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Once Upon A Time
Old Devil Moon / Once Upon A Time/ On
The Strings Of My Heart/ A Quiet Storm / Swinging On A Star
/ I Thought About You / Here I Go Again / Be Patient Alice
/ It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings / Samba 3619
Collective Personal: Bellas, vcl; Jerry Dantry Frank Cunlmondo,
p; Joe Hegrl, Eric Susoeff, g; Dave La Rocca b; Al Wrubelsky,
Lenny Rodgers, Stowe Trottle, d; Michael Moricz, perc; Ralph
Guzzl, tp, flh, No date, Pittsburgh (1990 release).
Now here's a now voice. Bellas, who doubles as a classical
deejay in Pittsburgh, has a rich full instrument with good
range and no rough edges. To quote from Lou Tracey's notes,
"There is no one I Know who is any better at understanding
the a story-content and the lyric-intent of a song."
Statements like these are more commonly reserved for better-known
(yet still underappreciated talents like Susannah McCorkle
or Carol Sloane, but Opie shows the comparison to be appropriate
She's ebullient in "Devil Moon" and *On The Strings,"
wistful on "Once Upon A Time," reflective on " Quiet
Storm," and conversational on 'Swing On A Star." And
that's just the first side. Every chance taken, every daring
intervallic leap, is carried off with seemingly no effort,
even though it feels like she's rock skipping across a wild
Many of the tunes here were written by the album's participants
with Tracey himself collaborating on five: "Quiet Storm"
with Billy VerPlank. "Strings," Alice," and "It
Ain't Over" with Negri, and "Here I Go" with
Susoeff. There's an awkward moment in the reprise of the first
verse of "I Thought About You" whore Opie holds the I
way out, as if unsure on which note to land next. That's the
only hint of someone who's not yet an established veteran.
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