A Woman Alone with the Blues

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Singers Peggy Lee and Maria Muldaur have few vocal qualities in common, and yet it works as Muldaur pays homage to Lee on A Woman Alone with the Blues. The point of a tribute CD is not to emulate the honoree’s style but to bring the underlying spirit to life, and that’s the approach Muldaur takes. With a New Orleans horn section, Harry Connick Jr.’s rhythm section, and arrangements that recall Lee’s work with big bands, Muldaur covers classics like “I’m Gonna Go Fishin’,” which Lee co-wrote with Duke Ellington, and “I Don’t Know Enough About You.” For the innocent ballads “Moments like This” and “For Every Man There’s a Woman," the blues belter reins in her worldly side...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Singers Peggy Lee and Maria Muldaur have few vocal qualities in common, and yet it works as Muldaur pays homage to Lee on A Woman Alone with the Blues. The point of a tribute CD is not to emulate the honoree’s style but to bring the underlying spirit to life, and that’s the approach Muldaur takes. With a New Orleans horn section, Harry Connick Jr.’s rhythm section, and arrangements that recall Lee’s work with big bands, Muldaur covers classics like “I’m Gonna Go Fishin’,” which Lee co-wrote with Duke Ellington, and “I Don’t Know Enough About You.” For the innocent ballads “Moments like This” and “For Every Man There’s a Woman," the blues belter reins in her worldly side and goes for effective simplicity. She swings “Everything Is Moving Too Fast” and turns “Winter Weather,” with Dan Hicks dueting, into a New Orleans Dixieland number, while using a quiet, smoldering voice for classics like “Some Cats Know,” “Black Coffee,” and “Fever.” Throughout the project Muldaur remains herself yet reveals how deeply she cares about both classic pop singing and an important early influence in particular.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The always eclectic Maria Muldaur, whose previous albums have paid tribute to Shirley Temple and blues women of the '20s, takes another musical detour in this collection of songs associated with Peggy Lee. In addition to her cool, sexy, relaxed voice, Lee was arguably more talented than other vocalists from her era. As a songwriter she co-penned some of her own material, including the swinging "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" with Duke Ellington, which features the witty double entendres that spice several other songs. Muldaur possesses a similar ability to purr "Some Cats Know" or sizzle an opening tour de force of "Fever" and "Black Coffee" without breaking a sweat. So this collection of 12 tracks, backed by a talented yet restrained eight-piece band, is a natural extension of her vocal strengths. The stylish, retro arrangements include vibes and big-band-styled horn charts that sound as authentic as if they were recorded in the '30s. Even though there are some finger-popping swing numbers a zippy duet with Dan Hicks on Ted Shapiro's "Winter Weather" is especially peppy, a late-night, languid blues-jazz vibe dominates. The title track, a sexy "Some Cats Know," "Moments Like These," and "I Don't Know Enough About You" exude a gauzy, smoky sheen perfect for Muldaur's sensual delivery. Sticking to less popular fare, producer Randy Labbe forgoes such Lee favorites as "Big Spender," "Is That All There Is?," and "I'm a Woman" which Muldaur had already successfully covered on 1974's Waitress in a Donut Shop to concentrate on more obscure, often loungy material. Classy, sophisticated, supple, and subtle, Maria Muldaur's tribute to Peggy Lee is a triumph for the singer and a heartfelt homage to her subject. Both artists' legacies should benefit from this impeccably conceived project.
jazzreview.com
Flawless recording. Highly recommended.

Flawless recording. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408356827
  • Catalog Number: 83568
  • Sales rank: 104,804

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maria Muldaur Primary Artist, Vocals
David Torkanowsky Piano
Danny Caron Guitar
Dan Hicks Vocals
Jeff Lewis Trumpet
Kevin Porter Trombone, Bass Trombone
Jim Rothermel Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Latin Drums
Neal Caine Bass
Gerry Grosz Vibes
Jim Kweskin Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Lincoln Clapp Mastering
John Jacob Engineer
Jim Rothermel Horn Arrangements, Adaptation
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Steve Drown Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Randy Labbe Producer
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