The Slow Drag

Original London Cast

The Slow Drag, Original London Cast
CDJAY 1287 / CDTER 1249

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A Jazz Musical

Carson Kreitzer

Kim Criswell

Liza Sadovy
Christopher Colquhoun

The Slow Drag, an Off-Broadway musical by Carson Kreitzer opened to sell out performances in a fringe theatre in London on February 14 1997. It transferred to the West End of London on October 27 1997.

This unusual Jazz Musical based on real life contains some of the most popular songs of the forties, such as BLUES IN THE NIGHT, THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, HONEYSUCKLE ROSE, BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH, TOO LATE NOW, BUT BEAUTIFUL. MORE THAN YOU KNOW, EVERYBODY LOVES MY BABY and other.

The singing sensation, Kim Criswell stars as June Wedding, the wife of Saxophonist Johnny Christmas whom only after his death was discovered to be a woman.

The other stars include West End’s Liza Sadovy and Christopher Colquhoun. They are accompanied by a quintet of some of the finest jazz musicians currently on the circuit.

Included as bonus tracks are five songs in the same arrangements sung by Kim Criswell. They are YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY FROM ST.LOUIS, MY FOOLISH HEART, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW/I WISH I DIDN’T LOVE YOU SO, BLUE MOON and BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London over four nights each night starting at 12.00 am to capture the flavour.

CD 1
  1. C Jam Blues
    James Pearson, Duke Ellington
  2. Everybody Loves My Baby
    Liza Sadovy, Spencer Williams, Jack Palmer
  3. More Than You Know (from Great Day!)
    Kim Criswell, Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu
  4. Why Don't You Do Right?
    Kim Criswell, Joe McCoy
  5. Sweet Melinda
    Christopher Colquhoun, James Pearson, Carson Kreitzer
  6. Blame It On My Youth
    Kim Criswell, Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman
  7. Black And Blue
    Christopher Colquhoun, Thomas Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf
  8. The Way You Look Tonight (from Swing Time)
    Liza Sadovy, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
  9. Blues In The Night (from Blues In The Night)
    Kim Criswell, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
  10. Honeysuckle Rose
    Christopher Colquhoun, Thomas Fats Waller, Andy Razaf
  11. Too Late Now (from Royal Wedding)
    Kim Criswell, Burton Lane, Liza Sadovy, Alan Jay Lerner
  12. But Beautiful (from The Road To Rio)
    Kim Criswell, James Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
  13. You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
    Kim Criswell, John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell
  14. My Foolish Heart (from My Foolish Heart)
    Kim Criswell, Victor Young, Ned Washington
  15. You'll Never Know (from Hello Frisco Hello) / I Wish I Didn't Love You So
    Kim Criswell, Harry Warren, Frank Loesser, Mack Gordon
  16. Blue Moon
    Kim Criswell, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
  17. Baby It's Cold Outside (from Neptune's Daughter)
    Kim Criswell, Liza Sadovy, Frank Loesser