“Davis proves to be an extraordinarily versatile composer. The pieces I'd
heard previously (an early song, "Greenwich Time," and the breathtaking "I
Dream a World") showed him at his most intimate and lyrical — I was
reminded of Vernon Duke. This new program shows him as a vibrant theater
composer — highly charged, funny, often bizarre. Davis has been drawn to
very odd subject matter for his scores, which may account for why his
brilliant material is not better known. This new collection should go a
long way toward remedying that.”
Howard Kissel (from the liner notes)
“One of the best CD's of 2010. This 'emerging composer' is quite a talent. After listening to the CD three times, I want to hear ten of the tracks repeatedly. That's a remarkably high percentage. ”
Steven Suskin, Playbill.com
“I've had my ear on talented Mr. Davis for some time. The album is rich with rewards of arresting music (with originality and satisfying surprises in snatches and long lines, in accompaniment from a dream-come-true orchestra with a large string section and sensitivity in large measure). The songs don't, as sometimes happens with newer material, need to grow on a listener because they have immediacy and clarity, especially as delivered so expertly here.”
Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway
Love on a Summer Afternoon Songs of Sam Davis
As a conductor, arranger and pianist, Sam Davis is no stranger to Broadway – nor to PS Classics, where his talents have been highlighted on such diverse discs as Philip Chaffin’s When the Wind Blows South and the label’s acclaimed restoration of Kitty’s Kisses.
As a composer, he supplied the bewitching title track for Rebecca Luker’s 2009 disc, Greenwich Time. Now, Sam's prodigious compositional skills are celebrated with an entire collection of his songs, LOVE ON A SUMMER AFTERNOON. An elegant, classic melodist in the tradition of Kern and Rodgers, Sam evokes a wistful, elegiac yearning through his music: a romantic ambivalence that informs not only rueful, soaring ballads like "Goodbye to Boston," "Greenwich Time" and the title track, but also more playful items such as "Love Is a Chance You Take," "Old Blue Sweater" and "Invested in You."
The best Broadway vocalists have been showcasing Sam's songs for a decade, on stage and in cabaret; now, a cast of theatrical all-stars – Christian Anderson, Michael Arden, Tituss Burgess, Danny
Burstein, Philip Chaffin, Kevin Chamberlin, Will Chase, Gavin Creel,
Jason Danieley, Malcolm Gets, Edward Hibbert, Aaron Lazar, Michael
McElroy, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Sieber, Jim Stanek, Bobby
Steggert and Will Swenson – have come together to debut his songs on disc.