- Audio CD (April 10, 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: CD Baby
- ASIN: B00097DXU8
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Melodies on this CD compliment her lyrics. "Remembering to Breathe" is a graceful, sentimental ballad
on the lessons learned when young ladies take ballet. The snappy "Cicada Time" reminisces about the
seventeen year cycle of these noisy insects. There is irony in the swinging "Shameful" and warmth in the
sensuous "On the Esplanade." The floating vocals of Lorraine matched with a 1929 instrumental by Duke
Ellington in "Tryin' to Get Over" is just one of four pairings between these two.
In "I Know the Way to Brooklyn" the singer is able to kill the worst case of blues with her wit. The bluesy
and sensuous "Sweet Honolulu" has a solid boogie-woogie vamp to carry the listener through. Clever and
delightful lyrics matched with her vocals and the contributions of her collaborators make Dooji Wooji an
outing with Lorraine Feather that will entertain and stand the test of time!
First, an awesome gift for incredibly zany and intelligent lyrics that blend seamlessly with marvelous music.
Second, a great voice with perfect timing, enunciation and amazing precision.
Third, the ability to attract and collaborate with an incredible number of tremendous song writers and hot musicians.
Between her excellent work pulling gems out of Ellington's archives and her great interaction with some of today's best, she continues to create awesome tracks.
From the very tender sweetness of "Remembering to Breathe" to the runaway antics of "Indiana Lana"; from the wild entomology-meets-jazz piece "Cicada Time" to the fully believable "I Know the Way To Brooklyn", Ms. Feather has put together a marvelous treat. I found myself yearning to join the party on Calistoga Bay. There is nothing shameful about this album but one song title; Lorraine Feather is definitely NOT tryin' to get over on us, and when you listen in, you'll be happy you were there.
I guarantee that you will marvel at the skill level of all those involved in this splenid project.
Lorraine Feather, daughter of one of the most famous jazz critics of the past century, grew up wealthy and wanting nothing. She also grew up totally immersed in jazz, as well as somewhat lonely and remote. As the child of a famous jazz scribe, something great was expected of her, a talent that did not blossom for many years. As someone who received, in her own words, "brains but not beauty," she was socially ostracized in the exclusive schools she went to, often isolated during her growing-up period.
But Lorraine has triumphed, and in a way that I'm not sure her famous father would have envisioned. She has become an excellent jazz singer - more on her quite unique style in a moment - but, more importantly, she has become the single greatest writer of vocalize lyrics in the entire history of jazz.Read more ›
And in that spirit, Lorraine Feather's newest, "Dooji Wooji", has 4 out of 12 cuts that are direct Ellington/Feather productions, and most of the rest sounds like the songwriter could have been The Duke. The whole album has a marvelous '30's-'40's feel about it, and its consistency makes it the best vocal jazz album of 2005 through the first 4 months of the year.
Lorraine Feather is an incredibly witty lyricist, and you hear her marvelous warp speed rhyming schemes in such tunes as "Indiana Lana", "Calistoga Bay" and "I Know the Way to Brooklyn." (I note that her lyrics don't sound early 20th century, however; I doubt that Duke's lyricists ever would have rhymed "Cicada" with "Yada-yada", or that they would have complained about not being able "to work the buttons on the damned remote"!) She is also a terrific singer, and best displays her vocal chops on one of the album's highlights, "On the Esplanade."
For me, the album's highlight is the last cut, "Happy You Were Here", which is the least "Duke-like" composition on the album. This works as a heartfelt eulogy to anyone or anything that ever mattered to you. (I understand that Ms. Feather wrote this song for her late dog. Works for me!) It is one of the finest original jazz ballads in years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lorraine Feather is fantastic. This is my favorite of her records.Published 18 months ago by Bill Stevenson
I love her eclectic style a combo of jazz, boogie, and blues. I don' know why her career was so quiet but I'm glad I was exposed to her music. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Published 20 months ago by shopling
I had heard some of the songs on the radio and put this album on my wish list. When I finally ordered it I realized it had been on the wish list 6 years! I like the music. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by M. Hardy
Amazing lyricist, and has the pipes and musicality to go with it. Also check her other work with stride piano... my favoritePublished on December 6, 2013 by A. Kosatka
Lorraine is just good, she is consistent also, When you pick up one of her CD's you know for sure that you are getting great talent from a wonderful artist. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Gary J. Chenett
I first heard Lorraine Feather's voice while driving in Seattle and listening to the jazz station. The song was "Remembering to Breathe". Read morePublished on November 27, 2005 by Tina Kay
Despite the strange title this is a superior musical offering from this talented singer. The third cut is an especially
delicate and expressive piece.