Hummin' to Myself (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Hummin' to Myself
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released November, 2004
Recorded Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, New York; Capital Studios, Hollywood; Oxford Sound, Nashville.
Genre Jazz, traditional jazz
Length 42:57
Label Verve
Producer George Massenburg, John Boylan
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Mi Jardin Azul: Las Canciones Favoritas
(2004)
Hummin' to Myself
(2004)
Adieu False Heart
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Billboard (favorable)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Jazz Times (favorable)[4]

Hummin’ to Myself is a 2004 traditional jazz album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart (where it remained for over six months). It peaked at #166 on the main Billboard album chart and sold approximately 75,000 copies in the United States during its first year.

History[edit]

Hummin' to Myself represents a return by Ronstadt to the classic jazz standards world she had explored in a series of 1980s albums with Nelson Riddle, only this time with a band not an orchestra and in a more overtly jazz manner.[1]

Ronstadt sings songs by Frank Loesser (“Never Will I Marry” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before”) and Cole Porter (“Get out of Town,” “Miss Otis Regrets), and “I Fall in Love Too Easily”, which was sung by Frank Sinatra in the 1944 film Anchors Aweigh.

Hummin’ To Myself received critical acclaim for its devotion to authenticity. It features musicians Alan Broadbent, Christian McBride, David “Fathead” Newman, Lewis Nash, Peter Erskine and Roy Hargrove.

Track listing[edit]

# Song title Composer/songwriter length
1 Tell Him I Said Hello Jack J. Canning, Bill Hegner 4:33
2 Never Will I Marry Frank Loesser 2:22
3 Cry Me a River Arthur Hamilton 4:25
4 Hummin' to Myself Sammy Fain, Herbert Magidson, Monty Siegel 2:45
5 Miss Otis Regrets Cole Porter 3:11
6 I Fall in Love Too Easily Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 3:36
7 Blue Prelude Joe Bishop, Gordon Jenkins 3:01
8 Day Dream Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn 4:28
9 I've Never Been in Love Before Frank Loesser 3:25
10 Get Out of Town Cole Porter 2:49
11 I'll Be Seeing You Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal 2:37

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

  • George Massenburg – producer, engineer, mastering, mixing
  • John Boylan – producer
  • Alan Broadbent – arranger
  • Linda Ronstadt – arranger
  • Al Schmitt – engineer
  • Dann Thompson – assistant engineer
  • André Zweers – assistant engineer
  • Chris Powers – assistant engineer
  • Sean Price – assistant engineer
  • Hank Linderman – assistant engineer
  • Mark DeBuck – assistant engineer
  • Steve Genewick – assistant engineer
  • Steve Bishir – assistant engineer
  • Jim Brady – assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Robert Hadley – mastering
  • Isabelle Wong – graphic design
  • Hollis King – art direction
  • Rocky Schenck – photography

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