“The Standards are, simply put, excellent pieces of work. Their harmonies are rich, colorful, complex; their lyrics are sophisticated, their rhymes fresh. They display inventiveness of rhythm and often of form.” (Max Morath, The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Popular Standards)
My affinity for this music probably dates back to the first time I heard the album Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely or the soundtrack to Guys and Dolls. I listened again and again. And again.
On Breathing Room® you’re likely to hear Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Hodges, Blossom Dearie, Stacey Kent, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Jeri Southern, Fred Astaire, Bea Wain, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller. And songs written by Frank Loesser, Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Stephen Sondheim.
Breathing Room® also includes music written and/or performed by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, and The Beatles. Their dazzling words and music deserve a place alongside the traditional standards.