Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Disney Jazz

It started with a listener's request for The Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Dave Digs Disney," which wasn't in our library. We ended up purchasing the CD (thank you generous listeners) and it has become a favorite of staff and listeners.

Up until recently, it was the only jazz compilation of Disney tunes. Oh, there was Disney's Jazz Album-Big Band & Swing CD (unfortunately
out-of-print) and there was Miles Davis' cover of "Some Day My Prince Will Come" and similar one song performances of classic Disney tunes, but no grand collection.

Until now.

Now there's "Disney Jazz Volume 1 / Everybody Wants To Be A Cat" with real jazz artists, such as Esperanza Spalding performing "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkle doing "Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag)”, both from Mary Poppins. There’s also vocalist Roberta Gamborini backed by the Dave Brubeck Trio on "Alice In Wonderland".

The list goes on and on, but for my ears the extraordinary achievement is that the jazz ensembles are small - duos to seven players - and the readings are melodic and true to each artist's style. No added strings, no sweetening, just great jazz. Plus, you already know most of the songs.

Join me Wednesday at 9 as we feature Disney Jazz.

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