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Cybill Shepherd, Model, Actress, Jazz Singer! Cybill gained attention as America's Top Model, then went into movies (Last Picture Show, Daisy Miller, Taxi Driver, to name a few), almost 40 films to date, plus the highly successful TV show "Moonlighting" which launched co-star Bruce Willis. Shepherd is also a fine singer of popular ballads surrounding herself with some of the best players around. A native of Memphis, she carries that city's great musical 'vibes' in her genes. Here's a treasure from the past, a recording released by Inner City Records, a label which received the lst place award for being the "best jazz label in the world" in 1979, by the Downbeat International Critic's Award. This album of standards features tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, trombonist Frank Rosolino and a band of similar all-stars. Here's a dandy rare 1970 reissue gem. It's her historic ten song musical blending with tenor sax giant Stan Getz. Just who would have thought? An accomplished actress/model also singing. Well the truth is Cybill was a singer first. She most clearly sings all the right notes here. Mr. Getz pushes her in all the right directions. Her program has "I Can't Get Started" (Gershwin/Duke) with its familiar verse. Cybill enthralls. "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" (Clare/Stept) has her performing low down and dirty. Ace trombonist Frank Rosolino is afforded a chance to solo here. "Mad About the Boy" (Coward) was the original title of the album. Cybill convincingly focuses her attention to "I'm Old Fashioned" (Mercer/Kern). Throughout she is swingingly devastating. "It Never Entered My Mind" (Hart/Rodgers) is a joyous surprise. Cybill and Stan both turn in a flavourful innovative performance. "Speak Low" (Nash/Weil), as you would expect, is swung and it's a blast. "Do It Again" (DeSylva/Gershwin) is ear grabbingly beautiful. It's sung as a ballad. --Dan Singer, In Tune International, April 2009
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Customer Reviews (2)
- She Doesn't Need To!Review by Big Toots
While better known for her illustrious acting and modeling career, vocalist Cybill Shepherd recorded this album in 1976, pairing with Stan Getz an a bevy of top-tier L.A. studio musicians (including star trombonist, Frank Rosolino). It’s a fascinating combination of stars and, although not breakthrough or highly innovative, it’s an entertaining album. That’s not a surprise when we discover that Shepherd was a vocalist before her modeling, movies, Moonlighting and other gigs.
Shepherd, Getz and the team deliver ten selections – primarily well-worn standards - with an occasional send-up of the bossa nova groove (“Triste,” “Mad about the Boy,” “I’m Falling in Love Again”). Shepherd’s voice is more reserved and elegant than break-glass powerful and she makes the most of it here. More theatrical and cabaret-tinged than jazz-inflected, her vocal style is laid-back and not obnoxiously in one’s face. She demos a nice flair for a lyric and a just-right vibrato (“I’m Old Fashioned,” “It Never Entered My Mind”). Getz is certainly on his game here with extreme smoothness and cool (“I Can’t Get Started,” “This Masquerade” “Mad about the Boy”). No “phoning it in,” Stan takes flight on his solos and fills masterfully behind Cybill, as you would expect him to do (“I’m Falling in Love Again,” “Do It Again).
According to legend, since there was no “date” in the romantic sense coming from this pairing, Getz and Shepherd did not speak during this session. As consummate pros, they pull it off superbly without the banter. Trombone great Rosolino blows hot behind Shepherd on “Please Don’t Talk about Me When I’m Gone” and the terrific rhythm section is reserved and tasty, helping to support the unique, but less than talkative, frontline pairing.
Cybill Getz Better is an enjoyable effort that demonstrates that she doesn’t need to do the homonymous same.
(Posted on 4/25/2015)
- Cybil Getz Better Featuring Stan GetzReview by Simon Sez
In addition to Cybill Shepherd’s expressive and sincere singing, this album is a must because of the warm and beautiful playing of the great Stan Getz. There are also guest spots for trombonist Frank Rosolino. But Shepherd holds her own, sounding warm and swinging on these standards. Who would have thought?
Simon Sez: Actress Cybill Shepherd on Getz Better (IC1097) which also features some great Stan Getz shows that she is a pretty good singer too.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
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