Hummin' to Myself (Linda Ronstadt album)

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Hummin' to Myself
Hummin to Myself Linda Ronstadt.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember, 2004
RecordedClubhouse, Rhinebeck, New York; Capital Studios, Hollywood; Oxford Sound, Nashville.
GenreJazz
Length42:57
LabelVerve
ProducerGeorge 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
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Billboard(favorable)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[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 #3 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart where it remained for 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. It most likely will be her final solo studio album as Ronstadt retired in 2011 due to the effects of Parkinson's disease leaving her unable to sing though being rediagnosed in 2019 as having Progressive supranuclear palsy.[5]

History[edit]

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

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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tell Him I Said Hello"Jack J. Canning, Bill Hegner4:33
2."Never Will I Marry"Frank Loesser2:22
3."Cry Me a River"Arthur Hamilton4:25
4."Hummin' to Myself"Sammy Fain, Herbert Magidson, Monty Siegel2:45
5."Miss Otis Regrets"Cole Porter3:11
6."I Fall in Love Too Easily"Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne3:36
7."Blue Prelude"Joe Bishop, Gordon Jenkins3:01
8."Day Dream"Duke Ellington, John Latouche, Billy Strayhorn4:28
9."I've Never Been in Love Before"Frank Loesser3:25
10."Get Out of Town"Cole Porter2:49
11."I'll Be Seeing You"Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal2:37
Total length:37:12

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

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

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