“This is Always” is a gem of a song, one of those ‘unknown standards’ by Harry Warren that gets played and recorded every once in a great while. Fischer’s version is unforgettable, primarily because Fischer is a master of orchestral color and of alternate harmony. Jimmy Zito plays the melody with the organ taking over, and the band changes key as the organ continues. The last section of the song as written for the full band is one of those four-bar phrases that could only have been written by Fischer; dramatic, full-textured, harmonically fascinating and beautiful to hear. In fact, I admit I have heard this short track hundreds of times and always finding something new to appreciate. Such is the art of Clare Fischer.
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