Pam Munter

Sentimental Journey: Celebrating Doris Day

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A devoted fan since the age of five, cabaret singer Pam Munter swings, waltzes, and lilts through a play list of 19 tunes associated with one of the most popular singers and film stars of the 1950s generation and beyond, the bubbling ever perky Doris Day. Munter is not the only vocalist doing Doris Day. Australian Janet Seidel has been honoring Day both on records and with a one-woman show. Seidel sounds more like Day than Munter, but Munter has that special vivacity that characterized Day's way of delivering a tune, even on sentimental ballads. Another difference is Munter is also a clinical psychologist. The play list has many of the familiar songs that Day sang either in films or on record or both. The more famous material is balanced by some tunes that are less memorable. "A Purple Cow" is a 1953 tune that Munter delivers with the same spunk as her idol. Munter uses different arrangements than Day in many cases. Instead of a Les Brown-like big band for the title tune, she uses a smaller group and background singers. The latter also make important contributions on such cuts as "Teacher's Pet" and "Sam, the old Accordion Man," both Day favorites. Munter also pays homage to Day's jazz side with a swinging "Shanghai" backed by the strong piano of Ed Vodicka and click-clack percussion by veteran Earl Palmer.

Munter and company have successfully fashioned a CD which pays grateful tribute to Doris Day without aimlessly copying that performer's style and mannerisms. Sure there's the finger snapping kicking off "Everybody Loves a Lover" and the dubbed duet. But this re-creation is the exception rather than the norm on this CD. Thus, this album will be appreciated by both Doris Day devotees and vocal fans in general.

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