Laurence Hobgood: Que Sera Sera


Que Sera Sera



When The Heart Dances (Naim 112)

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Laurence Hobgood (piano), Charlie Haden (bass).

Composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans


Recorded: Disney Music Hall, Valencia, CA, March 2008


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Originally written for the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much, "Que Sera Sera" became synonymous with Doris Day, the actress and singer who eventually claimed it as her theme song and made it a Billboard hit.

The potent team of Laurence Hobgood and Charlie Haden transform this campy 1950s pop song into an emotionally evocative ballad. Hodgood’s sonorous piano lines are elegant and reverential. He plays with a thoughtful respect that elevates the song to a previously unknown state of beauty and maturity. Haden’s deeply resonant bass swells with warmth and feeling. Engineer Ken Christianson should be particularly cited for faithfully capturing these two masters at their best. The two maestros have conducted a benediction that incorporates heartfelt respect and demonstrates an empathetic exchange. Like an alchemist, Hobgood and Haden take common lead and transform it into gold.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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  • 1 Trudy Johnson-Lenz // Jun 22, 2009 at 01:12 AM
    I completely agree with Mr. Miriello's assessment. "Que Sera Sera" is my favorite track on this exquisite CD. The whole album grows on me with each listen, revealing new depths, musical nuance, and subtle interplays between Hobgood and Haden I hadn't noticed before. Highly recommended. One small note: The correct album title is "When the Heart Dances." But your creative renaming is appropriate; this is really a performance when the spirits dance.
  • 2 Tom Cunniffe // Jun 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM
    Sorry, it was a mistake I made in the editing process. It has been corrected.