Barbershop Chorus Champions 2001
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Directed by Jay Giallombardo
Northbrook, IL's 95-strong NTC, founded in 1982 as a performance and competition chorus and the intention of becoming one of the best men's choruses in the world, reached that goal in 2001, when, after 8 years of second place medals, they won the coveted gold. Director and arranger Jay Giallombardo, who was a charter member of the group and a member of SPEBSQSA since 1968, has made his devotion to musical quality a guiding light for New Tradition since its inception. That smooth, powerful quality is clear on all of 'Sentimental's' 13 classic cuts: 'Big Band Days,' 'Tuxedo Junction,' 'Taking a Chance on Love,' 'Skylark,' 'Everything Old Is New Again,' 'Do Nothin' 'Till You Hear from Me,' 'You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby,' 'Java Jive,' a stunning 'The White Cliffs of Dover' (recorded live at the 2001 SPEBSQSA Chorus Finals), a marvelous 'Gershwin Medley,' 'Imagination,' the lovely title tune, and a live bonus track, 'dedicated to the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.' 'Sentimental' is a nostalgic treat from start to finish by one of the best choruses on the planet.