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Destination Moon CD

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Platinum-selling recording artist Deborah Cox reinterprets the classic songs of Dinah Washington on her Decca debut, Destination Moon. The album thrusts the R&B/dance diva into whole new territory, showcasing her range and scope as an artist capable of tackling jazz, blues and big-band with ease and confidence. For the arrangements and the production, Deborah turned to the highly-versatile New York-based music man Rob Mounsey, whose credits with such diverse performers include Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett to name a few. The record was made live in the studio, with 40 musicians in the same room with her, playing and singing in real time under Mounsey's direction. I'm doing this to broaden people's awareness of what I can do and also for the sheer love of her music. As a result, Deborah's homage to Dinah Washington does not lean overwhelmingly toward one particular style. It was designed from the beginning to be a compendium of several of Dinah's idioms the big-band swing of All Of Me and Destination Moon, swaggering R&B, ( I Don't Hurt Anymore) the blues that earned her the misleading nickname Queen of the Blues, (Misery, New Blowtop Blues ) the lush ballads that put her on the jukeboxes of Middle America (What A Difference A Day Made, This Bitter Earth).

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Those who don't know any better are apt to dismiss Deborah Cox as another R&B/dance diva determined to cling to the spotlight by whatever means necessary, including a giant genre-leap. Those who've been listening carefully, though, will check their doubts at Destination Moon's door. On this, her fourth disc, Cox sidles up to jazz--the jazz of her role model Dinah Washington--with subtlety and surefooted grace; along the way, she makes something of a masterpiece. From classics such as the title track to lesser-known but deeply felt compositions such as "I Don't Hurt Anymore," she avoids the temptation to rub a modern sheen over these songs and settles contentedly into the mood Washington carved for them instead. "This Bitter Earth" gets the "mm-hmm" treatment Dinah delivered so well, and "Misery" and "New Blowtop Blues" don't dream of belying their blueswoman roots. Best of all are the more delicate tracks: "Look to the Rainbow" captivates with a contemplative sadness, and "Blue Skies" is a natural wonder as beautiful as a dose of pure azure on a cloudless day. --Tammy La Gorce
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000ND91U4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Richard Walker on June 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When most people think of Deborah Cox, they immediately think of the diva of club anthems (Absolutely Not, Nobody's Supposed To Be Here, Something Happened On The Way To Heaven)--the woman with a voice that makes you want to dance all night long. When I first learned of Destination Moon, I had my reservations. Then, once I'd heard some track clips that were posted on her official website, I knew I was going to love this cd. Sure enough, Deborah Cox breathes new life into the songs (some classics, some not) of the legendary Dinah Washington. Her voice is so pure and rich, the songs so soothing--I imagine (or, rather, would like to think) that her (Ms. Cox) legions of younger fans will look deeper into the discography of the great Ms. Washington, and discover for themselves an entirely different style of music which was--and still is--jazz at its best.

Kudos to the incredible Deborah Cox. This cd has found a permanent place in my ipod. (Favourite tracks include the title track, Destination Moon, and the hauntingly beautiful Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.)
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This CD is Amazing!!! Deborah Cox vocals are outstanding! I was very surprised to hear that she had a new CD release. They should be promoting this album like crazy. At first i heard that this was a throwback album so i wasn't sure how to take this but i went and purchased it anyway and i'm amazed at her depth of talent. Her Phrasing is just perfect and the live instrument just add to the excitement of the music. I would have to say that this is the top album released this year as a tribute.
Also check out Amel Larrieux new CD its the same kind of music. I love it!
Enjoy and reccomend!
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I was completely unfamiliar with Deborah Cox before purchasing this c.d. Considering that she hadn't released a c.d.in 3 years, this oversight was somewhat understandable.

It's an oversight that will be no more.

After about 16 bars, the comparison of Deborah Cox with Dianne Reeves was undeniable. Meaning, first of all, if you love Dianne Reeves (and if you don't, what in the hell is wrong with you?!), most assuredly you will love Deborah Cox. (This c.d. also compares very favorably with the more famous Gladys Knight's c.d., "Before Me", of 2006)

This is a tribute album to Dinah Washington, and Ms. Cox is every bit the singer that the late, great Ms. Washington was. Whether singing jazz (a great version of Harry Warren's "September in the Rain"), soul ("Misery") blues ("New Blowtop Blues", my favorite on this c.d.) or cabaret (a show-stopping rendition of the great torch song, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"), Ms. Cox has impressive chops to display, and display them she does.

And a huge thumbs up to Rob Mounsey, the producer, arranger, pianist, and assistant recording engineer. This c.d. just sounds fabulous. Although the arrangements at time threaten to be a bit slick, overblown and familiar, they never cross the line. Mr. Mounsey deserves mention in the same breath with John Clayton, Jr.

More importantly, Ms. Cox (like Ms. Reeves) has a huge voice, and thus she works best with a lot of sound behind her. Ms. Cox sounds like a class act, and based on the photos in the liner notes, looks like one, too.

If [...] had a 4 and 1/2 star rating, that's where I'd end up. This is, after all, old wine in new bottles. There's nothing here I haven't heard before. But what an impressive new bottle this is! 5 stars, just for that. RC
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I have been a fan of Deborah Cox since she came out in 1995. She has consistently put out songs that are truly top-notch and memorable. Unfortunately, her great talent has not always received the attention, respect and accolades, it deserves. Ms. Cox is truly one of the best in the industry at conveying emotion and telling a tale with her voice. If you are a fan, this is a set to add to your collection! There is not one bad track on this set. The standouts are: Destination Moon; What A Difference A Day Made; Misery; Baby, You've Got What It Takes; Blue Skies and Look To The Rainbow. This album should really get more buzz from the jazz industry.
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I had never heard of Deborah Cox until a local radio station started playing her September in the Rain. I really enjoyed it and her voice is a little reminiscent of Billie Holliday on that song. I think Ms. Cox does a great job on this CD and her voice rivals and surpasses many of the current "jazz singers". I hope she will consider recording more of the old standards on future CDs.
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Ever since her first single, Sentimental - I've been hooked on Deborah Cox's music and followed her works thereafter. Destination Moon is by far one of my most fave works by Deborah and I'm saddened that she didn't get much credit for this album. The popping sounds of big band is what attracts me most to this album, blended with her strong yet jazzy vocals to her smooth sultry sounds in "What a Difference a Day Makes". Her singing abilities are definitely limitless! This was actually my THIRD purchase of the CD. The first, I accidentally left in a rental car. The second, I played the bee-hee-bie-jeebies out of it. And my third, is sitting on the shelf in it's natural case - I made a copy that way I'll always have access to this album, through out my lifetime. Why would I purchase a CD three times? Because Deborah's worth it!
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