(2003) The Best Of Times

Gary Le Mel

... read moreThe music on this CD was all out previously on Gary LeMel's earlier albums Moonlighting, Lost in Your Arms, and Romancing the Screen, dating from 1994-2001. LeMel has an expressive voice and is heard here exclusively on very slow renditions of ballads, although sometimes the instrumental sections...

55′:15″ 15 Songs

1
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Call Me Irresponsible (Feat.Paula Cole, Roger Kellaway, Steve Kahn, Donald Perullo, Charles Mccracken, And Jim Pugh)
5:05
2
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It Amazes Me (Feat. Billy Childs, Bob Hearst, Gregg Hutchinson, Chris Botti, Assa Drori, And Robert Sanov)
3:10
3
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I'm Old Fashioned
2:24
4
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Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
4:32
5
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Skylark
6:15
6
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I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love (Feat. Billy Childs And Armen Ksajikian)
3:34
7
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I Got Lost In Her Arms (Feat. Billy Childs)
3:59
8
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Here's To Life (Feat. Billy Childs And Bob Hearst)
4:30
9
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Once Upon A Time
3:21
10
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When I Fall In Love
2:37
11
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How Do You Keep The Music Playing?
3:10
12
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My Foolish Heart (Feat.Billy Childs And Bob Hearst)
5:04
13
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I Remember (Feat. Billy Childs, Bob Hearst, Gregg Hutchinson, Chris Botti, Assa Drori, And Robert Sanov)
3:32
14
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Interlude
0:21
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Imagination (Feat.Billy Childs And Bob Hearst)
3:41
Released 01 January 2003, ℗ Mesa BlueMoon Recordings

Review

The music on this CD was all out previously on Gary LeMel's earlier albums Moonlighting, Lost in Your Arms, and Romancing the Screen, dating from 1994-2001. LeMel has an expressive voice and is heard here exclusively on very slow renditions of ballads, although sometimes the instrumental sections are taken at faster tempos. A sameness is felt by the third song, and it is difficult for one's mind not to wander. Certainly these renditions of "Call Me Irresponsible" (which co-features Paula Cole), "Skylark," "Here's to Life," and "When I Fall in Love" will not make one forget the definitive versions, and many of the arrangements are overblown. Only the closing "Imagination," which is performed in a combo with prominent playing by bassist Bob Hurst and tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard, has much life. Overall, the music is heartfelt, but it would be nice to hear LeMel on fresher, spontaneous, and more inspired material. ~ Scott Yanow