The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman
The Best Is Yet To Come
July 6, 2009 -- Los Angeles, CA – Cy Coleman, the youngest member of the elite group of Great American Songbook composers (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin), will be honored this fall with an album of new recordings of his classic songs. The Best Is Yet To Come: The Songs of Cy Coleman, available September 15, 2009 from New West Records, is a provocative, cutting-edge album featuring inspiring interpretations by a select group of gifted contemporary female artists. Fiona Apple contributes two songs (her first new music in five years), alongside such artists as Missy Higgins, Madeleine Peyroux, Jill Sobule, Nikka Costa, Sara Watkins and Patty Griffin, who sings a sultry version of the album’s Grammy® Award winning title song. Coleman’s music will be showcased this fall in two special concerts in New York and Los Angeles (further details to be announced).
All tracks were newly arranged by producer/pianist Dave Palmer at the suggestion of Chrysalis Music’s Kenny MacPherson and Jamie Cerreta, in conjunction with Damon Booth, a veteran A&R man (EMI Music Publishing, Warner Bros. Records) who took over the running of Notable Music, Coleman’s publishing company, in 2006. The friends were determined to spotlight the 2,000-song catalog of the gifted composer whose work had yet to be as fully appreciated as that of his peers.
Coleman was the last major contributor to the Great American Songbook. He’s responsible for timeless songs such as “Witchcraft,” “The Best Is Yet To Come,” “Big Spender” and “The Rules Of The Road” made timeless by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Barbara Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. Ella Fitzgerald won a Grammy for her performance of “The Best Is Yet To Come.”