Silber sings this years collection of Blues and Ballads
with Jonathan Hart at the piano
I didn't know what time it was
Lover come back to me
4 The girl I love
5 When your lover has gone
You don't know what love is
Saint Louis Blues
Fare thee well
The way you look tonight
Cry me a river
All the way
I've got a right to sing the Blues
16 Basin Street
Total Running Time 60'00"
As the title says, "Informally yours" is a collection of Blues
offered in a spirit of informality,
with the pleasure of singing these immortal classics.
Paul Silber sings with Jonathan Hart's brilliant accompaniment.
Clara, my wife of 25 years, heard that Keith Jarrett, the pianist,
while recovering from a serious illness, had created for his wife
a CD of the standards that she so loved, Clara thought it would
be a good idea if I did the same for her! Happily I had not succumbed
to any illness beforehand. I had just retired as a teacher in
the Roy Hart Theatre. "Why not?" I thought. So we started.
It shows something of my love of this music that the sheet music
was already available in my files! This was quickly assembled.
Jonathan Hart was asked if he would work with me on the project.
Although he was already heavily engaged for that summer, he immediately
agreed to give me what time he could between engagements and looking
after his two daughters. This turned out to be three sessions
of two hours a piece. Clara was musical director and we were all
set to go. The only sheet music I could not find was `My Funny
Valentine'. I asked Jonathan if he knew it, "Of course", he replied,
so we went straight into it. The tenth track is the result. It
was the first and only take we took of that number.
I hope that what comes over in these recordings is the great love
I have, not only for the songs themselves, but also for the person
for whom I sing them - Clara - HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY! -
where it has come from
I first took my voice seriously when I was 13. My voice was `breaking'
and I realised I had an opportunity for yodelling, which delighted
me. I was a child actor and trained under Dirk Bogarde at the `Corona
Stage School' in London. At that time, I did some modelling and
comic strip photographic sittings! That's show biz for you! Later,
as an adult, I entered the business more seriously. Before meeting
Roy Hart, I had vocal training with Alfred Kuhn; eventually I appeared
in the West End in such musicals as `Oliver!' and `Mr. Pickwick'.
My love of Blues goes back to my teenage years. My records accompanied
me wherever I went, even on my military service! I still have these
discs with artists like Shirley Bassey, Eydie Gorme and Ella Fitzgerald,
singing the immortal numbers! In 1962, at the age of 25, I met Roy
Hart, who was to totally re-orientate my career; I also met Jonathan,
son of Dorothy Hart, Roy's wife. Jonathan was 6 years old at the
time! This was the beginning of a relationship that has never wavered
in all these years. He has for some years now been a teacher of
voice at the New York University! It is interesting to note, that
it is only in 2000, after we came together to create the enclosed
CD, that we realised how close we both are, not only in vocal terms
but also in our musical senses! THANK YOU, Jonathan.
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