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*WOW* The Ultimate Tribute...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ultimate Mancini (Audio CD)
I happen to see Monica Mancini on Regis and Kelly and immediately purchased Ultimate Mancini. What a beautifully realised recording.
Henry Mancini brought us such amazing music and though it can't all be on one CD, the song choices and balance between vocals and instrumentals I found to be perfect. And speaking of vocals, with this recording Ms. Mancini establishes herself as the preeminent interpreter of her father's music as well as one of the best vocalists in this genre. Days of Wine and Roses and Dear Heart are in my opinion the definitive versions of these songs. In fact a number of theses performances are becoming my favorite.
The CD begins with the Pink Panther and features the original sax player from the first recording adding organist Joey DeFrancesco and vibraphonist Gary Burton.
There are also a number of suprises not the least of which is Stevie Wonder's soulful Harmonica on Moon River. How interesting it is to hear he and Take 6's contemporary treatment blend perfectly with Mancini's arrangement. I also loved saxophonist Tom Scott's funky Peter Gunn and Kenny Rankin's duet on Dreamsville.
I must also mention the actual recording quality. This CD SOUNDS great! The CD booklet mentions a future SACD release and it's enough to get me to purchase a player.
If the people who give out Grammys know what they are doing, Ultimate Mancini should be in the running for Album of the Year...