The reunion was preceded by a production directed by John Lawler known as "Blue Skies," which consisted of arrangements of a dozen standards by Ford and Ferrante and also by Roger Kellaway, an excellent jazz pianist, all performed by Robben Ford's wife, Anne Kerry Ford, and accompanied by Ford, Ferrante, Michael Shapiro (drums) and Stefanie Fife (cello). This is one singer who knows how to add drama and presence to a song.
Anne was invited by the aforementioned Roger Kellaway to be the vocalist for the West German Radio Orchestra¹s Big Band tribute to Kurt Weill in the spring of 2000. She has considerable experience in both on- and off-Broadway productions and some major film credits. That she is a capable singer is not at issue and we frankly enjoyed her work this evening. She is a very capable cabaret performer, and in fact, she will be performing every Wednesday in October at The Gardenia (7066 Santa Monica Blvd., 323/467-7444).
The arrangements were inventive and harmonically interesting (and frequently rhythmically engaging as wellread Latin rhythms), while lending atmosphere and a new sound to old standards from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Ira Gershwin, to name a few. The Kellaway arrangement of Out Of This World was breathtaking.