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In A Sentimental Mood

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In A Sentimental Mood by Dr. John

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Mac Rebennack's long commercial drought finally ended in the late '80s with In a Sentimental Mood, an album of pop standards bearing almost no connection to New Orleans R&B roots. His album-opening duet with Rickie Lee Jones, "Making' Whoopee," was a big hit after it was included on the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack, and it's easy to understand why Harry Connick Jr. fans who'd bought When Harry Met Sally were seduced by this coy come-on. Still, it's odd to hear Rebennack's scruffy baritone in service to such lush, sweeping orchestration (and to hear him sing a line like "I've got a sweet tooth for your sweet heart"). The Doctor does lend a nice bluesy feel to a Satchmo favorite, "My Buddy," and to Charles Brown's classic, "Black Night," and his version of "More Than You Know" is a small miracle of understatement. --Keith Moerer

1. Makin' Whoopee!
2. Candy
3. Accentuate The Positive
4. My Buddy
5. In A Sentimental Mood
6. Black Night
7. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
8. Love For Sale
9. More Than You Know

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: April 25, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on October 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In his liner notes, Dr. John dedicated "In A Sentimental Mood" to Ray Charles and Charles Brown, two masters of urbane piano blues who gave standards their soulful stamp (helping form New Orleans-style rock and roll in the process).
Nicely mixing Great American Songbook authors (Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington) with modern, even classic jazzmen (Marcus Miller, Harvey Mason, arranger Marty Paich and even Charles' saxman David Newman) allows Dr. John to give classic songs a coarse New Orleans treatment in what might be considered an early entry among pop standards collections revived in the 1990s (Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, even Sinatra's "Duets" sets).
"Sentimental Mood" draws on John's gruff vocals and sly humor, updating the style that made fellow New Orleans jazzman Louis Armstrong a belatedly beloved jazz balladeer. Despite tucking his rollicking piano rolls under producer Tommy LiPuma's trademark soft strigs, John salutes Dave Bartolomew and Fats Domino beside Cole Porter on "Love For Sale" (also quoting Pagliacci and Lalo Schifrin). He gives rock n' roll kick to "Accentuate The Positive" (which became the theme for the short-lived series "Homefront.") His smoky "Candy" gives Ray Charles-esque personal treatment to what had been a showy stylistic exercise. The same can't be said for "Makin' Whoopie," John's duet with Rickie Lee Jones that subdues the naughty plays on words in Eddie Cantor's original and Charles' live cover.
Despite Dr. John's fine voice and piano work here, "In A Sentimental Mood" is supplemental for fans of the singer or standards generally. While this was a nice comeback and pointed out new directions for the singer, Dr. John's one-disc "Best Of Dr. John" and "Gumbo" on Atlantic, or his 2CD "Mos Scocious" Rhino anthology speak more to his showmanship and influence.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Evans on May 4, 2000
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This may not be New Orleans but oh when I discovered it I played it endlessly. Old standards and Dr. John's smoothness. Great songs by some of my favorites, especially Sammy Cahn and Jerome Kern. When you have a good thing why mess with it. Cahn and Kern and Hoagy Carmichael don't need updating or re-arranging. Dr. John treated them just right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Vale-Allen VINE VOICE on September 14, 2002
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Some of the tracks on this CD are singularly special. "Makin' Whoopee" featuring Rickie Lee Jones is an absolute treat, a very nice pairing. "My Buddy" is just achingly good, as is "More Than You Know." There are some fine musical performances, notably the sax solo by Joel Peskin--edgy and cool. The charts are altogether mellow and Dr. John's gruffly appealing voice is a perfect compliment to his fluid piano playing. These are true "oldies but goodies" -- songs by Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. Classic songs by the classic Dr. John.
Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on October 26, 2005
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DR. JOHN-IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD: There are two kinds of all-covers albums saturating that have been overstuffed the market for eons now. You have those pumped out by run of the mill artists who are content in merely copying the classics note for note without bringing one new thought to the party. Then there are those joyously rendered rare prizes like IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD, a sassy dose of "after dark" RNB/jazz/soul as only New Orlean's own groove-ologist DR. JOHN can administer it. Like RAY CHARLES, JOE COCKER and damned few others, the mighty MAC REBANNAC (who sounds mighty funky just clearing his throat) can tackle practically any standard and effortlessly own it ouright. His sly, steamy duet with RICKIE LEE JONES on MAKIN' WHOOPEE is the perfect intertwining of two of modern music's most intriguing, eclectic talents, and the ivory tinkler's breezy renderings of DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING and ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE are sleepy slices of pure laid back nirvana. No matter what kind of mood you may find yourself in, this doctor's got your prescription.

RATING: FOUR BLACK KEYS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Cooke on March 8, 2007
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I was staying at a tiny bed and breakfast in Cape Town when I heard this CD. I asked who it was and the owner said - oh my father-in-law loves him and so does my husband - as if that was answer enough and handed me the cover. I wrote it down and the very first time I got near a computer ordered it and several other Dr John's from Amazon. I have played it over and over since, straight repeat or shuffle. It is a lovely listenable delightful rendering of some great songs. The man's voice is magic - I am no expert but I know what I like and I love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JONNY-1 NYC on April 26, 2010
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These standards are treated uniquely by Dr. John and when you play this CD, you'll repeat them again and again. Classics like "Makin' Whoopie", with Rickie Lee Jones and "Candy" and "My Buddy" show the versitility of Mac Rebbenick at his best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick. Biedermann on January 1, 2012
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This is Dr John at his best! I would highly recommend this cd to anyone who is a fan or who is a marginal fan. Played this for my older sister and it is now one of her all time favorite cds!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Clar on July 4, 2013
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The song "My Buddy" has deep personal meaning to me. The main reason for the purchase. Dr John's style is unique.
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