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  • Audio CD (April 24, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: April 24, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00009V3KW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blackbird
2. Wait
3. The Night Before
4. Can't Buy Me Love
5. From Me to You
6. Fixing a Hole
7. When I'm 64
8. I'm Looking Through You
9. For No One
10. I Will
11. Oh! Darlin
12. Got to Get You Into My Life
13. Good Day Sunshine

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Let It Be Jazz is jazz vocalist Connie Evingson's most enjoyable work to date. It certainly helps that the source material is the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but her willingness to venture beyond the usual "red album"/"blue album" fare gives some welcome exposure to such gems as "The Night Before" and "For No One" (both gorgeously accompanied by piano). Evingson seems utterly at home, gently swinging "From Me to You" and laying down a funky groove in "Fixing a Hole." Also fun is the playful instrumentation, which includes a sitar for "Blackbird" and a bandoneon for a delicious "When I'm 64" that seems to anticipate a joyous old age filled with tango and romance. --David Horiuchi

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are a number of reasons to buy Let It Be Jazz: Connie Evingson Sings The Beatles and the least of them is that the cd is covers of Beatles songs. In fact, you can forget that these are Beatles tunes and just remember that they are good songs performed well and with originality. Mary Louise Knutson, a fine pianist (just listen to the terrific piano-vocal duet of The Night Before,) has collaborated with Evingson on most of the arrangements which contribute greatly to the success of the cd. Connie sings them all well and sounds like she is having a great time. Her voice is terrific and her phrasing suits each song well. The melding of jazz with pop is done without diminishing either. And if you have a fondness for Beatles tunes, then it's icing on the cake.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Hahn on June 2, 2007
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Ms. Evingson did a fantastic job interpreting Lennon/McCartney material. She took the tunes and turned them into songs wherein we can re-savor the vibe of this great body of work. Does she pay homage to the spirit of Lennon/McCartney? No doubt. But she is not slavish to it, either. She stands on the shoulders of Lennon/McCarntney, and with incredible vision takes the work to a new, unexpected and sweet level. My only complaint? That she hasn't re-interpreted more of the Beatle library!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shell-Zee on January 18, 2008
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Who doesn't love The Beatles? Why you'd have to be some craggy old grump if you don't love the fab-four. Consider this, The Beatles haven't recorded a single piece of music in more than thirty five years and they're still relevant in today's world. The only problem is that we've had to settle for McCartney covers and Beatle tribute albums to get our George-Paul-John & Ringo fix.

And how have these tribute albums fared? I can only speak to the ones I own or have listened to. Come Together, a country collection is simply dreadful. Motown Sings Lennon & McCartney is lots of fun. Marvin Gaye's rendition of Yesterday is nothing short of inspirational and Glayds Knight & The Pips absolutely nail Let It Be. And Stevie Wonder delivers a very infectious We Can Work It Out. Finally there's the soundtrack album of the motion picture I Am Sam. This features several lesser known artists offering a wide range of interpitations of Beatles material, the results are spotty at best, yet overall I find this collection somewhat interesting and quite satisfying.

That brings us to Connie Evingson's Let It Be Jazz. As I was not familiar with Ms Evingson's other albums, I was immediately dreaw in after hearing the opening track Blackbird. What a novel approach using the sitar intro and vocal scat singing...Simply wonderful! On Fixing A Hole she reinvents the tune with a catchy reggeae beat and jazz guitar. When I'm Sixty Four works so well, using accordian accompaniment and an infectious tango beat. Oh Darling becomes a sort of saloon song blues that fits just so well. And For No One is rendered beauitfully as a torch song that gives it a whole new meaning.

Kudos to Ms Evingson for reaching out and adding a new coat of paint to these fine old tunes. I believe this is the best Beatle tribute album yet. Needless to say, she's made me a believer and a big fan. Now I'm on to her Peggy Lee tribute album. Hopefully I'll find it just as rewarding as Let It Be Jazz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Ackerman on June 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I just bought one of the best jazz albums--LET IT BE JAZZ: CONNIE EVINGSON SINGS THE BEATLES...great choice of songs, great instrumentation, great vocals & great interpretations. True to the songs but she sings them great with a jazz twist. Heard samples and had to get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kay Pen on September 5, 2009
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This music is delightful to listen to--she performs these old favorites with a slightly different air that catches your attention. These songs create a relaxing ambience that is well worth the money!
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I'm a huge Beatles fan and Miss Evingson's arrangements do the songs justice. I like singing along, even though I don't have that vocal range.

My jazz duo has even added one of Miss Evingson's arrangements to our reperatoire.
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