Pam Lawson - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers - A Celebration In Song (2012)

Pam Lawson - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers - A Celebration In Song (2012)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 19 Tracks | 59:34 | 138 MB
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Pam Lawson

It’s hard not to like Pam Lawson. As the audience is greeted by the soft, languid rendition of “I Won’t Dance” as they file in, Lawson meets them like old friends with a big smile and easy manner, setting the tone for the next hour. This show lives up to it’s subtitle as A Celebration In Song, and is an opportunity for the singer to share her love of the music from the classic 1930s films of Fred and Ginger. Interspersed with a witty narrative of anecdotes gleaned from autobiographies by the iconic Hollywood pair, Pam Lawson takes us through the music from the nine RKO Radio Pictures movies featuring the dancing duo. On a blank stage and backed brilliantly on piano by Tom Finlay, and on double bass by Ed Kelly, Pam Lawson, in a flowery tea-dress, invites the audience to sing along or even dance if they dare. With the house lights up throughout, it feels almost like you are relaxing in your Granny’s living room on a rainy afternoon listening to music that never seems to age and will still get everyone’s toes tapping.

Lawson has a fine alto voice that skips happily along the bouncing melodies of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, though at times nerves show through during this opening performance with some of the higher, sustained notes missing their pitch slightly and the odd forgotten line. However, her friendly manner means you forgive the occasional slip, especially when she wraps you up in her velvety lower tones during a medley from 1937’s “Shall We Dance” composed by Gershwin. Opting for a clean sound with no noticeable reverberation coming through the small PA, the only textures in the vocals come from Lawson herself; her natural vibrato, hushed sultry air and occasional well placed stronger notes. Despite professing not to dance, Pam sashays across the stage during each number and even gets in a small tap routine: after all, as she says, you can’t do Fred and Ginger without one. Her diction is spot on and her animated delivery conveys the meaning of each song in a way that many singers struggle with.

The highlight has to be the rendition of “Slap That Bass”, as the duet between Ed Kelly’s bass and Lawson’s voice during the introduction compliments each instrument wonderfully. Pam Lawson clearly loves the repertoire she performs and her enthusiasm for the genre shines through the hour long show. For those who share this affection there is probably no better way to spend an afternoon than humming along with fingers drumming to the music of some of the greatest films from Hollywood’s Golden Age.


01. I Won't Dance
02. Flying Down to Rio
03. A Needle in a Haystack
04. Night and Day
05. The Continental
06. I'll Be Hard to Handle
07. Isn't This a Lovely Day
08. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
09. Let Yourself Go
10. I'm Putting All My Eggs (In One Basket)
11. Let's Face the Music and Dance
12. Pick Yourself Up
13. The Way You Look Tonight
14. A Fine Romance
15. Slap That Bass
16. Gershwin Medley
17. Change Partners
18. Cheek to Cheek
19. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes