Violinist Joshua Bell, who worked with Hamlisch on his album "At Home with Friends": "I didn't want it to be the usual crossover album of pop and classical but rather interesting and unexpected combinations of highly respected musicians doing unusual things together. I found out that Marvin had done this arrangement for violin and piano of 'I'll Take Manhattan' originally for himself and [Philharmonic Concertmaster] Glenn Dicterow. When asked, Marvin got right back to me and said, 'sure, let's do it.' He was very open to my suggestions about how to adjust it, very experimental and pleasant about rehearsing, and the way he approached the instrument and his understanding of harmony were quite amazing."
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