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David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2012

Marin Alsop is known as one of today’s most charismatic conductors, but few will recall she founded and was the violin leader of the American group, String Fever. This crossover disc features recordings they made in 1983 and 1997 and brings together nine evergreens and a Manhattan Medley of melodies from the shows Manhattan, Lullaby of Broadway and 42nd Street. My headline credits have been somewhat curtailed or they would have been longer than the review, arrangements often appearing as arrangements specially made for the group. Alsop drew on some of the finest freelance musicians in New York who had come down the line of the ‘classics’ at their distinguished schools of music. The present disc has a group of thirteen strings and drums, their combined sound recalling days when such bands were part of New York’s musical scene. I suppose I come from the era when these were known as ‘standards’ that range from Cole Porter’s song, My Heart Belongs To Daddy, to the lazy melody, In the Mood. More would have been welcomed to fill out the disc from such a superb outfit. The sound is standard ‘session’ quality with an immediacy and pungency to the string quality. © David’s Review Corner

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