Sophie Milman: The Man I Love

Track

The Man I Love

Artist

Sophie Milman (vocals)

CD

Sophie Milman (JVC Victor 61450)

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Musicians:

Sophie Milman (vocals),

Guido Basso (harmonica), John Sheard (electric piano), Rob Pilch (guitar), Marc Rogers (bass), Davide DiRenzo (drums)

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Composed by George & Ira Gershwin

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Recorded: Toronto, 2004

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

When Sophie Milman recorded it, "The Man I Love" was, at 80, antique enough to have been an oldie in her grandparents' day. Hope, however, springs eternal in a Gershwin song, and Milman's confidence about, in her words, "the waiting, searching and yearning for that one relationship" shines clear—fleeting though it may be. At Milman's tender age, singer Nancy King likewise saw hope; but as she matured, "the song took on tragic dimensions, deep longing for something lost or missed." While such hard-won wisdom of elders is indispensable, so is youthful optimism. Searchingly, yearningly, Sophie Milman balances the scales.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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