"Night Ride Home," the evocative title song from Joni Mitchell's 1991 album, was originally flecked with the sounds of crickets the background. Music director-pianist Dan Lipton has created the new, piano-driven arrangement for Kuhn's album.
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"This is one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs. Dan's arrangement is so beautiful: the way the percussion gives the feeling of movement, as if riding in a car, and at the same time, it has such a calm laid-back feel. The song just says comfort, happiness and home to me," Kuhn said. Additional song clips are available at PSClassics.com.
The recording is drawn from Kuhn's acclaimed performances at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in March 2012.
The complete track listing follows:
I Love the Way You're Breaking My Heart
Happiness / In Buddy's Eyes
The Best Is Yet to Come
Dance Me to the End of Love
Life Is But a Dream
Night Ride Home
Kuhn, music director-pianist Lipton, cellist Peter Sachon and percussionist Damien Bassman began recording shortly after the New Year and completed tracking the week of March 18. The disc is produced by Scott Lehrer and Lipton.
About her upcoming release, Kuhn previously told Playbill.com, "Having previously made two songbook albums, which focused on the works of one writer, I really wanted to do something different. For a long time, I’ve wanted to record songs by songwriters that I’ve listened to since I was a child, like Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits. They had such a profound influence on me. And at the same time, I wanted to incorporate writers from the theatre world, like Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel, whose music and lyrics have always spoken to me. That all came together with the Feinstein’s show, and now again with this new recording. Collectively, the songs became a meditation on love and happiness. It’s a very personal album: it’s comprised of songs that I feel like I have to sing now, at this point in my life and my career."
PS Classics co-founder Philip Chaffin added, "We've been hoping to work with Judy since we started PS Classics. She came to us shortly after the Feinstein’s dates to see if we’d be interested in preserving it on disc, and we were – but all our monies at that point were tied up with some cast albums we were doing. So Judy, bless her, started a Kickstarter campaign, and her fans really came through. They wanted that wonderful evening preserved on disc. And by the time Judy had almost reached her goal, we were able to jump back on board and help her bring the album to fruition. But this is very much an album that wouldn’t have happened without Judy’s wonderful, passionate fans."
A three-time Tony Award nominee for her work in She Loves Me, Les Miserables and Chess, Judy Kuhn also starred in the concert mounting of Alan Menken and Tim Rice's King David and the Los Angeles premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. Kuhn received an Obie Award for her work in the Off-Broadway Laura Nyro tribute, Eli's Comin', and played Fosca in the Kennedy Center mounting of Stephen Sondheim's Passion. Her previous solo recording was titled "Serious Playground - The Songs of Laura Nyro" (Ghostlight Records). Kuhn has also taught workshops for many years at The Michael Howard Studios and has held master classes at NYU/CAP 21, Rider University, Catholic University as well as many schools and theatres around the country. Read more about Judy Kuhn's career at the Playbill Vault.
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and an eight-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens, Company, A Little Night Music, Sondheim on Sondheim, Follies and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such artists as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Steven Pasquale, Liz Callaway and Christine Andreas; and restorations of long-lost musicals, including Sweet Little Devil, Sweet Bye and Bye and Strike Up the Band 1930. Recent releases include Rebecca Luker’s solo disc "I Got Love (Songs of Jerome Kern)," the world premiere recording of Anthony Rapp’s one-man show, Without You, and the revue Noel and Cole. Upcoming releases include Laura Osnes' tribute to Maury Yeston, due in stores June 4.