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Got a Little Rhythm - Songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, Kern et al.; / Amy Burton, soprano; Patrick Mason, baritone; John Musto, piano

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Lady, be Good
>Hersch, Fred : A Wish
>Gershwin, George : Little Jazz Bird, song (from Lady, Be Good!, musical)
>Porter, Cole : The tale of the oyster (or The song of the oyster), song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
>Kern, Jerome : All Through the Day, song (from film "Centennial Summer")
>Ayer, Nat D. : If You Talk in Your Sleep
>Berlin, Irving : Lazy, song
>Duke, Vernon : Autumn in New York
>Carmichael, Hoagy : The Nearness of You
>Rodgers, Richard : Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, song (from "Pal Joey")
>Rodgers, Richard : Ev'rybody Loves You, song (from "I'd Rather Be Right")
>Berlin, Irving : I'll See You In C-U-B-A
>Silver, Abner : He's So Unusual, song
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Rodgers, Richard : It Never Entered My Mind, song (from musical "Higher and Higher")
>Berlin, Irving : Music Box Revue
>Gershwin, George : Show is on
>Gershwin, George : I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, song (from George White's Scandals of 1922)
>Rainger, Ralph : Faithful Forever
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This might be the most delightful crossover album I have ever heard. Burton and Mason sound fantastic in these wonderful selections from the Great American Songbook. The performances are stylish, clean, and unusual for opera singers in crossover projects. Musto's playing is full of life and always supportive and clear. His solo performance of 'The Nearness of You' is one of my favorite moments in a terrific program. These three are having a great time making this music, and it's our joy to hear it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New Rochelle Studios, New Rochelle, NY (04/02/2012-04/05/2012).



Reviews

Got a lot of fun
It's always fun when friends get together to make music. And that's exactly what this intimately-recorded release sounds

like. Pianist John Musto and soprano Amy Burton are a husband and wife team, steeped both in Broadway and classical music traditions. Baritone Patrick Mason is a long-time collaborator with both Musto and Burton, and the easy camaraderie of these three comes across in the release.

Many singers stick to the Great American Songbook when performing an album of show tunes, but mercifully that's not what happens here. Sure, there are some standards such as George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" and Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York."

But this trio goes deeper into the repertoire, coming up with some unusual gems like "I'll See You in C-U-B-A" by Irving Berlin and "Faithful Forever," by Ralph Robin and Leo Rainger.

I'm used to the singing style of Broadway's current crop of full-throated performers. Initially Burton and Mason's voices sounded a little thin to me. After a couple of numbers, though, I began to appreciate the subtleties their restraint brought to the songs.

It sounds like"Got a Little Rhythm" was a lot of fun to record. I'm glad Bridge Records let us sit in on the fun.
Submitted on 12/22/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Gershwin, George : Lady, be Good
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Hersch, Fred : A Wish
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Gershwin, George : Little Jazz Bird, song (from Lady, Be Good!, musical)
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Porter, Cole : The tale of the oyster (or The song of the oyster), song (from "Fifty Million Frenchmen")
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : All Through the Day, song (from film "Centennial Summer")
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ayer, Nat D. : If You Talk in Your Sleep
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Berlin, Irving : Lazy, song
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Duke, Vernon : Autumn in New York
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Carmichael, Hoagy : The Nearness of You
  • Performer: John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Rodgers, Richard : Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, song (from "Pal Joey")
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Ev'rybody Loves You, song (from "I'd Rather Be Right")
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berlin, Irving : I'll See You In C-U-B-A
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Silver, Abner : He's So Unusual, song
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Al Lewis (1910 - ), Al Sherman (1897 - 1973).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Rodgers, Richard : It Never Entered My Mind, song (from musical "Higher and Higher")
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berlin, Irving : Music Box Revue
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Show is on
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Gershwin, George : I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, song (from George White's Scandals of 1922)
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Rainger, Ralph : Faithful Forever
  • Performers: Amy Burton (Soprano); Patrick Mason (Baritone); John Musto (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Leo Robin (1900 - 1984).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern