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Language

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Language is the much-anticipated new recording from lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather, whose CDs have featured her wildly imaginative lyrics to both the music of such legends as Duke Ellington and Fats Waller, and that of some of the finest jazz composers living. Lorraine's first release on Jazzed Media includes collaborations with Russell Ferrante [of Yellowjackets], Shelly Berg, Eddie Arkin, Tony Morales, Bill Elliott and Michael B. Nelson [of The Horn Heads]. Tierney Sutton provides a guest vocal on 'Traffic and Weather,' and The Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne join Lorraine on 'Very Unbecoming' and 'Waiting Tables.'

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Traffic and Weather
  2. We Appreciate Your Patience
  3. Very Unbecoming
  4. I Love New York At Christmas
  5. Home Alone
  6. Hit the Ground Runnin'
  7. Where Are My Keys?
  8. In Flower
  9. Waiting Tables
  10. A Household Name
  11. Making It Up As We Go Along


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • ASIN: B0015NQBLI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I heard Ms. Feather on NPR and also heard renditions of some of the songs on this album. As a lover of jazz, I found her vocalizations not only musically enjoyable, but I could understand and appreciate the lyrics as well. And you can get a lift and a laugh from most of them. Even if you have played the album numerous times and are no longer listening to the lyrics, the jazz musicians accompanying her provide a very satisfying jazz mood.

All in all, I'm glad I "discovered" Ms. Feather. Thanks, NPR (and Amazon for always making my shopping easier).
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Hitherto, Lorraine Feather has been known as the ultra-witty lyricist and vastly underrated jazz singer who has brought modern vocalese sensibilities to chestnuts of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller. And, in that regard, "Such Sweet Thunder" and "New York City Drag," respectively, are two of my favorite c.d.'s of this decade.

But the day of reckoning is here. There is only so long an artist can do that sort of thing. For one, getting the copyright permission from the estates of such jazz giants, so that such vocalese productions may be possible, is a pain in the rear. But more importantly, for two, an artist has to grow and not be pigeon-holed.

So, in that spirit this newest Lorraine Feather c.d. consists of music by people such as the accomplished pianist here, Shelly Berg, that is jazzy and sounds similar to the giants above-named (in fact, "A Household Name" and "Making It Up As We Go Along" sound like they could have been lifted from "Drag"), but consist of sharply-drawn observations of modern-day life.

We have here observations of: how a.m. radio has become the chronicler of modern urban daily angst ("Traffic and Weather"); a society rife with sports cliches ("Hit the Ground Runnin'"); the young star-wannabe who must resort to the scut work of waitressing while awaiting her dream of "superstardom" ("Waiting Tables"); annoying corporate programmed telephone messages ("We Appreciate Your Patience" - why do corporations or governments tell you to go their websites, when you're on the damned phone, anyway?!), modern societal angst in general ("Very Unbecoming" - reminiscent of Woody Allen's worry that "the universe is expanding"!
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We heard an interview with Lorraine Feather on NPR and were intrigued by her concept and talent. I bought the CD for my husband for Father's Day and he plays it at work, in the car, on the computer at home. She's an awesome voice, coupled with a talented songwriter and a witty and intelligent blending of humor and soul. This is a must have for fans of jazz.
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This CD is clever and beautifully done. The artist has an amazing voice and the lyrics are so cleverly crafted that you hear something new each time you listen. I laughed out loud at times. I love it.
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I can add no more to the positive comments already posted regarding Lorraine's alternately witty and poignant lyrics, excellent phrasing, wonderful diction (this should go without saying but there are many out there who lack it), and her right-on phrasing and pitch. But let me say a word about the instrumental backing provided by Shelly Berg and others -- the lyrics fit the melody so well, but the music could stand by itself. For many reasons, this CD is the best one yet.
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This is one of my all time favorite albums, and one I always play when I'm under pressure on an assignment. I can't count how many times I've put this on the night before something is due to inspire me while I worked. That was true when I was still an engineer, and its still true now that I am a grad student.

My girlfriend teases me that i want to marry Lorraine Feather. That's not strictly true, but it is true that Lorraine Feather could pretty much do with me what she would.... That being said, this is pretty much the best album out of a solid run of good albums. Download it right now!
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Language is a work of love by Lorraine. You can feel it through the speakers, warm and loving. And it's just not her heart you hear, but a suburb recording. That adds to the emotional impact as well. Audiophiles, wake up and load this disk! The great Bernie Grundman himself did the mastering. I love the redo of Where Are My Keys and Very Unbecoming, they are really different but very good. I have Five. Everything should not be the "same as it ever was", variety is what life is all about. It's good for you.

This body of music will please anybody who ever enjoyed (LOVED) the Full Swing discs. Check it.

Thank you Ms Plumetune and Sir Tony Clock-a-lot! Keep trying so hard.
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