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Lorraine Feather was born in Manhattan. Her parents named her Billie Jane Lee Lorraine after godmother Billie Holiday, her mother Jane (formerly a big band singer), her mother's ex-roommate Peggy Lee, and the song "Sweet Lorraine." She is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather.

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • ASIN: B0015NQBLI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Language is a work of love by Lorraine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Betty Joos on May 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard Ms. Feather on NPR and also heard renditions of some of the songs on this album. As a lover of jazz, I found her vocalizations not only musically enjoyable, but I could understand and appreciate the lyrics as well. And you can get a lift and a laugh from most of them. Even if you have played the album numerous times and are no longer listening to the lyrics, the jazz musicians accompanying her provide a very satisfying jazz mood.

All in all, I'm glad I "discovered" Ms. Feather. Thanks, NPR (and Amazon for always making my shopping easier).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on April 17, 2008
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Hitherto, Lorraine Feather has been known as the ultra-witty lyricist and vastly underrated jazz singer who has brought modern vocalese sensibilities to chestnuts of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. And, in that regard, "Such Sweet Thunder" and "New York City Drag," respectively, are two of my favorite c.d.'s of this decade.

But the day of reckoning is here. There is only so long an artist can do that sort of thing. For one, getting the copyright permission from the estates of such jazz giants, so that such vocalese productions may be possible, is a pain in the rear. But more importantly, for two, an artist has to grow and not be pigeon-holed.

So, in that spirit this newest Lorraine Feather c.d. consists of music by people such as the accomplished pianist here, Shelly Berg, that is jazzy and sounds similar to the giants above-named (in fact, "A Household Name" and "Making It Up As We Go Along" sound like they could have been lifted from "Drag"), but consist of sharply-drawn observations of modern-day life.

We have here observations of: how a.m. radio has become the chronicler of modern urban daily angst ("Traffic and Weather"); a society rife with sports cliches ("Hit the Ground Runnin'"); the young star-wannabe who must resort to the scut work of waitressing while awaiting her dream of "superstardom" ("Waiting Tables"); annoying corporate programmed telephone messages ("We Appreciate Your Patience" - why do corporations or governments tell you to go their websites, when you're on the damned phone, anyway?!), modern societal angst in general ("Very Unbecoming" - reminiscent of Woody Allen's worry that "the universe is expanding"!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail F. Roberts on July 10, 2008
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We heard an interview with Lorraine Feather on NPR and were intrigued by her concept and talent. I bought the CD for my husband for Father's Day and he plays it at work, in the car, on the computer at home. She's an awesome voice, coupled with a talented songwriter and a witty and intelligent blending of humor and soul. This is a must have for fans of jazz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill Bikowski on July 12, 2008
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This CD is clever and beautifully done. The artist has an amazing voice and the lyrics are so cleverly crafted that you hear something new each time you listen. I laughed out loud at times. I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Kroner on June 16, 2008
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I can add no more to the positive comments already posted regarding Lorraine's alternately witty and poignant lyrics, excellent phrasing, wonderful diction (this should go without saying but there are many out there who lack it), and her right-on phrasing and pitch. But let me say a word about the instrumental backing provided by Shelly Berg and others -- the lyrics fit the melody so well, but the music could stand by itself. For many reasons, this CD is the best one yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Urtel on August 27, 2008
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Language is a work of love by Lorraine. You can feel it through the speakers, warm and loving. And it's just not her heart you hear, but a suburb recording. That adds to the emotional impact as well. Audiophiles, wake up and load this disk! The great Bernie Grundman himself did the mastering. I love the redo of Where Are My Keys and Very Unbecoming, they are really different but very good. I have Five. Everything should not be the "same as it ever was", variety is what life is all about. It's good for you.

This body of music will please anybody who ever enjoyed (LOVED) the Full Swing discs. Check it.

Thank you Ms Plumetune and Sir Tony Clock-a-lot! Keep trying so hard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Moy Ortiz on August 4, 2008
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Bravo Lorraine Feather and congratulations on another outstanding album. Not only does this album display your intelligence, wit and humor, but more importantly - it shows your heart and your vulnerability.

"I love New York at Christmas" is my favorite track here.. . . Utterly heartbreaking. Each song is a mini movie with very clear and specific images. Somehow, i am not surprised at the level of musicianship of Miss Feather but clearly she has once again raised the bar for herself! Bravo and continued success.

Forever your fan. Moy Ortiz (Manila, Philippines)
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