Chandler Travis Philharmonic with Amy Fairchild - Baby, It's Cold Outside

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I've done this song once or twice over the years -it's written by Frank Loesser, who also wrote my favorite musical of all time, "Guys and Dolls" (which is likewise packed with great counterpoint writing.) The template for us was the version by Ray Charles and Betty Carter, whose album "Ray Charles and Betty Carter" (originally on ABC Paramount, but the CD version I have is on Dunhill Compact Classics) is a flat-out masterpiece, as you might expect from two of the greatest singers of all time at the top of their game.) Last winter, we put a duo version by myself and the legendary Dick Wetmore on our new Christmas collection, "Another Christmas Gift for You."

I thought Amy was just amazing on this one, especially considering she wasn't particularly familiar with the song and had about ten minutes to rehearse it (which was ten more minutes than the band had -for everyone but myself, this was their first crack at it. I'm still amazed people can do things this way!) Anyway, Amy nailed it down pretty good, I'd say, as did Hugh Nestor, who established the perfect mood with his opening trumpet solo.

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from Song of the Weak​!​!​!, track released May 11, 2004
Live at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, April 13, 2004

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THE CHANDLER TRAVIS PHILHARMONIC is a 9-piece technicolor extravaganza from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and valet. George Carlin and NRBQ are among their longtime supporters; others include Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Of Montreal, Ween, and yer mother. ... more

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