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Donald Byrd Street Lady Product Type Compact Disc Jazz Music Perform

Track Title. 1 Lansana’s Priestess. 2 Miss Kane. 3 Sister Love. 4 Street Lady. 5 Witch Hunt. 6 Woman Of The World. Not so much a fusion album as an attempt at mainstream soul and R&B, Street Lady plays like the soundtrack to a forgotten blaxploitation film. Producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell conceived Street Lady as a concept album to a spirited, independent prostitute, and while the hooker with a heart of gold concept is a little trite, the music uncannily evokes an urban landscape circa the early ’70s. Borrowing heavily from Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, and Sly Stone, Donald Byrd and Mizell have created an album that is overflowing with wah-wah guitars, stuttering electric pianos, percolating percussion, soaring flutes, and charmingly anemic, tuneless vocals. It’s certainly not jazz, or even fusion, but it isn’t really funk or R&B, either — the rhythms aren’t elastic enough, and all of the six songs are simply jazzy vamps without clear hooks. But the appeal of Street Lady is how its polished neo-funk and pseudo-fusion sound uncannily like a jive movie or television soundtrack from the early ’70s — you can picture the Street Lady, decked out in polyester, cruising the streets surrounded by pimps with wide-brimmed hats and platform shoes. And while that may not be ideal for jazz purists, it’s perfect for kitsch and funk fanatics. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.

Dinah Washington Back To The Blues Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1 The Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But A Woman Cryin’ For Her Man. 2 Romance In The Dark. 3 You’ve Been A Good Old Wagon. 4 Let Me Be The First To Know. 5 How Long, How Long Blues. 6 Don’t Come Running Back To Me. 7 It’s A Mean Old Man’s World. 8 Key To The Highway. 9 If I Never Get To Heaven. 10 Duck Before You Drown. 11 No Hard Feelings. 12 Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning. 13 Don’t Say Nothing At All. 14 No One Man. 15 Me And My Gin. Prior to her 1959 hit “What a Difference a Day Makes,” nearly every Dinah Washington recording (no matter what the style) was of interest to jazz listeners. However, after her unexpected success on the pop charts, most of Washington’s sessions for Mercury and Roulette during the last four years of her life were quite commercial, with string arrangements better-suited to country singers and Washington nearly parodying herself with exaggerated gestures. Fortunately, this 1997 CD reissue brings back an exception, a blues-oriented collection that features Washington returning to her roots, backed by a jazz-oriented big band (although with occasional strings and background voices); in addition to the original program, there are previously unreleased versions of “No One Man” and “Me and My Gin.” Eddie Chamblee and Illinois Jacquet have some tenor solos, guitarist Billy Butler is heard from, and the trumpet soloist is probably Joe Newman. In general, this is a more successful date than Dinah Washington’s earlier investigation of Bessie Smith material, since the backup band is more sympathetic and the talented singer is heard in prime form. Dinah Washington clearly had a real feeling for this bluesy material. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.

Artist Cassandra Wilson Silver Pony Jazz Music Product Type Compact

Attributes: Discs:1. Label: Emm/Blue Note ( BNTE ). Product Type: Compact Disc. Catalog : 629752. UPC: 5099962975223. Configuration: D: CD. Yeah, Cassandra Wilson is a jazz singer, but she sa 21st century jazz singer, mixing elements of jazz, pop, rock, Delta blues, and light funk into her performances, expanding what a jazz vocalist can be in a contemporary world with her horn player phrasing, smoky texture, and a voice that has matured into a haunting, sensual alto. She tackles some jazz standards, but she s also adept at taking modern rock and old country-blues songs and finding a way to make them into new jazz standards, fully aware that she s pushing boundaries in a genre that all too often plays it safe these days. Silver Pony is a delight, with a light, shimmering sound that makes each track feel like it s part of a deliberate yet spontaneous fabric. Wilson and her band (Wilson on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion; Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on Silver Moon and John Legend adds vocals and piano on Watch the Sunrise ) recorded live improvisations at European concerts in Warsaw, Seville, and Granada and brought them into the studio to expand and work on with producer John Fischbach, resulting in several new songs, and with a handful of carefully picked songs by writers as diverse as Charley Patton ( Saddle Up My Pony ), Stevie Wonder ( If It s Magic ) and Paul McCartney ( Blackbird ), and with a couple of stone-cold jazz standards (Billie Holiday s Lover Come Back to Me and the traditional Went Down to St. James Infirmary ) to fill in the spaces, Wilson and her band have created a wonderful and almost seamless set of music that explores a lot of territory and yet still keeps its cohesiveness. Steve Leggett, Rovi.

Donald Byrd Stepping Into Tomorrow Product Type Compact Disc Jazz

Track Title. 1 Stepping Into Tomorrow. 2 Design A Nation. 3 We’re Together. 4 Think Twice. 5 Makin’ It. 6 Rock And Roll Again. 7 You Are The World. 8 I Love The Girl. Beginning with a crack of thunder, like it was made to trail Gary Bartz’s “Mother Nature” (actually recorded at a slightly later date), Stepping into Tomorrow contains almost all of the Mizell trademarks within its title track’s first 30 seconds: a soft and easy (yet still funky) electric-bass-and-drums foundation, silken rhythm guitar, organ and piano gently bouncing off one another, light synthesizer shading, and coed group vocals to ensure true liftoff. It’s only one in a line of many magnetic ’70s sessions led by Fonce and Larry Mizell, and it differs from their two previous Donald Byrd dates — the polarizing and groundbreaking Black Byrd and the deceptively excellent Street Lady — by not featuring any of Roger Glenn’s flute, and by focusing on heavily melodic and laid-back arrangements. Even the speedy “You Are the World,” by some distance the most energetic song, seems more suited for relaxing in a hammock than shooting down a freeway. Many of the musicians present on the previous Byrd-Mizell meetings are here, including drummer Harvey Mason, bassist Chuck Rainey, keyboardist Jerry Peters, and guitarist David T. Walker. As ever, those who pined for the approach of Byrd’s ’60s dates would tune out a sublime set of material, but maybe some of those who sniffed at the straightforward nature of some of the rhythms and riffing were won over by the supreme layering of the many components (the way in which “Think Twice” lurches forward, peels back, and gathers steam is nothing short of heavenly), not to mention some deeply evocative playing from Byrd himself. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide.

Rachelle Ferrell Live At Montreux Jazz Music Vocals Product Type

Track Title. 1 Claude Nobs Intro. 2 You Send Me. 3 You Don’t Know What Love Is. 4 Don’t Waste Your Time. 5 My Funny Valentine. 6 I Can Explain. 7 I’m Special. 8 Bye-Bye Blackbird. 9 Prayer Dance. 10 With Every Breath I Take. 11 Me Voila Seul. 12 On Se Reveillera. Although vocalist Rachelle Ferrell is a bizarre singer whose idiosyncratic style is often at odds with her mainstream material, fans of the singer will certainly find much to enjoy on Live at Montreux. The CD collects various performances Ferrell gave at the Swiss music festival from 1991 to 1997. Primarily a jazz singer, Ferrell has also made forays into R&B and often melds the two styles. Prone to showcasing her six-octave range, she often accents songs in odd places, displays myriad vocal stylings in one phrase, and basically over-sings much of the time. Think of her as a combination of Betty Carter and Patti Labelle and you might enjoy yourself. Much of the first set on Live at Montreux features songs off her 1989 debut, First Instrument. Ending that set is “Prayer Dance,” which spotlights Ferrell seemingly mimicking the high, laser tones of a theremin. Special guest pianist George Duke also makes an appearance. ~ Matt Collar, All Music Guide.

Swinging Side Of Bobby Darin Vocals Product Type Compact Disc Domestic

Attributes: Discs:1. Label: Emm/Blue Note ( BNTE ). Product Type: Compact Disc. Catalog : 63882. On Sale: Yes, Sale Ends 30 Sep 2011. UPC: 724386388223. Configuration: D: CD. During the early ’60s, the Capitol Tower had begun to lose its luster as the home of traditional pop. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin had departed for Reprise, which soon became the home of pop with recordings from Sinatra and Martin plus Sammy Davis, Jr. One of Capitol’s counter moves was to sign Atco’s Bobby Darin, who had started as a teen idol but, thanks to his smashes “Mack the Knife” and “Beyond the Sea,” crossed over to adult audiences. Darin boasted additional appeal thanks to his knockout club act and a series of film appearances (five in 1962 alone) that eventually earned him an Academy Award nomination. It seemed like a natural fit. Unfortunately, Darin never filled the shoes of Sinatra or even Martin. As his Atco period displayed, he was much better when he introduced material. Unlike most jazz singers, he wasn’t a standards singer at heart and couldn’t bring anything fresh to his readings of “Fly Me to the Moon,” “All of You,” or “I Got Rhythm.” The Swinging Side of Bobby Darin, released to coincide with the 2004 Darin bio-pic Beyond the Sea, presents a short program of Darin’s jazz sides recorded at Capitol. (Since Darin was even then moving into folk-pop, few of these songs were even released at the time.) Capitol initially paired him with Billy May, an obvious choice for arranger, and the results certainly fit the bill for swinging in the ’60s. Before long, however, Darin had left behind the world of traditional pop, and Capitol never recouped its investment. John Bush, Rovi.

Best Of Bobby Mcferrin Jazz Music Vocals Product Type Compact Disc

Track Title. 1 Don’t Worry, Be Happy. 2 Friends. 3 Thinkin’ About Your Body. 4 Spain. 5 Freedom Is A Voice. 6 Drive My Car. 7 Another Night In Tunisia. 8 Blue Bossa. 9 Turtle Shoes. 10 Good Lovin’. 11 From Me To You. 12 Bang! Zoom. The highlights of vocal acrobat Bobby McFerrin’s eclectic career are featured on this collection, which includes samples of his work with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chick Corea, the Yellowjackets, Manhattan Transfer, and Jon Hendricks. Among the selections are “Spain,” “Blue Bossa,” and the cloying hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi.