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A Woman Alone with the Blues (Remembering Peggy Lee)

Maria Muldaur, Dan HicksAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00008MLSK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fever
2. I Don't Know Enough About You
3. Moments Like This
4. Winter Weather
5. Some Cats Know
6. Everything Is Moving Too Fast
7. Waitin' For The Train To Come In
8. The Freedom Train
9. Black Coffee
10. A Woman Alone With The Blues
11. For Every Man Ther's A Woman
12. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

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From her beginnings in the sixties folk music scene in Boston, Maria Muldaur has continued to explore a range of American musics, first with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, followed by a pair of albums with then-husband Geoff Muldaur. The '70s brought her commercial success with the release of her debut solo album and the single "Midnight at the Oasis." The '80s found her recording sets devoted to jazz, gospel, and swing, while the '90s albums celebrated her love of New Orleans and blues. A Woman Alone With the Blues is devoted to 12 songs associated with Peggy Lee. From the slow burn of "Fever" to the swinging "Everything Is Moving Too Fast," this is a well-paced set with Muldaur backed by a supple eight-piece combo. Dan Hicks guests on "Winter Weather," trading verses with Muldaur over a snappy big band arrangement. Lee's career drew from a sufficiently diverse and uniformly potent range of songwriters (Ellington, Arlen, Berlin, Leiber & Stoller, etc.) and this album is likewise rich in its breadth. --David Greenberger

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Maria Muldaur does not sound at all like Peggy Lee. But imitation is not the point of this recording. The point is that this is a tribute album - and a first class one at that! Muldaur catches the essence of what Peggy Lee was with class and a bit of sass. From the opening cover of Lee's classic "Fever" one can tell that they're in for a treat. Backed by Harry Connick Jr.'s band Muldaur winds her way through a number of great songs associated with Ms. Lee. Most of them are not familiar. But not to worry, in the hands of Muldaur they feel as comfortable as an old shoe and illustrate just how versatile Peggy Lee was. Muldaur sounds better here than she has since her days at Warner Brothers. She's always been at her best vocally when she didn't push her voice and here she let's her instrument flow with ease. While listening to this I was immediately transported back to "Sweet Harmony" and "Sweet and Slow". This is a "must have" for any Muldaur fan, any fan of Ms. Lee and any pop music lover in general. Everything here is going in the right direction. Kudos to Maria Mulduar for taking the time to sort through the many recordings of Peggy Lee and coming up with the songs that make up this album. Kudos to her again for being such a supporter of the American music genre. She teaches us something new with each recording she makes. Somewhere Peggy Lee is smiling....and last November in Portland, Maine (not far from my home) a studio was quietly swinging and I didn't even know it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokey Joe's June 13, 2003
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This is my 14th album by Maria Muldaur; and she keeps getting better, creating a diverse body of work. With her exquisite last CD remembering blues greats like Memphis Minnie on "Richland Woman Blues" and this set remembering Peggy Lee, she's becoming an interpretive musical historian of significance like the late John Hartford. With 21st century technical support, this set could be a blast from the 1930's - 1940's jazz era. Maria reinvents the music through her personality and makes it come alive. Among the many highlights on the CD is Peggy Lee's signature song "Fever" which burns and aches with libidinous longing. Dan Hicks duets on the swinging "Winter Weather" with the horns and brass pulsing to perfection. The two tracks that have me reaching for "repeat" come smack dab in the middle of the CD: Peggy Lee's penned "Everything Is Moving Too Fast" is a loose jazz & jive that'll set your toe to tapping while "Waitin' for the Train to Come In" highlights Maria's coos and sighs through a lovely melody. "Freedom Train," "Black Coffee" and the title track are also great highlights among an exquisitely strong set. This set will let you turn back the clock, imagine an earlier easier time when melodies were strong, Peggy Lee was one of her era's strongest vocalists, and somehow we are transported by Maria's magnificent performance to see that the music sounds as wonderful today as it did when it was first written. Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovery May 23, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Back in the 70s, Maria Muldaur made a trio of fantastic albums for Reprise -- "Maria Muldaur," "Waitress In A Donut Shop," and "Sweet Harmony" -- that have grown better with age. They're essential and resonant music, as strong as any female interpretive singer in jazz or pop has recorded. Yet, a series of badly produced pop albums made this listener lose track of where the singer was headed. It's been years since I listened Maria Muldaur, and while her vocal timbre has changed -- losing her flexible sliding top notes -- her dexterous phrasing has only become more beautiful and playful with time. This an exquisite album, and a tribute to Peggy Lee -- not an imitation. It captures the spirit of the late great Ms. Lee, while remaining a unique and individual creation. The song choices, beyond the obligatory "Fever," are deep and surprising. Ms. Muldaur reveals herself to be a true fan and disciple, yet never subverts her own personality in the process. Like her early Reprise solo work, this new album gains in strength with repeated listening. Just wonderful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars University of Muldaur April 2, 2003
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In the interests of full disclosure, I admit to being a Maria Muldaur fan-a self-described graduate of the "University of Muldaur." I have not only enjoyed her work over the years but have used it to explore the works of those that appear with her such as Roy Rogers, Dave Grisman, Bonnie Raitt, etc.
At the young age of 58, I have even enjoyed her so-called "children's" albums. But when I heard that she was releasing an album in tribute to Peggy Lee, I thought that perhaps Maria had gone off the rails. Who needs an album remembering Peggy Lee?
Answer: WE ALL DO!
This is a tribute to (not an imitation of) Lee as a performer and as a songwriter. Muldaur puts her own distinctive stamp on the material in much the same way that Mark O'Connor puts his stamp on the work of Stephanne Grapelli. I have it in place in my Muldaur collection and purchased extra copies for "stocking stuffers." Christmas is coming :-)!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peggy Would Be Proud April 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Over the years Maria Muldaur has combined her vocal talents and intelligence to explore many areas of the pop music spectrum, always with very good results. With this new release, Maria has recorded her masterpiece. This album is perfection, from song selection to the wionderful musicians and most of all Maria's lovelysexybluesyjazzy vocals. Featuring members of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band rhythm section, Dan Hicks and stellar horns, this release is the both the best tribute to Peggy Lee and the best Maria Muldaur cd EVER!! Standout cuts include Fever,I Don't Know Enough About You, Some Cats Know (my favorite), Everything Is Moving Too Fast, Freedom Train( an Irving Berlin song I was unaware of),and Black Coffee. Ok, stop reading and buy this release now!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bluesy interpretations of 1 great singer's songs by another
Great bluesy interpretations of 1 great singer's songs by another... both artists have had so much to offer, & this album is a joy.
Published 3 months ago by Tom Surynt
5.0 out of 5 stars maria muldaur
to me, Maria Muldaur is "queen of the blues." I like Peggy Lee so this disc was a must. no disappointment! every selection gets a
A+. Read more
Published 6 months ago by spitfire 7
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Maria is 70 years old sings like she has blues in her soul. Loved this CD. I loved this D
Published 12 months ago by Victoria MACdONALD
3.0 out of 5 stars Peggy's songs not Maria's.
There are a few terrific renditions of the songs Peggy made her's and Maria shines. But there are some that are not hits for Peggy or Maria.
Published 14 months ago by Dennis F.
5.0 out of 5 stars She Does Peggy Lee Better Than Peggy Lee (to me)
My dad really loved Peggy Lee, so I grew up hearing a lot of her songs. I kind of liked a few of her songs but there was something sort of monotone to me about the way she sang... Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by Avocadess
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Muldaur's Best
For some reason I could never stand Peggy Lee; can't quite put my finger on it but perhaps it was something about her voice that irritated me. Read more
Published on March 30, 2007 by David L Hutchins
4.0 out of 5 stars take on torch songs is absolutely opaque to the influences of others
A Woman Alone With the Blues

Maria Muldaur

Telarc Records CD-83568

Faced with memorial albums, such as this tribute to Peggy Lee, the critic often... Read more
Published on January 29, 2006 by Arthur Shuey
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria Muldaur: A Superb Blues Singer
I absolutely love this album by Maria Muldaur. It may be a homage to the late Peggy Lee but Muldaur makes the songs her own. Read more
Published on May 14, 2005 by Dennis Lee Cleven
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Late Than Never
Based on her last two releases, Maria Muldaur has become one of my favorite singers. Her rendition of "Some Cats Know", on the Peggy Lee tribute, should be enough to... Read more
Published on October 22, 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Muldaur convert
This was my first exposure to Maria Muldaur (purchased via an amazon recommendation of all things) and I am hooked. Read more
Published on June 4, 2003 by Flint Weiss
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