of composer Kurt Weill will find his songs extremely well served by cabaret
singer Anne Kerry Ford in this mostly live recording with the WDR Big Band
in Cologne, Germany. Ford, who starred in a Broadway revival of The Threepenny
Opera, has a big theatrical voice that uses an actress instincts to
expose and illuminate emotional shadings. Fords voice aches with pain,
yearning and heartache. Theres a rich variety of tunes here; songs
Weill wrote with Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and his best-known collaborator,
Bertolt Brecht. Im a Stranger Here Myself is a knockout.
It Never Was You is tender; Lonely House (with lyrics
by Langston Hughes) is astonishing, as is the whole of this passionate disc.
-ELLIS WIDNER ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE