Laurence Hobgood: Que Sera Sera
Que Sera Sera
Laurence Hobgood (piano)
When The Heart Dances (Naim 112)
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