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I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words

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Release Date: September 8, 2023

what the critics are saying

“His ‘Witchcraft’ is an x-ray version that examines the skin beneath the calluses of this brazen tease.”
–The New York Times

“Jeff Harnar’s singing and Cy Coleman’s music make a perfect duet.”
–Tommy Tune

“Cy would’ve loved it.”
–David Zippel

A Collective Cy
Jeff Harnar sings Cy Coleman

As singer and interpreter, Jeff Harnar’s passionate exploration of the Great American Songbook has yielded award-winning recordings like 2022’s I Know Things Now: My Life in Sondheim’s Words and thrilled audiences with his takes on Porter, Gershwin, Comden & Green and many more. On A Collective Cy: Jeff Harnar Sings Cy Coleman, Harnar brings his exuberance, interpretive acumen and “voice that out-Sinatras Sinatra” (Broadway World) to bear on a titan of popular song whose work won multiple Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards over a six-decade career. Adapted from an award-winning stage show heralded as “a major event” by EDGE, A Collective Cy — which represents 40 years of Harnar’s fruitful collaboration with music director Alex Rybeck, here conducting a full orchestra in charts arranged specifically for this recording — works its witchcraft on 17 Coleman songs, from classics to lesser-known gems. Much as Coleman did, Harnar and Rybeck marry stage-worthy savvy to the seeming effortlessness of jazz. The album is further brightened by two guest artists: Ann Hampton Callaway pairing with Harnar on a sly and provocative “I’ve Got Your Number” and her sister Liz joining Harnar for “Our Private World,” their intertwining voices illuminating the purity of the melody while allowing it to soar. A vocalist at the height of his powers, Harnar blazes a unique path through this ravishing set that stands out brightly among the tributes to Coleman and his contemporaries.

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track listing
  1. You Fascinate Me So
  2. My Personal Property / My City
  3. It Amazes Me (feat. Sean Harkness)
  4. I’ve Got Your Number (feat. Ann Hampton Callaway)
  5. With Every Breath I Take
  6. Rhythm of Life (feat. Nicolas King & Danny Bacher)
  7. The Best Is Yet to Come
  8. (Doop Doo-De-Oop) A Doodlin’ Song (feat. Jay Leonhart & Alex Rybeck)
  9. Some Kind of Music
  10. So Little Time
  11. Our Private World (feat. Liz Callaway)
  12. Witchcraft
  13. The Rules of the Road / Come Summer / I’m Way Ahead
  14. If My Friends Could See Me Now

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