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Rufus CAN hit those notes,
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This review is from: Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall (Audio CD)
When I saw Rufus do this show at the Hollywood bowl and he was missing notes left and right, I thought, "I wonder if he can ever hit these notes, even in the studio." Even if they had to dub in some notes in the studio, the album comes together as an enjoyable and listenable show.
I think Rufus said, "What's next? What's the hardest thing I could think of doing? What could challenge me and take my skills to the next level? What would I LOVE to do?" Reproducing Judy at Carnegie was his choice. It was ambitious, and at the Hollywood Bowl overly ambitious. (OK, maybe he said, "What's the gayest album of all time? I'll do that.") The other reason is that his sister Martha said, "I wish I could sing Stormy Weather on the big stages of the western world. Rufus, could you make that happen?" ;-)
At the Hollywood Bowl, the best song of the show was, indeed, Martha's Story Weather. On the album, it's just as good, but Rufus's songs sound better, balancing the feel of the set.
The songs on the CDs are not Rufus' choice, so the real review should be the singing and patter. So, it's a good recording, but it doesn't match Judy's power, emotion and pure performance ability. Sure, Rufus brings something new in his interpretation of the set, but he's taking on a set that is part of musical history.
However, I'm a WAY bigger fan of Rufus than Judy, so I listen to this version much more than Judy's version.
One aspect I hadn't considered when I bought the recording is how nice it would be to hear a male voice singing some of these songs.
Applaud Rufus for being ambitious and having vision; enjoy his ambition with compassion with this part of his body of work.