Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends
Decca Gold 28948157914 / ****1/2
American actor Bill Murray and German cellist Jan Vogler met by chance on a flight they were travelling, and quickly became friends. This album is an unusual collaboration between veteran thespian and virtuoso cellist, with over an hour of selections from American literature and well-selected music.
could actually sing? His untrained voice is actually
convincing in Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So and Stephen Foster's I
Dream Of Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair and he absolutely nails Van
Morrison's When Will I Ever Learn To Live In God. Murray
Vogler, his wife violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez are but supporting actors in pieces by Saint-Saëns, Bach, Schubert, Bernstein and Henry Mancini, but do have Astor Piazzolla's tango Muerte De Angel to their own. A very enjoyable release.