Jonathan Schwartz

Sings Arthur Schwartz - Alone Together

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A well-known disc jockey in the New York area, Jonathan Schwartz is the son of the famous composer Arthur Schwartz. For this 1977 date (reissued on CD in 1995), the younger Schwartz made his recording debut singing ten of his father's songs while accompanied by an all-star jazz group consisting of pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Buster Williams, drummer Ben Riley, guitarist Jack Wilkins and trumpeter Marvin Stamm; two songs add a small string section. Although Schwartz frankly states that he was over his head a little, his voice is pleasing and his straightforward renditions of such songs as "You and the Night and the Music," "Then I'll Be Tired of You," "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan," "Alone Together" and a previously unknown "Where Do I Go From You" work well. Not essential, but this heartfelt performance nevertheless is quite successful.

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