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Track Listing:

So Many Stars
The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
Like A Lover
Cry Me A River
Dindi / How Insensitive
No One Is Alone
Anyone Can Whistle
Blame It On My Youth / I've Grown Accustomed To Hi
Something's Coming
The Man I Used To Love
Get Here

Betty Buckley :



Exclusive Bonus Tracks Available on Rhapsody

Playbill Records announces their second collaboration with Tony Award Winner and Broadway legend, Betty Buckley, entitled QUINTESSENCE, a stunning tribute to Buckley's eighteen year working relationship with legendary jazz great, Kenny Werner.  This album is the pair's ninth album together and is a perfect bookend to the recently released Betty Buckley 1967, released this past October.  Quintessence will be released on the same day that Buckley will return to New York's famed Feinstein's at Loews Regency for a three week engagement. 

"1967" features a nineteen year old Buckley in her first ever studio recording.  The resulting eleven tracks expose the young abandon and whimsical charisma of a girl who will one day become one of the Great White Way's greatest talents.  Conversely, "Quintessence", oozes with the seasoned finesse of a musical virtuoso-a performance that travels the artistic landscape of one of the most distinguished and celebrated performers of today.  Fans of Betty Buckley and Kenny Werner can expect a beautiful musical valentine.

The title is a reference to the quintet of musicians who have played with Buckley for over a decade including: Werner (who plays piano, arranged and co-produced the tracks), Tony Marino on bass, Billy Drewes on reeds, Todd Reynolds on violin and Dan Weiss on drums.

The album opens with a smoky, jazz-infused version of the famous Sergio Mendes and Bergman's collaboration, So Many Stars and concludes with an achingly "hushed" version of Get Here, the hit song made famous by Oleta Adams.  In between is a magical mix of tracks that takes the dramatic range and theatrics of Buckley's voice and infuses it with the jazz influence of her skillful quintet. 

Four select bonus tracks which include songs Amelia, Where Do you Start, Heart Like a Wheel/The Ater is Wide and A Time for Love/You are Here, will exclusively be available via Rhapsody (www.rhapsody.com).  Betty and longtime collaborator Kenny Werner will also be featured on a special podcast series discussing Quintessence and their creative process which will be available on masterworksbroadway.com, playbill.com, iTunes and other podcast forums. 

Buckley and Werner's unique interpretations of jazz and American standards, eclectic Brazilian songs and musical theatre milestones are a diverse collection of tunes culled from the best of Buckley's critically acclaimed cabaret act, most notably her recent show at New York City's famed Blue Note.  This recording offers truly original renditions of songs that the quintet and Buckley perform with a fresh approach. The chemistry and alchemy obviously come from years spent together performing across the nation and around the world.

"I am so proud of what has come of the almost two decades I've spent working with Kenny.  He has been by my side for some of the most treasured moments of my career, and for that I am truly grateful," said Buckley.  "To me, this album is the ultimate tribute to Kenny, Tony, Billy, Todd and Dan-five men whose talent and dedication never cease to amaze me."

Ms. Buckley describes the musical choices on the album as "paintings with sound." In fact, she used paintings to illustrate what she envisioned for each song as she and Werner discussed the "feel" for each of the unique arrangements. 
The year continues to be a landmark one for Buckley.  She recently wrapped filming on the highly anticipated film from director M. Night Shyamalan entitled "The Happening".  Buckley also recently debuted at New York City's Town Hall to a sold out crowd and will return to Feinstein's at Loews Regency for the fourth time on February 5th with an engagement through February 24.

About Playbill Records: Playbill, the internationally recognized and authoritative publication for theatre, music and the performing arts expanded the reach of its famous yellow and black trademark logo with this newly minted record label in the summer of 2006.  Since then, the label has produced two successful, original albums from two of Broadway's most recognized faces-Brian Stokes Mitchell and Betty Buckley, and has expanded its trusted "Editors Choice" rating system for a new series of Broadway themed discs culled from the best archival original cast recordings ever produced.  The first of its kind entitled "Scene Stealers" was released on April 1st, 2007, and features a 22-year old Buckley in her first role on Broadway in the show 1776. 

About SONY BMG Masterworks Broadway: The recent mergers of Sony BMG combined the Sony Classical/Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor labels, and led to the formation of Masterworks Broadway, which houses one of the most formidable catalogues of cast albums anywhere, with recent titles such as Tony winner Avenue Q, the revival of A Chorus Line, and Grammy-award winners The Producers and Hairspray, as well as the treasured original cast recordings of West Side Story, the original A Chorus Line, the revival of Chicago, and many others.  RCA Red Seal, Sony Classical, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Masterworks Broadway and Masterworks Jazz are labels of SONY BMG Masterworks.  For e-mail updates and information regarding RCA Red Seal, Sony Classical, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Masterworks Broadway and Masterworks Jazz artists, promotions, tours and repertoire, please visit www.sonybmgmasterworks.com.

For more information, please visit www.playbillrecords.com, www.sonybmgmasterworks.comand www.bettybuckley.com

Quintessence podcast interviews with Betty Buckley available on Playbill.com, masterworksbroadway.com and iTunes.