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A Foolish Thing to Do

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Barnes & Noble - Philip Koslow
Beginning at the age of 12, Laverne Butler learned her musical ABC's by performing with her father, saxophonist Scott Butler, before moving on to earn a degree from the University of New Orleans and ultimately launching a solo vocal career. Her fourth album, A Foolish Thing to Do, shows how well this varied education has served her. Kicking off with a pair of ballads, the title track and "End of a Love Affair," Butler fully exploits her velvety contralto, infusing the lyrics with a soulful pensiveness reminiscent of Johnny Hartman. Just when it seems obvious that slow, sad songs are her métier, Butler reveals her playful side with a lilting version of "Go Away Little ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Philip Koslow
Beginning at the age of 12, Laverne Butler learned her musical ABC's by performing with her father, saxophonist Scott Butler, before moving on to earn a degree from the University of New Orleans and ultimately launching a solo vocal career. Her fourth album, A Foolish Thing to Do, shows how well this varied education has served her. Kicking off with a pair of ballads, the title track and "End of a Love Affair," Butler fully exploits her velvety contralto, infusing the lyrics with a soulful pensiveness reminiscent of Johnny Hartman. Just when it seems obvious that slow, sad songs are her métier, Butler reveals her playful side with a lilting version of "Go Away Little Boy" and then renders "When I Fall in Love" with a vibrant swing that makes it impossible to doubt that real, true love is waiting just around the corner. Clearly, this is a singer who has learned to embrace a great many moods and styles with equal aplomb, as further evidenced by the wistful romanticism she conveys -- abetted by sweeping strings -- on Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi." Happily, the strings are kept on a short leash (surfacing only once more, on a rueful version of "Make It Easy" that Butler accents with a skillful use of vibrato), and for the most part a solid jazz current flows through the album, propelled by Bruce Barth, Daryl Hall, Steve Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, and others. Butler thrives in this company, bouncing gleefully on "West Coast Blues," artfully toying with the beat on "Just One of Those Things," and catching a bossa nova wave on "Make Someone Happy." Having roamed far and wide, the Louisiana native brings it back home for the finale, a slinky rendition of "Basin Street Blues" that proclaims her profound grasp of all the things a jazz singer needs to know.
All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
LaVerne Butler's jazz vocals on A Foolish Thing To Do emphasizes her fluid mastery of the jazz form and her genuine joy in the music. The beautiful vocalist sings 12 blues-inflected jazz gems written by some of America's most prolific songwriters on this follow-up to her chart-topping Blues In The City. Accompanied by Terrell Stafford on trumpet, Bruce Barth on piano, Darryl Hall on bass and Victor Lewis on drums, Butler opens with "A Foolish Thing To Do," a love-gone-wrong blues she co-wrote with Bruce Barth. Terrell Stafford's trumpet announces the fateful theme and punctuates Butler's vocals throughout the song before easing into a solo with a bluesy jazz dialect reminiscent of the great Louis Armstrong.LaVerne Butler takes command of the lyrics on "Make It Easy On Yourself" and finds her wringing the tears from it whereas so many other vocalists have delivered it in such a glib matter-of-fact way. In addition to the excellent string accompaniment on three compositions and Bruce Barth's piano stylings throughout this great program, LaVerne Butler's graceful creativity, tone, phrasings and emotion are among the shining elements that make up her very cool tools of vocal expression and natural talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Max Jazz Records
  • UPC: 610614011325
  • Catalog Number: 140113
  • Sales rank: 138,531

Album Credits

Performance Credits
LaVerne Butler Primary Artist, Vocals
Victor Lewis Drums
Bruce Barth Piano, fender rhodes
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Terell Stafford Trumpet
Darryl Hall Bass
Technical Credits
Bruce Barth Arranger, Producer
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer, Mastering
Philip Heying Assistant Photographer
Edward Redding Composer
David Baker Engineer
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