[Above: Excerpt from Claus Ogerman's "Symbiosis", in his own manuscript]
INTERVIEW SECTION - Claus Ogerman Impressions
The Work of Claus Ogerman
Interview with Harry Duvall
Harry is a retired vocalist living in California who has recorded with Claus Ogerman.
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Q. Please state your full name
and what instrument(s) you play for our readers, or if you are a
A. Harry Duvall - I am a
vocalist now retired in my native town of Sacramento, CA. Among other
things, I sang baritone with the Four Lads from 1980-95. Recorded
with Sinatra and Don Costa on [the] Cycles album and
[with] Bennett and Costa on If I Ruled the World/Songs For
the Jet Set albums (as part of the Will Bronson Singers.)
Q. What projects/albums did you
participate in which had Claus Ogerman arranging, conducting or
A. The Jerry Ross Symposium.
Some other bossa nova tunes but can't remember [which] album
anymore. I did record at the [Rudy] Van Gelder studios
in NJ and it may be possible that I am indeed on the Stan Getz
Voices album. When a friend of mine played the CD for me, I
think I recognized the very high female voice on the track "I Didn't
Know What Time It Was". I think it could have been Corinna
Manetto - a studio singer [with] whom I worked with
frequently and who also was in The Jerry Ross Symposium.
Q. What were your impressions
of working with Claus Ogerman? How did you find working with him?
A. Claus was a very
professional gentleman and easy to work with - very cool as
jazz people would say.
Q. Do you have a favorite Claus
Ogerman album? If so, which one(s)?
A. Yes, the Sinatra/Jobim album
for which Ogerman arranged and conducted [Francis Albert
Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim]. On a side note, I
like to occasionally sing the songs from that album with the Ogerman
arrangements. Some of them you can purchase as Karaoke tracks and a
few of them eliminate the vocal from the original CD very well. I am
particularly fond of "Change Partners".
Q. Can you tell us anything
further about your experience working with Claus?
A. The song "Brandy" (on The
Jerry Ross Symposium) was a challenge as the background vocal parts
were difficult. But it was a lot of fun and I wonder whatever
happened to the Looking Glass. It seems like he was never heard of
Q. How would you best
characterize Claus Ogerman as a musician?
A. An extremely talented and
tasteful musician. Again, a cool and consummate professional.
Q. What would you like most for
people to know about Claus - not only as a musician but also as a
A. I did not to get interact
much with Claus on a personal basis other than some chatting during
sessions. I always found Claus to be very personable and
Thank you Harry, for doing this
[Webmaster's Note: I would like to thank Stephan Mayer for his interest in this site and for his help and assistance - without which this interview would not have been possible. Also, Harry Duvall's name appears directly in the vocal credits for The Jerry Ross Symposium, Volume II.]
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