Natalie Cole “Here’s That Rainy Day”
This is my favorite vocal arrangement ever. Nan Schwartz did the arrangement and won the Grammy in 2009 for best vocal arrangement. Natalie Cole did a great job, also, in singing this classic tune.
The great trumpet solo was by Warren Luening, who was a great studio trumpet player in L.A. who died in 2012 at the age of 71. The cd was released in 2008, and I have been in love with it ever since. Natalie is really a great singer, but more than that, she surrounds herself with the best musicians and writers. Most singers can’t sing both jazz and rock/pop styles, but Natalie can do both. She is now 65 years old.
I have played this tune over and over since 2008, marveling at the work by all. It’s even better if you listen to it late at night in the dark, on really good speakers. I think it was this tune that forced me to buy my first McIntosh preamp at the age of 62! It was worth it, although it was a used 1988 model. Ha ha One thing leads to another.