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Some Enchanted Evening: Jazz And Popular Song Love Ballads

Love songs progressing from discovery and longing to settled intimacy.

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Some Enchanted Evening

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Leading lights of popular song guide the way as Afterglow undertakes a romantic journey.

“Some Enchanted Evening” is a program of jazz and American popular-song love ballads that progress from discovery and longing (Frank Sinatra’s performance of the title tune, Nat King Cole’s of “When I Fall in Love”) to the settled intimacy of Madeleine Peyroux’s “Half the Perfect World” and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s “Our Love Is Here to Stay.” Other artists setting out on this musical quest for romance include Diana Krall, Chet Baker, Norah Jones, Sarah Vaughan and Fred Astaire.

Music Heard On This Episode

Please Send Me Someone to Love
Bill Henderson — Complete Vee-Jay Recordings V. 2 (Vee-Jay, 1993)
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Please Send Me Someone to Love
Bill Henderson — Complete Vee-Jay Recordings V. 2 (Vee-Jay, 1993)
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Some Enchanted Evening
Frank Sinatra — Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love (Rhino, 2009)
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When I Fall in Love
Nat King Cole — The World of Nat King Cole (Capitol, 2005)
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Falling in Love Again
Nina Simone — The Colpix Years (Rhino/WEA, 1996)
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The More I See You
Chet Baker — Sings It Could Happen to You (Riverside, 1991)
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Love Walked In
Sarah Vaughan — Sings George Gershwin (Polygram, 1998)
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The Way You Look Tonight
Fred Astaire — Steppin' Out: Astaire Sings (Polygram, 1994)
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The Boy Next Door
Bill Evans — Live at Shelly's Manne-Hole (Riverside, 1991)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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The Look of Love
Diana Krall — Live in Paris (Verve, 2002)
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Embraceable You
Charlie Parker — Best of the Complete Savoy and Dial Masters (Savoy, 2002)
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Turn Me On
Norah Jones — Come Away With Me (Blue Note, 2002)
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And We Will Fly
Kurt Elling — Nightmoves (Concord, 2007)
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Half the Perfect World
Madeleine Peyroux — Rounder (Half the Perfect World, 2006)
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Our Love Is Here to Stay
Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong — Ella and Louis Again (Verve, 2003)
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Some Enchanted Evening
Frank Sinatra/Rosemary Clooney — Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (Warner/Reprise, 1995)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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