Ferrante & Teicher

Broadway to Hollywood

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Close to a dozen artists used the title Broadway to Hollywood, but this early disc by the "duo-pianists with orchestra" (a description Columbia Records slapped on the front cover) made the most of the cliche. Four Cole Porter tunes and four selections from Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II make this album -- as advertised in the liner notes -- Ferrante & Teicher without the frills and explorations in sound they became known for. "The Last Time I Saw Paris," "I Love Paris," "Wonderful Copenhagen," and "Allez-Vous-En, Go Away" give romantic travel titles to the material which features their seamless and exquisite playing. The bulk of the pair's work appeared on the United Artists imprint, so these episodes from plays and films like Can Can, Me and Juliet, The Gay Divorcee, Lady Be Good, Damsel in Distress, and Hans Christiansen Andersen showing up on their earlier, now-rival label seems like a quick attempt by Columbia to re-release previously recorded material to cash in on the Top Ten success they were having in 1960 with their U.A. hits: "Exodus" and "Theme From the Apartment." It is still great stuff, though, and like their 1965 release, By Popular Demand, shows little of Ferrante & Teicher's innovation, and could easily be mistaken for Roger Williams or Liberace. This is the epitome of early-'60s Muzak which found its way into supermarkets, elevators, and dentist offices around America.

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