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Being a Bear: Jazz for the Whole Family

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
There have been many attempts through the years to record a jazz set for children, but usually the music is either too complex or too childish, not achieving its purpose. The music on this particular CD was written to be used for a full-length animated film called The Jazz Bears. Most of the melodies except for five originals are pretty familiar and simple, but the solos are topnotch and colorful. The vocals particularly those of the great Rebecca Kilgore are swinging and charming. Although the opening, "Being a Bear," may make one think that this CD is only for children, it will be easy for adults who are fans of mainstream swing to enjoy this project. Dan Barrett who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
There have been many attempts through the years to record a jazz set for children, but usually the music is either too complex or too childish, not achieving its purpose. The music on this particular CD was written to be used for a full-length animated film called The Jazz Bears. Most of the melodies except for five originals are pretty familiar and simple, but the solos are topnotch and colorful. The vocals particularly those of the great Rebecca Kilgore are swinging and charming. Although the opening, "Being a Bear," may make one think that this CD is only for children, it will be easy for adults who are fans of mainstream swing to enjoy this project. Dan Barrett who arranged many of the pieces is a versatile trombonist, and his vocal on "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" is surprisingly effective. Trumpeter Spanky Davis who has long been underrated has quite a few hot solos, Scott Robinson best on baritone and bass sax is always impressive, and Jim Galloway's soprano is another asset. Recommended, for children and their jazz-loving parents alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2000
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941122824
  • Catalog Number: 19228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Being a Bear - Rebecca Kilgore (3:22)
  2. 2 The Jam Song - Rebecca Kilgore (5:31)
  3. 3 The Music Goes 'Round and Around - Rebecca Kilgore (5:49)
  4. 4 This Old Man - Rebecca Kilgore (4:11)
  5. 5 Copey's Lament - Rebecca Kilgore (2:36)
  6. 6 Sing, Sing, Sing - Rebecca Kilgore (2:50)
  7. 7 Ursa the Blues - Rebecca Kilgore (5:58)
  8. 8 Mama Don't Allow - Rebecca Kilgore (6:51)
  9. 9 Animation - Rebecca Kilgore (3:50)
  10. 10 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Rebecca Kilgore (4:48)
  11. 11 Swingin' in the Dell - Rebecca Kilgore (3:36)
  12. 12 Rhythm in My Nursery Rhymes - Rebecca Kilgore (4:31)
  13. 13 Isle of Capri - Rebecca Kilgore (4:58)
  14. 14 At the Jazz Bears Jamboree - Rebecca Kilgore (4:13)
  15. 15 Little Man, You're Had a Busy Day - Rebecca Kilgore (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Barrett Primary Artist, Trombone, Leader, Vocals
Jeff Hamilton Drums
Jim Galloway Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Spanky Davis Trumpet, Vocals
Paul Keller Bass
Rebecca Kilgore Guitar, Vocals
John Sheridan Piano
Technical Credits
Scott Robinson Composer
Phil Sheridan Engineer
Chip Deffaa Liner Notes
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Tina Seemann Cover Design, Cover Art, Sleeve Notes
Rachel & Mat Domber Producer
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