Music That Reminds Me of You - Hal Schaefer and His Orchestra
United Artists - 1961
Music That Reminds Me of You - Hal Schaefer and His Orchestra



"There was a very big seller in those days - Mantovani - who led an all-string orchestra. It was very 'syrupy' music and everybody thought that was all strings were capable of doing.

"The songs on Music That Reminds Me of You are standards and are uniquely treated to showcase everything that strings can do. There are even a couple of songs set to swing rhythm: Crazy Rhythm and Sweet Sue.

"Turned out that when the album came out people were either disappointed or upset or both because it didn't in any way resemble Montovani."

SAMPLE TRACKS - Click to Listen!

1. Love Walked In: George and Ira Gershwin

7. Crazy Rhythm: Meyer/Kahn/Caedsar
2. Blue Room: Rodgers/Hart 8. Yesterdays: Kern/Harbach
3. As Time Goes By: Hupfeld 9. For All We Know: Coots/Lewis
4. Sweet Sue: Young/Harris 10. Melancholy Baby: Burnett/Watson/Norton
5. Among My Souvenirs: Nicholas/Leslie 11. Solitude: DeLange/Ellington/Mills
6. Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Warren/Bubin 12. Alexander's Ragtime Band: Irving Berlin


The recipe for this album is one rarely found in any recording. For it includes a dash of the very well-known and easily recognized in the selection of the tunes, and a sprinkling of modern touches in the intricate arrangements. There are strings and, of course, there is the fine piano of Hal Schaefer. Any finally, there is pure listening pleasure in every groove.

There is a freshness in this musical approach to some of your all-time favorites which creates extraordinary tonal effects, yet the basic melody is always present. The use of the strings is at times completely orthodox, then again it moves into a most modern and interesting strain. There is a swinging sound, then again a tonal pattern almost symphonic in content. And throughout, there is excitement, listening excitement as the new Sounds are heard.

Music That Reminds Me of You unveils a new Hal Schaefer, one of depth, both as a performer and as a creator, through his highly original and imaginative arrangements. As you listen, we are sure you, too, will be reminded of someone, somewhere, who may have escaped your memory for an all-too-long period of time.

United Artists Records 1961


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