Hit-maker and beloved crooner, Steve Tyrell released a bewitching new album titled It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn on May 14, 2013. The album pays tribute to the incredible work of Sammy Cahn whose songs are firmly embedded in the Great American Songbook and during the early 60s defined a generation, giving life to the Rat Pack’s repertoire.
Complemented with longtime collaborators, Tyrell explores 13 of his favorite Cahn songs, illustrating their everlasting vitality. The musicians include guitarist Bob Mann, pianists Alan Broadbent and Quinn Johnson, bassists Ed Howard and David Finck, drummers Kevin Winard and Jim Sapporito, and feature soloist David Mann on saxophone, and Lew Soloff on trumpet. A legendary group that includes Alan Broadbendt, Don Sebesky, John Oddo, and Bob Mann, and is produced by Steve Tyrell and Jon Allen provides the arrangements.
The idea to record a Cahn songbook project first came to Tyrell last year, after he performed “It’s Crazy,” at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. (right outside of Washington, D.C.). It was one of the last tunes Cahn penned in collaboration with Tyrell’s friend Artie Butler, “It was a song that slipped through the cracks, Artie told me, so I thought it would be great to try a Sammy Cahn song that no one knew. We played it that night and everybody went crazy,” Tyrell remembers, “It was like finding a buried treasure.” Underscored with an after-hours blues feel, and graced with a sultry trumpet solo from Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears), the song will undoubtedly be inducted into the big leagues of other Cahn classics.
Sammy Cahn (1913-1993), a New York native is noted to contribute a major body of ‘work’ (lyricist, songwriter and songs for Broadway musicals) from the early 40s into the 70s. Cahn was an excellent collaborator and one of his most famous partnerships was with Jimmy Van Heusen. Some of the other Cahn-Van Heusen covers featured on the album include such iconic material as “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” along with opener “Come Fly with Me,” a classic made famous by Frank Sinatra (who recorded 87 of Cahn’s songs), a dramatic reading of the amorous cautionary tale “The Tender Trap,” which was the soundtrack title song of the 1955 movie starring Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds; a stirring retooling of “All the Way,” another Sinatra-related classic, written for the 1957 drama, The Joker is Wild; the gorgeous, string-laden ballad “The Second Time Around; and the comely “Call Me Irresponsible,” an ambitious five-syllable word ballad that Cahn originally wrote for 1963 movie, Papa’s Delicate Condition, with hopes that the movie’s original star, Fred Astaire would sing it. Instead it sat on the shelf for seven years until the movie was finally made, starring Jackie Gleason, winning Cahn his final Oscar.
“It’s Magic,” coincides with Tyrell’s newly extended contract with Café Carlyle to continue his seasonal residency through 2014. Tyrell succeeded the legendary Bobby Short who played Café Carlyle for more than three decades before his passing in 2005.
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One World Theater – Austin, TX – June 13, 2013
Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA – June 21, 2013
Feinstein’s at Hotel Niko – San Francisco, CA – June 25-29, 2013
Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA – June 30, 2013
Constitution Park – Camarillo, CA – July 13, 2013
California Mid State Fair – Paso Robles, CA – July 23, 2013
Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA – August 23, 2013
Grand Del Mar – Del Mar, CA – August 25, 2013
Jazz Alley- Seattle, WA- October, 2013
Catalina Jazz Club- Hollywood, CA- November, 2013
Café Carlyle- New York, NY – December 3rd – New Years Eve
The Colony- Palm Beach, FL- January 7th -26th 2014
Catalina Jazz Club- Hollywood, CA – February 2014
Houston Symphony – Houston, TX – March 13, 2014