And So Is Love

And So Is Love

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by Rita Coolidge
     
 

Rita Coolidge has always been a champion interpreter rather than a composer of original songs, and it’s to her lasting credit that she maintains a true ear for superior material. On this collection of standards, Coolidge’s unerring taste and distinctive voice combine for satisfying results. Joined by such expert jazz players as pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Dave… See more details below

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Rita Coolidge has always been a champion interpreter rather than a composer of original songs, and it’s to her lasting credit that she maintains a true ear for superior material. On this collection of standards, Coolidge’s unerring taste and distinctive voice combine for satisfying results. Joined by such expert jazz players as pianist Alan Pasqua, bassist Dave Carpenter, and drummer Terri Lynne Carrington, Coolidge finds her own way to classics associated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Julie London, and others. And in a clever move, the former “Delta Lady” adroitly reworks one of her own hits, “We’re All Alone,” so that it fits snuggly against gems including “More than You Know” and “Cry Me a River.” Because Coolidge has always appreciated great songs, no matter their vintage, it’s easy to consider this album as an evolutionary move rather than a calculated attempt to jump on the “pop star goes standards” bandwagon. And So Is Love is a classy project from a classy lady.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It seems increasingly common for once-popular artists to resurface years after their heyday. What's so interesting is how they resurface. Who would've imagined Rita Coolidge, like other popular '70s singers, re-emerging 30 years down the line as a singer of jazz classics? But Coolidge, like Debby Boone before her, has done exactly that, releasing a collection of classic songs on Concord Records. Backed by a small jazz combo, And So Is Love has a classy feel to it, but it's Coolidge's resonant vocals that bring the set together. While most of the material is older, and a number of pieces like "Cry Me a River" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" come from the golden age of song, she also includes Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone" and makes it work. In fact, "We're All Alone" is one of the highlights of the album, with Coolidge transforming it into a lovely jazz standard. Her performance here also leads one to pause: are there other songs of recent vintage that would -- like old standards -- work just as well in a jazz context? Another icon from the past shows up -- Herb Alpert -- on "Estate" to lend his trademark trumpet style to the song's Latin mood. For old fans, mainstream jazz fans, and anyone who appreciates classy treatments of classic songs, Coolidge's And So Is Love is an enjoyable listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431227120
catalogNumber:
2271
Rank:
149597

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rita Coolidge   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Sheppard   Flute,Alto Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Russell Ferrante   Synthesizer,Piano
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Larry Koonse   Guitar
Darek Oles   Bass
Alan Pasqua   Piano
David Samuels   Vibes
Sandro Albert   Guitar

Technical Credits

Boz Scaggs   Composer
Brown   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jimmy Haslip   Producer,Audio Production
John Burk   Executive Producer
Chris Dunn   Executive Producer
Robert Eliscu   Composer
Redd Evans   Composer
Russell Ferrante   Arranger
Bud Green   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Alan Pasqua   Arranger
Joel Siegel   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Bruno Martino   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Rich Breen   Engineer,Mastering
Dave Mann   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Nelly Neben   Executive Producer

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