Anne Kerry Ford..Weill. Illyria Records 2006
Anne Kerry Ford possesses a cultured tone with clear articulation and when the majority of arrangements are by Roger Kellaway, this collaboration becomes a study in musical artistry. There are 15 tracks on this recording most of which were performed live at the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, Germany with the WDR big band. All songs were composed by Kurt Weill.
Ford sings with passion and this element is evident in "My Ship" a song that has always lingered in the ear of the discerning listener. John Boswell at the piano adds much to this number with artfully crafted accompaniment.
"One Life To Live" marches jauntily along as Ford parlays this Weill composition with lyrics by Ira Gershwin to a delightful and cleverly constructed `coup de maitre.
"Youkali" Backed by the WDR big band is replete with a sophisticated and urbane message. Anne Kerry Ford exhibits range and the ability to tell a musical story with charm and compelling delight.
These are but a few of the tracks on this recording that is filled with fine orchestral backing and vocal mastery. The musicians are seasoned performers, both in the big band concept and the more intimate format with a small ensemble.
Ford is obviously classically trained and that is evident in her control,
range and the intense way that she sings the lyric in a manner that becomes
a personal communication to the listener. Charm, grace and culture are
the bywords on this fine project.