I'm Still Here: The Essential Elaine Stritch on Disc

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15 Feb 2014

 

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"Stritch" (1955 solo studio album)

The only other solo recording in the Elaine Stritch discography is another album to treasure. By contrast with Elaine Stritch at Liberty, the voice on "Stritch," is agile and bright, downright feminine, even. Listening to Elaine Stritch sing these jazzy arrangements of showtunes and standards, full of vim and verve, it's easy to imagine what a delight she must have been entertaining in a 1950s supper club. "Are You Having Any Fun?," "That's The Beginning of the End" and "The Object of My Affection" are particularly hard to resist, as is the absolute all-time best version of "If You Hadn't, But You Did." While much of her familiar sass is abundant on these tracks, it's also impressive just how musical she is and how well these swinging recordings hold their own in the company of other great vocalists of the period, like Rosemary Clooney and Dinah Washington. You can sit quietly and engage in her interpretations, or you can enjoy it as dinner or cocktail party music, setting the mood in the background.

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