Susan and Denny Berthiaume

Love on Track - Ballads & Beyond

Flying Rabbit Productions

Susan Berthiaume, lead vocals; Denny Berthiaume, piano, DX7 and synclavier; Seward McCain and Frank Tusa, bass; Scott Morris and Vince Lateano, drums; Noel Jewkes and Ron Stallings, saxes; Noel Jewkes and Andy Strasmich, flutes; Russell Walder, oboe; Dave Bendigkeit, Steve Campos, Warren Gale, Don Gorder and Mike Vax, fluegelhorn and trumpets; Michael Spiro, percussion; Ricardo Peixoto, guitar; John Rae and Eric Von Bachau, vibes; Linda Tillery, Lynn Ray and Jeannette Sartain, backup vocals

Pianist Denny Berthiaume has been an institution in and around the Bay Area for well over 30 years. On this release, he partners with former wife and "friends for life" vocalist Susan Berthiaume. Here Susan lends her sterling voice to such classics as My Funny Valentine, The Very Thought of You, and Lover Come Back to Me. The CD highlights Denny's skill as a fine accompanist and arranger. A cast of solid Bay Area musicians ably supports the pair.

The CD has been in the works since 1989 and is a tender ode to love and family. As Susan tells it, "I love the story song. So here are some of my stories in the words and music that thrill my heart and move my spirit. Keep love on track. It always arrives."

by Linda Goshay