Bird on the Wire

Bird on the Wire

by Joan Crowe
     
 

It was only a matter of time before the versatile New York club singer Joan Crowe translated her live show to disc, and though listeners aren't given glimpses of her much heralded humor, her soothing, crystal vocals do quite enough to enrapture even the hardest jazz cynic. Her sweet renditions of "The Way You Look Tonight" and the cleverly merged opener, "Fever/Caught…  See more details below

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It was only a matter of time before the versatile New York club singer Joan Crowe translated her live show to disc, and though listeners aren't given glimpses of her much heralded humor, her soothing, crystal vocals do quite enough to enrapture even the hardest jazz cynic. Her sweet renditions of "The Way You Look Tonight" and the cleverly merged opener, "Fever/Caught a Touch of Your Love," establish her prowess with standards, but her flair for the dramatic -- her background is acting and cabaret, after all -- means that she can infuse swing into a classic lullaby ("Never-Never Land") and bluesy reggae out of an obscure Beatles number ("I'm Only Sleeping"). Her choice of covers is fascinating, as she works pure magic on the sizzling country gospel clap-along to Leonard Cohen's "Bird on a Wire" and rings new, deeper emotion on "Me and Mrs. Jones." Yet the originals are intriguing too, with her friend Tom Anderson's "Every Night I Sleep with an Angel" receiving an emotionally compelling pop-country treatment and Crowe's own "Petite Southern Woman" adding some rough edges around a playful country/jazz arrangement. The somewhat staid album cover may lead the listener to believe this will be a restrained pure jazz set, but Crowe's strength is in her versatility, vibrancy, and unique storytelling ability that goes way beyond the confines of being just another great jazz singer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
Label:
Original Cast Record
UPC:
0825346870328
catalogNumber:
8703

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Crowe   Primary Artist
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Scott Charles Newman   Drums
Justine Flynn   Clarinet,Horn
Tedd Firth   Piano

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Wardell Gray   Composer
Annie Ross   Composer
Rupert Holmes   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Cary Gilbert   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Dan Lawrence   Engineer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Michael Bourne   Liner Notes
Frederick Hollander   Composer
Tom Andersen   Composer
Tim DiPasqua   Composer
Justine Flynn   Horn Arrangements
Tedd Firth   Arranger
Joan Crowe   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Zina Goldrich   Composer
Marcy Heisler   Composer

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