First Flight-Standards for Swingers
- Artist: David Cummings
- Format: CD
- Release Date:4/22/2008
First Flight. The songs here within come from a great variety of composers. All have been a joy for us to perform and record. The span of years is from 1932-1961, but all these compositions are timeless and unaffected by fads or fashion. 1. A Lot Of Livin' leads things off. This swinging tune is from the 1961 Broadway musical, "Bye Bye Birdie", by Charles Strauss and Lee Adams. 2. Night & Day, the first of our two Cole Porter standards, follows. This perennial favorite from the 1932 musical "Gay Divorce" is performed with a "bossa" groove. 3. Here's That Rainy Day survived the 1953 musical, "Carnival In Flanders", which only had six performances. This wonderful song of loss and irony was penned by Johnny Burke and James Van Heusen. 4. Where Or When is one of several classics that appeared in the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart show, "Babes In Arms". Some other famous songs from that 1937 hit are "My Funny Valentine" and "The Lady Is A Tramp". 5. Sway was written by Pablo Beltram Ruiz, with English lyrics by Norman Gimble. It's been a favorite "Latin" dance number since 1954. 6. Lipstick Traces, credited to Naomi Neville, was in fact written by her son, the great New Orleans artist, Allen Toussaint. The original 1961 R&B recording was by Benny Spellman. 7. Pretend You Don't See Her is one of some 3,000 songs composed by the late, multi-talented Steve Allen. From 1954, it may be best known from the 1990 film, "Goodfellas". 8. The Best Man is a little known, but terrific swinger by Roy Alfred and Fred Wise. This 1946 tune was recorded by the legendary Nat "King" Cole Trio. 9. Desafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune), a bossa nova classic from 1959, is from the pen of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Lyrics for this great song are by Newton Mendonca and in English by Jon Hendricks and Jessie Cavanaugh. 10. I Wanna Be Around, a tale of a jilted lover's revenge, is heard here as a real blues. It was written in 1958 by Johnny Mercer and Sadie Vimmerstadt. 11. Lover, written and first performed as a waltz, for the 1932 movie, "Love Me Tonight", is our second selection by Rodgers and Hart. Here it has been transformed into a vocal group number in a "Latin" groove. 12. I Get A Kick, form the 1934 Cole Porter musical, "Anything Goes", is our final performance. Our guest singer, Barbara Calderaro, joins David Cummings in a spirited duet, with ace drummer Kevin Hall having the final musical word. DC3 is; David Cummings - Lead Vocals Frank Kammerdiener - 4 String, 5 String & Alto Cellos, Bass Howard T. Levine - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Harmony Vocals Guests Kevin Hall - Drums & Percussion Barbara Calderaro - Harmony Vocals & Duet on "I GET A KICK".