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Jazz [Import]

Cleo LaineAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Collection
  • ASIN: B001DSNFN2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
2. My One and Only Love
3. Walking Shoes
4. I Told You So
5. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
6. Won't You Tell Me Why
7. Bluesette
8. Midnight Sun
9. Oh, Lady Be Good
10. St. Louis Blues
11. A Child Is Born
12. You Can Always Count on Me

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Here Cleo Laine shares the stage and the recording studio with great jazz musicians, including Gerry Mulligan. Tracks range from slow, moody, and melancholy tunes, such as "My One and Only Love" and "Won't You Tell Me Why," to exciting, upbeat, jazzy numbers, such as "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'," "It Don't Mean a Thing," "St Louis Blues," and "You Can Always Count on Me." Laine and the musicians concentrate here on the total effect, giving new interpretations and presenting wonderfully coordinated arrangements.

With her strong alto voice, Laine ranges to the heights when the mood strikes, frequently so in sync with the sax (by Gerry Mulligan, Jane Ira Bloom, or Laine's husband and producer, John Dankworth) that one has to listen carefully to hear the voice within the timbre of the solo instrument. Unusually long tracks, about 5 minutes, on average, give Laine and the instrumentalists ample opportunity for solos and star turns. With Mulligan, Clark Terry on trumpet, Toots Thielemans on jazz harmonica, Mark Whifield on guitar, and Jane Ira Bloom on soprano sax, Laine directs traffic in the solos, taking advantage of the varied skills which these outstanding artists bring to this jazz collection.

The CD starts with generally slower, more contemplative songs, working through swingy numbers to wild and wailing jazz, with improvisations. In "It Don't Mean a Thing," with Larry Koonse on guitar, John Campbell on piano, and Jim Zimmerman on drums, Laine and the instrumentalists go wild with the rhythm and spirit of the song. "Bluesette," with its wonderful jazz harmonica solo by Toots Thielemans, and Mike Renzi on piano, is upbeat and jazzy, with improvised vocals and a strong, wonderfully coordinated beat.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT DON'T MEAN A THING !!! October 5, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Listen to the Lady Sing Jazz. Dame Cleo Laine and husband John Danworth SWING !!!! It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing and these two really have it. Buy this album and hear Cleo hit that HIGH NOTE !!! I don't think you'll be disappointed if you love ol' time jazz !!! Cleo and John can be reached at
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better than this! May 15, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is my "desert island" jazz pick-- the album that turned me into a Cleo Laine fan. This album has songs that are significant to many-- one that I enjoy listening to (I starting listening to it when I was 15) and that my 70 yr old grandparents enjoy just as much.
I lost this album in a move, and I am so excited to get it again. Definetly a classic jazz album, Cleo returns to her original jazz roots. Whereas I skip many tracks on other albums, I love each and every track on this album.
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