Jazz Vocals

The Best Days

17 JUN 10 ANNE FARNSWORTH

Monica Mancini has enlisted some high-profile friends to join her on I've Loved These Days, her latest release from Concord Music Group. Produced by legends Phil Ramone and Gregg Field, the collection of songs from the '60s and '70s features Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Felix Cavaliere and Take 6. As you would expect, this stellar cast has created a unique, high quality compilation of boomer standards.

Browne's guitar opens "These Days," the sad, introspective ballad he famously wrote when he was only 16. Take 6 fills out the harmonies with Wilson on another sweet ballad, "God Only Knows." The Rascals' Cavaliere dusts off the Hammond B3 to reprise his "How Can I Be Sure." Add Wonder's distinctive harmonica sound on "Blame It On The Sun" and you've got a set that will bounce you back to one of the most exciting eras in American music.

Paul Simon, Lennon and McCartney, Harry Nilsson and Billy Joel didn't make the session, but they're well represented by some of their best, most thoughtful work. Mancini is also backed by a top jazz quintet and a full orchestra, arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli. This is a very special project, created with equal parts love and respect, as well as superb musicianship.

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