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Weslia WhitfieldAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 18, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Entertainment D
  • ASIN: B000008CKF
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here I'll Stay
2. Guys And Dolls
3. I Didn't Know About You
4. Let's Eat Home
5. Photographs (Me In Love With You)
6. Some Pepole
7. This Time The Dream's On Me
8. Love Is A Necessary Evil
9. You're Nearer
10. Just One Of Those Things
11. Intoducing The Band...
12. That Old Feeling
13. Soon
14. Along With Me
15. Will You Still Be Mine?
16. Lost In The Stars

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Wesla Whitfield (formerly Weslia Whitfield) is a cabaret singer of the Great American Songbook who has it all. Here in this 1991 CD, listeners share in a live performance, appreciating her wit, ability to kid around with her audience, and her frank opinions about songwriters, as she cheerfully chats with the lucky people who attended this performance. At the same time, they will appreciate her clear, strong voice, her perfect pitch, her phrasing, and a control rarely seen among singers who have the power to really belt out a song. Her interpretations of standards, ranging from Kurt Weill's "Here I'll Stay" and "Lost in the Stars, to Duke Ellington's "I Didn't Know About You," Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," and George and Ira Gershwin's "Soon," showcase her ability to give new interpretations to familiar songs, often through slowing down the pace and dramatically changing the phrasing.

Always emotional in her interpretations, Whitfield's voice ranges from a whispery softness to a powerful vibrato in "Photographs," and gives poignant new meaning to the Ethel Merman song from Gypsy, "Some People," in which her voice is easily as strong as Merman's but much more melodic and never screechy. Her control is particularly noticeable in "Guys and Dolls," in which her diction allows her to sing at a noticeably faster pace than normal. By the time she gets to the section beginning with "What's Playing at the Roxy?" she has reached a comfortable singing speed faster than most of us can even think, much less speak or sing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic piano bar singer at peak presentatiion February 13, 2014
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Here is a singer with piano accompanist both skilled in this special kind of song and piano duo. The best song is "Photographs (Me in Love With You)", lyrics by Fran Landesman, an American poet whose later life was lived in London, and music by Alec Willder.

Whitfield delivers the voice—joyful, then sober, powerful high notes and almost whispered words aside in contrast. Those variations bring a special intensity to love and memories lost, love and memories survivng, love and memories on the pages in the album where there is one recurring photo: you in love with me.

Applaud the duo (Whifield has her own tale to tell), give them a toast to talent and tears! ALAN N. HALL
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lady January 16, 2014
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I had the great fortune of seeing Wesla Whitfield perform in San Francisco last year. Her expressiveness and storytelling are sublime. It was a performance I'll never forget.
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