Davis Gaines, the sweet-faced tenor known for playing more than 2,000 performances as the romantic and menacing lead in The Phantom of the Opera, sings a different tune on his new CD, "All My Tomorrows," released via mail order Dec. 3.
Gaines, whose combined Phantom performances in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles have earned him a loyal following, recorded "All My Tomorrows: Songs of Sammy Cahn" in 1999 as a followup to his previous solo disc, "Against the Tide."
The new CD on the LAP label is currently only available by mail order or through his website, www.davisgaines.com.
The 11-track recording features words of legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn with music by Jule Styne, James Van Heusen and others. Songs include "It's Been A Long, Long Time," "Call Me Irresponsible," "All The Way," "Day by Day" and "Time After Time." It also includes a never-before-recorded song, "Where Did We Go Wrong?" (sung here as a duet with jazz singer Sue Raney) that Cahn wrote with Peter Matz in 1992.
Cahn's Broadway tunes are represented by "I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry" (with music by Styne) and "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her" (with music by Van Heusen). Gaines is accompanied on the album by jazz musicians Phil Upchurch (guitar), Dave Stone (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums), Bob Sheppard (saxophone) and Carol Anderson (piano). Arrangements are by Anderson. For mail order, write LAP Records, 10061 Riverside Dr. #254, Toluca Lake, CA, 91602. Prices are $20 (California residents pay $21) for the CD and $30 ($31 for Californians) for an autographed version.
A distribution deal that would make the CD widely available in stores is expected in 2000.
Also of interest to Davis Gaines fans: His appearance on the first full studio recording of Jerome Kern's "Sitting Pretty," a two-disc set on the New World label. John McGlinn conducted.
-- By Kenneth Jones