Live In Montreux

April 9, 2002 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 28, 2002
  • Release Date: March 28, 2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 1:17:10
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  • ASIN: B000SZDM4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,222 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Great vocal range and articulation.
Elijah Roberts
In fact, I really do like all of them and do recommend this CD.
"leondelsol"
Rachelle is simply one of the best.
Samuel L. Williams

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karl Miller on April 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Fans of Rachelle Ferrell know how enjoyable her live shows can be. A little sassy, a little smooth, hers is a talent born for the stage, which is porbably one reason that her name, while big in jazz circles, hasn't quite reached the echelon of Cassandra Wilson or Diana Krall. "Live In Montreaux" covers a lot of ground in making up for that.
This disc actually features pieces of two shows, one from 91 and one from 97, each featuring different musicians. 9 of the songs are from the '91 Montreaux show that is legendary amongst RF's fans (as well as jazz critics), when she played with a trio of Philly boys and wowed the crowd.
The best tune on the disc is a Rachelle original, "I'm Special" which features George Duke. The tune bounces, both by the propulsion of Rachelle's incredible voice and some great keyboard and percussion work. Ms. Ferrell's voice on this tune is in excellent form, and the bliss in her voice while singing this tune carries well to CD.
Rachelle chose her covers very wisely, particulary in taking on "My Funny Valentine". While this tune has been covered to death, there is a torch quality to Rachelle's version that gives the song a real sense of freshness. "You Don't Know What Love Is" is also gorgeous, and compares very well to the Cassandra Wilson version on "New Moon Daughter".
Other highlights - "I Can Explain", "With Every Breath I Take".
Anyone who is a Rachelle fan probably pre-ordered this album, knowing how enjoyable her voice is live (NOTE - this recording translates well from performance to CD, something rare in many jazz circles given the subtleness and complexity of orchestration). For the uninitiated, this is a great starting point for turning on to one of the most vibrant, yet underappreciated singers of our day.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on April 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Aight, it's an hour later. I've had time to recover. I'm sitting here munchin' on a jam sandwich in amazement at the beauty of Rachelle's craft. Rachelle, I salute you for your endurance, bravery, innovation, and experimentation which characterize your work and make you one of the most beautiful artists our planet has known. That said, this cd is the bomb! Rachelle breathes life into each song making them wholely hers, claiming them whether she wrote them or not. She makes music and personifies Spirit in a way to be remembered forever.
She swings the bejeezus outta 'You Send Me'. She seems completely comfortable and at home amongst the Eddie Green Trio but I guess they'd had a year or two's practice together by then.
On 'You Don't Know What Love Is' she simmers with the spirit of unrequited love. She kills it.
'Don't Waste Your Time' is filled with the vocal percussion, etc. that shows once again her dedication to discovering her potential.
She then blesses us with the live interpretation of her version of 'My Funny Valentine'. I woulda paid [money] just to hear the last "daAaaAAaaaaayyyyy!" she hits.
Easily one of her most powerful, evocative songs of all, 'I Can Explain' captivated audiences even as early as 1991. The fact that it is still so widely admired and requested is a testament to the power and sheer beauty of this song. This early version shows its primal magnificence way before it was ever recorded for Individuality.
George Duke comes out and spreads a little magic over 'I'm Special'. "I'm special in your life!" Ain't that the truth?
With 'Bye-Bye Blackbird' Rachelle keeps the powerful atmosphere going, effortlessly (seemingly so... but we know she's worked so hard) beautiful and entrancing.
The live version of 'Prayer Dance' is a treat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Tacang on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Stating the obvious, her range is unbelievable. Her improvisational skills are nearly unmatched. But what impresses me most about Rachelle Ferrell is her ability to sing pure emotion. In that sense, I can think of no other singer that can do what she does. Whether she's expressing anguish, joy, despair, or tenderness, the listener is immediately transported to the place where that emotion resides. Her ability to take the listener to that place earns her the listener's implicit trust--we know, through a kindrid-spirit kind of connection, that she's "been there." And she reminds us that we've been there too. It's from that safe, common place that we're able to appreciate the technical prowess with which she transforms unformed feeling into sound.
And the best part is; she doesn't even needs words to do it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo Alfonzo on April 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you like the human voice and all it can achieve, you cannot but stand in awe after listening to this record, which shows what this woman can do with that instrument that is her voice. WOW !!! In this recording of a 1991 live concert at Montreux Jazz Festival, to which she was invited as some sort of back voice to artists of great and well deserved fame (Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan and others), she must have certainly stolen the show after her demonstration of vocal prowess & ability.

It is not only that she could really convey all the sentiment that the lyrics intended to... it will be the sheer power of her voice what will blow your senses off. Though sometimes her interpretations might resemble the effect of vocal fireworks, she does not overshadow either the spirit or the melody of the song being sung, which is a fortunate achievement, to say the least.

While nearly all of the songs in that CD are real treasures, in my opinion, the highlights of the whole CD are three songs, tracks 5 ("My Funny Valentine"), track 6 ("I Can Explain") & track 7 ("I'm Special")... and you may add "Me voila seul", a song written by Charles Aznavour which she sang as beautifully as it may get.

I'll bet you will feel all the electricity, all the exhilaration that such crowd felt back then, when she finished singing "I Can Explain", a dark, deep, extraordinarily heartfelt song of her own, which she not just only sang beautifully but also playfully where most singers simply would have given up, after reaching the highest note possible...

Hats off to her & her god-given talent !!!!... I simply wish I had been there then... ;-)
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