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New CD Release

 Where Is Love

 

Marcus Lovett’s latest album, “Marcus Lovett, Where is Love?” is also available for digital download on iTunes and CDBaby.

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Marcus’s new disc, “Marcus Lovett, Where is Love?” also includes Baubles Bangles and Beads, Besame Mucho, The Long and Winding Road, For Good, Fly me to the Moon, Every Day I Write the Book, I Wish I Could Forget You, Urge for Goin, Say It Isn’t So, Love Dance, Man in the Street, and 59th Street Bridge Song.

Preview all tracks on iTunes and CDBaby.


 The Give Moment

Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment
Play “I Got Rhythm” 1. I Got Rhythm
Play “My House” 2. My House
Play “You and the Night and the Music” 3. You and the Night and the Music
Play “Finishing the Hat” 4. Finishing the Hat
Play “10 Minutes Ago” 5. 10 Minutes Ago
Play “Lazy Afternoon” 6. Lazy Afternoon
Play “Bring Him Home” 7. Bring Him Home
Play “I Have Dreamed” 8. I Have Dreamed
Play “Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” 9. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
Play “The Music of the Night” 10. The Music of the Night
Play “Our Love is Here to Stay” 11. Our Love is Here to Stay
Play “Johanna” 12. Johanna

Where Is Love

Performed by Marcus Lovett

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

I Got Rhythm

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Girl Crazy
George Gershwin + Ira Gershwin
WB MUSIC CORP (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

My House

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Peter Pan
Leonard Bernstein
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP (ASCAP)

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You and the Night and the Music

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Revenge with Music
Arthur Schwartz + Howard Dietz
BIENSTOCK PUBLISHING CO. (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

Finishing the Hat

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Sunday in the Park with George
Stephen Sondheim
RILTING MUSIC INC. (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

10 Minutes Ago

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Cinderella
Richard Rodgers + Oscar Hammerstein II
WILLIAMSON MUSIC CO. (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

Lazy Afternoon

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Golden Apple
J. Moss + J. LaTouche
SONY/ATV TUNES LLC, CHAPPELL + CO. (ASCAP)

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Bring Him Home

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Les Misérables
Alain Boubil + Herbert Kretzmer + Claude-Michel Schonberg
ALAIN BOUBIL MUSIC LTD. (ASCAP)

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I Have Dreamed

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From The King and I
Richard Rodgers + Oscar Hammerstein II
WILLIAMSON MUSIC CO. (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Christmas Holiday
Frank Loesser
FRANK MUSIC CORP (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

The Music of the Night

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Weber + Richard Stilgoe + Charles Hart
UNIVERSAL-POLYGRAM INTL PUB (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

Our Love is Here to Stay

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From An American in Paris
George Gershwin + Ira Gershwin
WB MUSIC CORP (ASCAP)

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Marcus Lovett CD | The Give Moment

Johanna

Performed by Marcus Lovett
From Sweeney Todd
Stephen Sondheim
RILTING MUSIC INC. (ASCAP)

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With this, his first disc, the singer Marcus Lovett makes his debut as a recording artist accompanied by a stellar team of musicians working with first-class material. Raised in Wheaton, Illinois, Lovett, in common with surprising numbers of other performers of the first rank, first encountered music as a boy in the liturgy of his church. His interest in music, and especially the sung voice, was fostered by his father and grandfather, whom he followed as a featured performer in church choirs. At Carnegie Mellon University he studied acting with Elisabeth Orion and Mel Shapiro, and vocal music with Glynn Page and Dr. Lee Cass.

Lovett’s education continued in New York with a number of private teachers. He studied voice with Paul Gavert, and acting with Wyn Handman. He currently studies voice with Howard Ross.

Lovett is a student of Edith Skinner’s classic “Speak with Distinction” (1942), the stage performer’s guide to elocution, and through study and exercises with the teachers Robert Parks and Elizabeth Terry has achieved crisp articulation. Words matter in these performances. By training they are integral to Lovett’s interpretations. There is no distortion, and the listener is left with little doubt what is being said, nor how syllables, at the moment they are heard, relate to others. And he is a listener. His favorites include Anthony Warlow, Colm Wilkinson, Kurt Elling, Liz Calloway, and James Salestrom.

Lovett’s Broadway credits include the original Broadway company of Les Misérables, the title role in Lord Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and “Billy Bigelow” in the 1994 Lincoln Center revival of Carousel. He has also appeared as “Alex” in Aspects of Love. He recently made his West End debut as “The Man” in Whistle Down the Wind. He has played “Bobby Strong” in Urinetown, the title role in Candide in Pittsburgh, “George Seurat” in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre production of Sunday in the Park With George, and the title role in the production of King David that reopened the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York.

As this disc demonstrates, Lovett has emerged as a singer of great professional skill and emotional power, at home on the Broadway stage or performing the American songbook.

Having Don Sebesky arrange your song is like having Palladio build your villa. A trombonist with Kai Winding, Claude Thornhill, the Tommy Dorsey Band, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, and other jazz greats of the 1950s, he changed careers to become the arranger who brought Wes Montgomery, Paul Desmond, Freddie Hubbard, and George Benson to the attention of the general listening public. No stranger to classical music as well, he has composed large-scale orchestral works and published a book, “The Contemporary Arranger.”

Turning to Lovett’s performances on this disc:

  1. I Got Rhythm This interesting and unusual arrangement does not require Lovett to finger-pop. Rather, his tempo is more akin to a ballad sung by him over the double-timed accompaniment of the sideman. “I’m not the theme of this record,” observes Lovett. Rather, the piece is a collaboration, in which his is only one of the voices. On this tune, the guitar and clarinet are featured as much as Lovett.
  2. My House Leonard Bernstein wrote both the words and the music of this charming little song for J.M. Barry’s “play with music,” Peter Pan.
  3. You and the Night and the Music This familiar warhorse benefits from a clever arrangement, in which Sebesky transforms it into a tango a la Astor Piazzolla. Lovett observes, “Sebasky, the clown, provides comic relief here in a most unexpected song.”
  4. Finishing the Hat Lovett counts this among his favorite songs. George Seurat, as imagined in the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Sunday in the Park with George, has no way to communicate his love other than through his art. The “she” referred to in the second word of the song is his lover, Dot, who has left him because he cannot express his feelings. To which George says later: “How I feel? You know exactly how I feel. Why do you insist you must hear the words when you know I cannot give you words, not the ones you need.” Dot is featured in the painting.
  5. 10 Minutes Ago This song has been recorded by Tom Anderson, a singer much admired by Lovett. While Mr. Anderson performs the song as a ballad, here Sebesky and Lovett embrace the exuberance of the prototypical Rodgers waltz.
  6. Lazy Afternoon Lovett suggested this piece by J. Moss and J. LaTouche. Sebesky used the suggestion to develop an arrangement transforming this languorous song, which he characterizes as “as good as anything by Franz Schubert,” into a virtuosic art song. Bits of “Nuage and Afternoon of a Faun” by Debussy are woven into the arrangement.
  7. Bring Him Home Lovett observes that he included this emotionally charged song from the score of Les Misérables because “civilians,” i.e., listeners, always request it, and he is always happy to oblige them.
  8. I Have Dreamed According to Lovett, this is a song about “dying to consummate a relationship. Anyone who has ever turned seventeen can identify with this one.”
  9. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year Of all the songs composer Frank Loesser wrote, this is reputed to have been his own favorite. In Alec Wilder’s indispensible study American Popular Song, he calls it “a very lovely, finely fashioned melody and it bears not a trace of the green eyeshade… the main strain is in the grand style. And, without any dramatic whoop-de-doo at the close of this song, he merely restates his simple, sentimental first phrase.” It is a sad song about the end of a love affair, and Lovett brings to it great emotional power, without over-sentimentality.
  10. Music of the Night is the song Lovett has sung on Broadway more than any other. This performance displays the extraordinary dynamic breadth of his voice, ranging from softness bordering on a whisper to powerful operatic declamation.
  11. Our Love is Here to Stay This splendid creation is believed to be the last song composed by George and Ira Gershwin as a team. Lovett includes the charming but seldom heard introductory verse, then sings the body of the song, swinging softly against a rhythm guitar and strings.
  12. Johanna another Sondheim song, is a favorite of Lovett’s. “Unlike George Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George, Anthony is perfectly capable of expressing his innermost feelings, but he is hindered by the possibly deadly consequences.”

“The Give Moment,” observes Lovett, “can occur when an artist shares himself with the listener directly through the music and lyric. It is private, but shared, an intimate moment in which nothing seems to matter but the song.” The attentive listener will find an abundance of “Give Moments” in the performances on this disc.

+ Peter Collins