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Title: Fran Landesman
Post by Pete Atkin on Today at 11:04
What with all the overwhelming events this weekend, I don't think the news has yet hit the wires that Fran Landesman died yesterday.  Simon Wallace, who'll feel her loss particularly, called to tell me.  He said she had done a gig on Thursday, and that they'd had one of their regular working sessions together on Friday.   Way to go, Fran.

Title: Re: Fran Landesman
Post by S J Birkill on 03.08.11 at 00:09
In his latest newsletter, Pete writes:

She and Simon had written an enviable and admirable collection of songs over recent years. I had the pleasure of demo-ing one or two of them, as a result of which Fran asserted that I was her favourite singer.

Hear Pete singing "A Magician's Confession" on Simon Wallace's MySpace page, here (http://www.myspace.com/ukroots/music/songs/a-magician-s-confession-23181903).

Title: Re: Fran Landesman
Post by andyw on 05.08.11 at 17:26
On Last Word this week:


Fran Landesman, jazz lyricist, poet, bohemian whose wild life made her at least as famous as did her art.

Last item, near to the end of the half-hour:

[url][url] http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012x12t/Last_Word_05_08_2011/

Title: Re: Fran Landesman
Post by Jan on 12.08.11 at 20:30
Obituary in the Guardian today:

Title: Re: Fran Landesman
Post by Kevin Cryan on 10.12.12 at 22:41
I'd like to think that she'd be really chuffed with A Ghost In Every Bar (The Lyrics of Fran Landesman) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ghost-Every-Lyrics-Fran-Landesman/dp/B008ODJPZ6/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk_alt) by Ian Shaw.

Kevin Cryan


PROPERMUSIC (http://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Ian-Shaw-A-Ghost-In-Every-Bar-137467)

A Ghost in Every Bar, The Lyrics of Fran Landesman features Shaw accompanied by the composer of 12 of the tracks in this 15 song collection, Simon Wallace. Four of these songs from the enduring Landesman/Wallace partnership have never been released before. Landesman who died in July 2011 is quoted as saying that Shaw's interpretation of the famous and much covered "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", written with Tommy Wolf, was her favourite and Shaw gives a definitive rendering of this song on this collection. "Small Day Tomorrow" which Landesman wrote with Bob Dorough is also included adding further texture to the album.

The CD closes with the other classic song from the Landesman/Wolf collaboration, the haunting "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", which is enhanced by the addition of flugelhorn (Sue Richardson). The collection is otherwise entirely voice and piano with Shaw accompanying himself on "Only Why No More", "Killing Time" and "Nothing Lasts Forever" making these particularly intimate tracks. Shaw has recorded single tracks with Landesman lyrics on six albums in his back catalogue, but this album fulfils a promise he made to her to devote an entire album to her songs. The album was engineered and produced by Neal Richardson

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