quinta-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2009

Carmen Cavallaro - The Eddy Duchin Story - The Sound Track Album

  1. To Love Again
  2. Manhattan
  3. Shine on Harvest Moon
  4. It Must Be True
  5. Whispering
  6. Dizzy Fingers
  7. You're My Everything
  8. Chopsticks
  9. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  10. Brazil
  11. La Vie En Rose
  12. To Love Again (Final)
Eddy Duchin Story
"The Poet of the Piano," Carmen Cavallaro was born May 6, 1913 in New York City; though a classically-trained performer, in time he expanded into pop arrangements in the mode of his chief inspiration, Eddy Duchin. After a four-year stint as the featured soloist with bandleader Al Kavelin, in 1937 Cavallaro moved on to a series of other society big bands, including those helmed by Abe Lyman, Enric Madriguera, and Meyer Davis; in the early 1940s, he began leading his own groups, making his name on the hotel circuit and on radio. Settling in Hollywood in 1944, he appeared in films including Hollywood Canteen, Out of This World and The Time, the Place and the Girl, and in 1945 also scored a hit with "Chopin's Polonaise"; after the war, he additionally hosted a radio program for NBC, The Sheaffer Parade. Signing to Decca, Cavallaro recorded a series of best-selling 78s including Cavallaro Plays Ellington, Music at Midnight and For Latin Lovers, and in 1956 he ghosted Tyrone Power's piano playing in the big-screen biopic The Eddy Duchin Story. He died in 1989. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Carmen Cavallaro (May 6, 1913 – October 12, 1989) was an American pianist born in New York. He established himself as one of the most accomplished and admired light music pianists of his generation.

Known as the “Poet of the Piano”, Carmen Cavallaro showed a gift for music from age three, picking out tunes on a toy piano. His parents were encouraged by a friend to develop the child’s musical talents and he studied classical piano in the United States. As a young pianist, he toured Europe performing in many capitals.

In 1933, Cavallaro joined the jazz band of Al Kavelin, where he quickly became the featured soloist. After four years he switched to a series of other big bands, including Rudy Vallee's in 1937. He also worked briefly with Enrico Madriguera and Abe Lyman.

Starting his own band, a five-piece combo, in St. Louis in 1939, his popularity grew and his group expanded into a 14-piece orchestra, releasing some 19 albums for Decca over the years. Although his band traveled the country and played in all the top spots, he made a particular impact at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, which became a favourite venue, and which many years later, was to be re-visited in the same way by George Shearing and Mel Tormé. Other venues where he drew large and devoted audiences included New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, Chicago’s Palmer House and the Los Angeles’ Coconut Grove. In 1963, he had a million seller hit with the song Sukiyaki.

Cavallaro developed a piano style of glittering and rippling arpeggios to augment his melody, which was often arranged in thick and lush triple and quadruple octave chords. His musical interests and arrangements included dance music, particularly Latin rhythms, tangos and strict tempo dancing styles, as well as some pop and jazz arrangements of classical melodies. In this, he is often cited as being influenced by pianist Eddy Duchin. Liberace was greatly influenced by both Cavallaro and Duchin. All three shared a propensity for arranging classical piano themes in a pop idiom.

Cavallaro also became famous through the medium of radio and film, firstly with his regular program on NBC during the 1940’s, The Schaeffer Parade, of which he was the host and later in films where he played himself, starting with Hollywood Canteen (1944), then Diamond Horseshoe (1945) and Out of This World (1945). His most celebrated film achievement was playing the piano music for actor Tyrone Power’s hands to mime, in The Eddy Duchin Story (1956).

Carmen Cavallaro died from cancer in 1989 in Columbus, Ohio.

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