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Trav'lin' Light

Queen LatifahAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000S9JS4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Grammyr award-winning recording artist, Queen Latifah, debuts on Verve Records with her new album Trav'lin' Light. On this jazz and R&B influenced album from legendary producers Tommy LiPuma and Ron Fair,Queen Latifah delivers sultry yet powerful performances on a hand-picked mix of familiar classics and forgotten jewels.

With Trav'lin' Light, singer/actress/rapper/Cover Girl Queen Latifah (née Dana Owens) continues her chameleonic pan-stardom. The latest musical chapter in Latifah's success-studded career began with 2004's The Dana Owens Album, on which she emerged as a nuanced crooner of jazz and R&B standards. She continues this mode on her Verve records debut, adding ample individuality to such well-loved classics as Johnny Mercer's title track, Nina Simone's "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl," and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" (with legendary harmonica pioneer Toots Thielemans). Steve Wonder's own harmonica playing lends nostalgic ornament to an otherwise rather forced "Georgia Rose," and much of the album languishes in similarly downbeat fare, though Latifah's voice is never wholly unbecoming of her song choices. Toward the album's end comes a welcome swerve for the energetic. Inspiring takes on the Pointer Sisters' "How Long" and Curtis Mayfield's "Gone Away" lead into the soaring choruses of "I Know Where I've Been." Taken together, these three songs superbly straddle the spectrum from the former rapper to the still-newly minted singer with a long lease on success and a peerless sense of how to grow older gracefully. --Jason Kirk

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous CD! September 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For those of us who missed "Dana Owens" -- don't fret -- we'll just add it to our collection later. As all of us Pisceans know, we rarely do anything in moderation, and Queen Latifah makes this fellow Piscean proud! "Trav'lin Light" kicks butt from the beginning -- Ms. Latifah's rendition of "Poetry Man" is awesome! I'm old enough to remember liking the song as a teen, but Queen Latifah injects the "Soul" component as Phoebe Snow could never do. And, I won't even talk about her cover of Smokey Robinson's "What Love Has Joined Together" -- she oughta quit! As if that wasn't enough, "I'm Not In Love" is so soulful and sultry, it makes me WISH I loved a man that much -- even if he's breaking my heart! "Gone Away?" Donny, I know you're smiling wherever you are. The creme de la creme is "I Know Where I've Been." I don't attend church, but I assure you, this cut will make you say TAKE ME TO CHURCH and let me get my praise on!!!

So, please do yourself a favor and add Trav'lin Light to your collection. I'm a die-hard R&B, Jazz, Reggae lover, and this CD does not disappoint -- even for those of us born in the 1950s!

Dana Owens - aka Queen Latifah -- darling, you've got it going on, and I love you much. I didn't know you could SANG. Billie Holiday -- move over, there's a new legend in town!
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUEEN LATIFAH'S SINGING SPECTACULAR September 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Five WONDERFUL Stars. Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated triple-threat star Queen Latifah once again demonstrates that she is a wonderful, dramatic singer in this spectacular set entitled "Trav'lin' Light". This is a marvelous extention of the music of her previous CD recorded under her birth name: the Grammy-nominated The Dana Owens Album. It also shows very intelligent and eclectic song selection that goes from jazz to blues to soul to bossa nova to Broadway, showing a wide-ranging vocal capability. Using great musical arrangements, a huge orchestra, and a hip vocal chorus, the Queen DELIVERS!! BIGTIME!! (BTW selections from both CD's were performed by Ms Latifah in front of a wildly enthusiastic, sold-out audience at the Hollywood Bowl.) She demonstrates flawless time, swing, and delivery in impressively selling each song with a soulful flair.

The best performances begin with a heartfelt version of Smokey Robinson's "What Love Has Joined Together" with a hot arrangement and the Queen delivering a sincere, touching performance and it went straight to my iPod. "Poetry Man" is so good, it may give you chills. She sings dynamic versions of two rarely performed songs: Roberta Flack's beautiful "Gone Away" and 10cc's "I'm Not In Love". From Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" (Corcovado) to "Georgia Rose" (with Stevie Wonder's soaring harmonica) to a salutary "I Know Where I've Been" from her own role in the movie version of the Broadway show "Hairspray", Queen Latifah has an attractive, dramatic way with a song that deepens with each listen. Let's hope she continues to deliver these types of vocal performances, while she pursues the other highly successful elements of her career. This CD gets My Highest Recommendation!! All Hail the Queen!: Five ENJOYABLE Stars!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo to the Queen September 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Knowing that she was heading in this direction, the Dana Owens made an impressive start, with this cd - she rolls with it completely. Just buy the CD - I won't bother with the song by song description, let's just say that she has fine-tuned her inner Patti Austin and is running with it completely - there is not a missed beat on this cd - and from start to finish, you will find yourself loving the Queen more and more and can see that she is quite comfortably settling into her mature jazz voice with this collection of songs - can't wait to see her live on tour with this cd later this will only add to the pleasure of hearing this woman find a new musical home! All Hail the Queen indeed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great singing album June 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Queen Latifah fails to dissapoint. There is nothing she can't do. She can rap, She can act, and she can SANG! With Trav'Lin Light, She takes on classic songs originally done by Phoebe Snow, The Pointer Sisters, 10cc, Billie Holiday, just to name a few and adds her own, new fresh spin to them. What bothers me is that when it comes to her singing, she does strictly covers which makes me wonder if it's easier for her to write rap lyrics than it is to write jazz, R&B and easy listening lyrics. I think more original non-rap songs would be nice. Adding "I know where I've Been" from Hairspray was a great way to close the album. The voice this woman has makes me wonder why she started out doing rap music in the first place

My Top 5 tracks
1. I'M not in love (Originally by 10cc)
2. Poetry Man (Originally by Phoebe Snow)
3. I know where I've Been
4. I'm Gonna Live Till I Die
5. Tie - Every Woman is A Queen (Wal-Mart Bonus Track and an original song by QL) & Trav'lin Light
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Regal Queen December 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
So, the best times to listen to this wonderful CD are:

1) Home from a long day of work, and need to unwind

2) Traveling on a long stretch of highway under the light of a blue moon

3) A romantic, candlelit dinner with your sweetie

Queen's amazing voice is velvety, passionate, and elegant. This CD encaptures all the best of this amazing woman's talent. Buy it now, and bask in her grace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by MsCinda2U
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Can't wait for her next jazz recording
Fantastic! Can't wait for her next jazz recording!
Published 1 month ago by WaveRider4Jesus
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not my kind of music.
Published 2 months ago by ANYSIA MATURINE
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite song on this one is her rendition of the ...
Another treat for the ears, following her previous album "The Dana Owens Album". My favorite song on this one is her rendition of the 10cc hit "I'm Not In Love".
Published 3 months ago by EuroFan
2.0 out of 5 stars CD
My girlfriend loves the tune what love has brought together is has become our theme song. Have not listen to the rest of the cd unfortunately.
Published 4 months ago by jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful
When I first heard this cd I could not believe it. This is one of my favorite I heard it on a radio station and I could not believe it was
Queen Latifah if you like jazz this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ronnie
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD and well worth the listen!
The mix of songs just highlight her wonderful range, and one can listen to it again and again without getting bored, or feeling that the songs are all the same. Read more
Published 11 months ago by cr
5.0 out of 5 stars Travlin
Do not resend this survey. I have posted it already. It is an excellent cd. I like it and I have told many people about it. Good job queen latifah, great singing.
Published 12 months ago by chippy
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, very good ,love queen anything, would recomend, I buy all...
very good, very good ,love queen anything, would recomend, I buy all of her items, cant get enough songs or movies
Published 12 months ago by carita smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I was trying to find a remix of some of her songs and couldn't find it so I tried ordering this CD. I had heard of her remixes at a wedding and I liked it very much. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gloria Felipe
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Queen Latifah Rules!!!!
I love QL. Her "Dana Owens Album" Was so great. But something always puzzled me. She obviously had the singing talent but what took her so long to do an all singing album. She showed off her singing talents in a lot of her rap song such as the choruses to "Just Another Day..."... Read More
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