LaMott's new disc, which has received unanimously rave reviews, skyrocketed from #300 to #8 on the Amazon list after a Feb. 9 article by Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal. It is currently at the #11 position.
In his Journal article Teachout wrote, "'Live at Tavern on the Green' is the only recording of any of Nancy's live shows to have been released commercially. It was taped at her final public performance. She was wearing a wig, having lost her bottle-blond hair to chemotherapy. Seven weeks later, she was dead. Yet her sweetly husky mezzo-soprano voice had somehow remained untouched by the terrible disease that would soon take her away from all the things for which she'd longed, and she sang as if she knew she'd never have another chance. When she was done, the Chestnut Room of New York's Tavern on the Green exploded in rapturous applause. That's how I remember it, anyway, and I was there.
"Only a handful of people who came to the Chestnut Room on that crisp October night in 1995 knew how sick Nancy was. I was one of them. I had been among the first journalists to write about her for a national magazine, and we became friends after my piece came out. A year and a half later, I watched her perform for the last time, wondering whether she'd make it to the end of the show. She did, of course -- Nancy was a trouper, never more so than on that night -- and my memory has assured me ever since that she sang her best the whole evening long. But memories can sometimes tell you only what you want to hear, and I felt a strange fluttering of nerves as I put the CD on the stereo. I didn't need to worry. The voice on 'Live at Tavern on the Green' is the same one I heard countless times in 1994 and 1995, warm, soulful and easy to love."
"Nancy LaMott—Live at Tavern on the Green" was taped at the famed Manhattan landmark during LaMott's final cabaret engagement, which began Oct. 27, 1995. LaMott's producer, David Friedman — who also penned such LaMott signature tunes as "Listen to My Heart," "We Can Be Kind" and "Help Is On the Way" — created the new recording from various performances during that final run. The single disc also features LaMott's engaging and often humorous patter.
The complete song list for "Nancy LaMott—Live at Tavern on the Green," which features musical director Christopher Marlowe on piano, Steve LaSpina on bass and John Redsecker on drums, follows: "Listen to My Heart" (David Friedman)
"The People That You Never Get to Love" (Rupert Holmes)
"Sailin' On" (Alan Menken-Dean Pitchford)
"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart)
"Jeepers Creepers" (Harry Warren-Johnny Mercer)
"How Deep Is the Ocean" (Irving Berlin)
"Waters of March" (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
"I Got the Sun in the Morning" (Irving Berlin)
"The Promise" (Alan and Marilyn Bergman-David Shire)
"Help Is On the Way" (David Friedman)
"The Secret O' Life " (James Taylor)
Nancy LaMott, who lost her battle with cancer in 1995 at the age of 43, was blessed with one of the most beautiful voices in the cabaret world: a rich, lush, honey-toned sound that could be soft, sweet and creamy one minute and big and belty the next. She also possessed a remarkable ability to find the emotional center of any song, bringing a lyric to life as honestly as possible. Producer Friedman plans to release several additional CDs and DVDs of previously unreleased LaMott material.
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