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The Piano Witchcraft of Cy Coleman, Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Billy May

Updated on October 28, 2014
The Piano Witchcraft of Cy Coleman, Orchestra arranged and conducted by Belly May.  He swings, sometimes with compelling subtlety, sometimes with commanding drive!
The Piano Witchcraft of Cy Coleman, Orchestra arranged and conducted by Belly May. He swings, sometimes with compelling subtlety, sometimes with commanding drive!

As a young, aspiring pianist and composer, Cy Coleman launched his meteoric career by bewitching audiences in New York’s most sophisticated clubs. An amazingly versatile pianist, he usually fronted a trio, quickly weaving a spell over even the toughest audience. That magical spell, an intriguing blend of balladry and relentless up-tempo rhythm, always played with a master technician’s love of economy, is the very essence of “Piano Witchcraft”

Piano Witchcraft of Cy Coleman, Brassmen’s Holiday

His Growing stature as a pianist and interpreter of melody and harmony gave Cy the confidence to compose songs and tunes that rapidly became classics on whatever stage or screen or in whatever studio they were played. His sparkling talent as a composer is recognized in his scores for films, including “The Art of Love” and “Father Goose,” and for Broadway musicals such as “Wildcat” and “”On the 20th Century” and “I Love MY Wife,” Cy’s success in show business was inevitably recognized by the recording world and producer Dave Cavanaugh signed Cy Coleman to recreate on record the musical sorcery he wrought onstage.

Cy Coleman was born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929, in New York City.
Cy Coleman was born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929, in New York City.

“Piano Witchcraft” is the sound of Cy Coleman playing ten of his favorite songs. It has the added bonus of orchestral arrangements conducted by the legendary Billy May, the only exception being Bob Bain’s stimulating big band arrangement for “Pussy Cat,” one of the eight Cy Coleman compositions on the album. The sessions took place in the concert hall atmosphere of Studio ‘A’ at Capitol in Hollywood and awed observers came away muttering “Magical” to themselves after witnessing this meeting of artists, producer and conductors and arrangers at the apex of their professions.

Piano Witchcraft of Cy Coleman, Witchcraft

“Brassman’s Holiday, “Witchcraft” and the evergreen “Hey Look Me Over” are samples of Cy’s fluid and agile approach to swinging, up-tempo songs. With a firm, but sensitive hand on the melody line, he drives the rhythm along with the consummate ease of a truly great musician. His ballads such as “It Amazes Me” and “Leave It to Love” on Side Two are models of exquisite subtlety. Here Cy is at his best, coaxing the utmost in passion rom a melody with mesmeric use of phrasing and timing. The Album finishes with an upbeat tune in both tempo and character as Cy races joyously across the keyboards in “The Best Is Yet To Come.” The amazing Cy Coleman…

As a young, aspiring pianist and composer, Cy Coleman launched his meteoric career by bewitching audiences in New York’s most sophisticated clubs.
As a young, aspiring pianist and composer, Cy Coleman launched his meteoric career by bewitching audiences in New York’s most sophisticated clubs.

With his early classical and jazz success, Cy Coleman decided to build his a career in the growing world of popular music. With his first collaborator was Joseph Allen McCarthy he did remarkable work. However his most successful early partner was with Carolyn Leigh; the pair wrote many wonderful and timeless pop hits, including "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come."

I’m Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life, Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman was born June 14, 1929 and died November 18, 2004 he was an American producer, writer, and director of wonderful musicals. Cy was also one of the greatest jazz pianist to every grace the world of music. His lyricist collaborators included both Carolyn Leigh and Dorothy Fields.

Cy Coleman was born June 14, 1929 and died November 18, 2004 he was an American producer, writer, and director of wonderful musicals.
Cy Coleman was born June 14, 1929 and died November 18, 2004 he was an American producer, writer, and director of wonderful musicals.

Side One

Brassmen’s Holliday 2:08

Witchcraft 2:13

I’m Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life 1:52

It Amazes Me 2:57

Hey, Look Me Over 2:20

Side Two

The Riviera 2:13

Pussy Cat 2:27

Leave It To Love 2:13

You Fascinate Me So 2:21

The Best Is Yet To Come 2:39

Hey Look Me Over, Cy Coleman.

Cy Coleman was born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929, in New York City.

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Cy Coleman was born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929, in New York City.

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