Pin It

CD Review: Joe Beck and Betty MacDonald 


Joe Beck and Betty MacDonald
And Here’s to You
(2009, MacDee Music)

Guitarist Joe Beck, who died in 2008, and Woodstock violinist, vocalist, and radio host Betty MacDonald, who passed away on August 9, 2010, have now finished what they had begun. Several years ago, Beck had the idea of recording duets by them, but he passed before they were done, so the sessions were shelved. During Beck’s memorial service, keyboardist and coproducer Pete Levin, a close friend to both, talked with MacDonald about completing the sessions. And so eventually Levin and others “reassembled” the music that would become And Here’s to You.

Beck and MacDonald possess each piece they play on, contoured to their personal temperament and tempo. MacDonald’s physical voice extends to her violin, which quivers with warmth and affection on the standards “So Nice to Come Home To” and “Georgia on My Mind.” It’s rare to hear the lyrics to Victor Young’s serenade “Stella by Starlight” sung with as much pathos as MacDonald’s version here. As Beck’s “Lullaby” quiets the room (and his gentle tone fills it), it invokes the image of MacDonald coaxing a reluctant rapscallion to sleep. Levin (on melodica on “September in the Rain”), pianist Warren Bernhardt (on the title tune with MacDonald), and vibist Mike Mainieri (“In Remembrance” with MacDonald) also make fine contributions. Shakespeare said, “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” What stirred between Beck and MacDonald during And Here’s to You was nothing less than honesty. It’s a poignant remembrance for family, friends, and ardent admirers to cherish. www.macdeemusic.com.

click to enlarge cd-joe-beck-betty-macdonald.jpg

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

The Hudson Valley from Pen to Brush

Mondays-Fridays. Continues through May 19 — Exhibit by Judith Beringer Hraniotis....
Simply Human: Sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD @ Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange

Simply Human: Sculptures by Terry Murray, PhD

Mondays-Fridays. Continues through April 21

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

  • CD Review: Honey Ear Trio

    Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews Honey Ear Trio's album "Steampunk Serenade."
    • Dec 29, 2011
  • CD Review: Michelle LeBlanc

    Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews Michelle LeBlanc's album "I Remember You"
    • Nov 30, 2011
  • CD Review: David Rothenberg and Lewis Porter

    Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson reviews David Rothenberg and Lewis Porter's new album "Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast."
    • Oct 28, 2011
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets