Saturday, December 27, 2008

La Tanya Hall - It's About Time

Tired of "modern" jazz that stays away from the tune for hours on end and gives you that tedious edgy feeling that harkens you back to the days of Brian Eno and a-tonal experimentation? Then you're going to have your lungs refilled with something fresh a la:

Hoagy Carmichael: The Nearness of You
George Gershwin: Summertime
Cole Porter: It's All Right With Me
Sergio Mendes: Like a Lover
Nat King Cole: Straighten Up and Fly Right
Hoagy Carmichael: Skylark
Vincent Youmans: (It's Gonna Be A) Great Day
Duke Ellington: I Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good)
Toots Thielemanns: Bluesette
Gene de Paul: You Don't Know What Love Is
Álvaro Carrillo: Sabor a Mi
Jerome Moross: A Lazy Afternoon

La Tanya Hall belts out with a voice as beautiful as her CD cover, with music arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo. "Skylark" is a beauty in the mold of a crooning orchestra version that brings back Nat King Cole and even the lush loveliness of Christmas albums bent on making your humdrum life forget the bang of the drum and give you something to hum again.

Always a welcome addition, these Bridge Records. Let's hope Hall's current release isn't the only one in their future catalog, because there needs to be more music like this in the world. Even the sad tracks are hopeful ones.

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