Jessica Molaskey Sings Peggy Lee, Pizzarelli and More on New Album, "A Good Day"

News   Jessica Molaskey Sings Peggy Lee, Pizzarelli and More on New Album, "A Good Day" Broadway actress and singer Jessica Molaskey will follow up her hot-selling 2002 album, "Pentimento," with a new disc, "A Good Day," expected for release May 20 from PS Classics.
CD Cover for Jessica Molaskey's
CD Cover for Jessica Molaskey's "A Good Day."

The release coincides with Molaskey and husband John Pizzarelli's four-week engagement at Feinstein's at the Regency beginning May 27. Where Molaskey's debut CD, "Pentimento," paid homage to songs of the '20s and '30s, "A Good Day" moves into the '50s and takes off from the songs and stylings of Peggy Lee and her own guitarist husband Dave Barbour, said PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker. A combination of jazz standards, show tunes, and Molaskey-Pizzarelli originals, the CD was inspired, according to Molaskey, "out of a small stack of records neatly arranged beside the family hi-fi when I was growing up."

Pizzarelli is the respected jazz guitarist and vocalist who helped create the dreamy jazz sound of "Pentimento." The core group of musicians who backed her on "Pentimento" return here, supplemented by larger forces orchestrated by Don Sebesky and Dick Lieb. The songlist is:

  • "All the Cats Join In" (Eddie Sauter, Ray Gilbert & Alec Wilder)
  • "Everything Is Moving Too Fast" (Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour)
  • "Somebody Loves Me" (George Gershwin, B.G. DeSylva & Ballard MacDonald)
  • "How Come You Ain't Got Me?" (Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli)
  • "Small World" (Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim)
  • "It's a Good Day" (Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour)
  • "I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart" (Louis Alter & Milton Drake)
  • "I Don't Know Enough About You" (Peggy Lee & Dave Barbour)
  • "Adam & Eve" (Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli)
  • "The Girl With His Smile and My Eyes" (Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli)
  • "The Bluest Kind of Blues" (Jean Reinhardt & Spencer Williams)
  • "I Wouldn't Trade You" (Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli)
  • "Side by Side" (Harry Woods)
  • "A Lifetime or Two" (Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli) "A Good Day" is produced by Allen J. Sviridoff & John Pizzarelli.


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    "Pentimento," released in June 2002, was the fifth release on PS Classics, and at that point, by far the label's most successful to date, embraced by critics, theatre audiences and jazz fans alike. Playbill On-Line's show music and American pop columnist, Steven Suskin, named it one of the top albums of the year. For more information, visit www.psclassics.com. Molaskey most recently appeared in New York in the new Ahrens-Flaherty musical, A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center Theatre (and will be heard on the forthcoming cast album). On Broadway, she appeared in LCT's Parade. She was seen in national tours of Dream. Tommy, Falsettos, City of Angels, Crazy for You and Les Miserables.