sound quality is not the same as the original recordings stay away from this product. The CD-R does not sound the same I had a friend who had the original and this and you can clearly hear the difference!
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These lyrics seem to demand a surer touch than Mr. Shaw manages. Part of it is the non-US accent, which doesn't really jibe with Ms. Landesman's brilliant lyrics. Still, lacking another such survey, I 'll take it!
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