Rosemary Clooney: More Than You Know
More Than You Know
Rosemary Clooney (vocals)
Girl Singer (Concord Jazz 1008)
Warren Luening, George Graham, Larry Hall, Bob Summers (trumpets), Chauncey Welsch, Bill Booth, Bill Elton, George Roberts (trombones), Brad Warnaar (French horn), Dan Higgins, Joe Soldo, Bob Tricarico, (reeds); John Oddo (keyboards), Tim May (guitar), Tom Warrington (bass).
Arranged and conducted by Peter Matz. Composed by Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu and Billy Rose.
Recorded: Hollywood, CA, November & December, 1991
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
While the lyrics of this 62-year-old standard show their age, its lovely melody is untarnished, and the vocalist, one year older than her song, is younger than springtime. Although she was by this time a well-established jazz singer, Rosie's reinvention as such was as farfetched as, say, Patti Page tackling the Thelonious Monk songbook. As a 1950s pop star, Clooney may've been, as her friend Bing Crosby declared, "the best in the business," but that business wasn't jazz. And indeed, this sensitively arranged ballad is to jazz tangential. Still, if you fancy a beautiful song beautifully sung, Rosie is riveting.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz