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Destination Moon

Destination Moon

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by Deborah Cox

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R&B and Broadway phenomenon Deborah Cox reinterprets the classic songs of Dinah Washington on Destination Moon. Showing remarkable range and scope as an artist, Cox proves herself capable of tackling jazz, blues and big-band settings with aplomb.


R&B and Broadway phenomenon Deborah Cox reinterprets the classic songs of Dinah Washington on Destination Moon. Showing remarkable range and scope as an artist, Cox proves herself capable of tackling jazz, blues and big-band settings with aplomb.

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Artist tributes are tricky pieces of work. Most of the time, they aren't recorded by the biggest names of the moment, and they're usually sub-par. Instead of putting out an album of new music after a five-year hiatus, and twelve years into her career, Canadian R&B diva Deborah Cox released Destination Moon, a tribute to jazz legend Dinah Washington. Cox refers to this album as a personal tribute to her legend growing up. Frankly, she does justice to the works, which make for a strong representation of Washington's hits over her far too brief career. Cox's voice, in all its purity, has never sounded better, with the honey tones in her raspy instrument flourishing throughout the album's big moments. Unfortunately, the album is full of awkward missteps that steer this work off course: Cox doesn't always connect with the songs. Many of the tracks seem robotic; Cox sings them well, but doesn't emote to the best of her ability, something that has always been a flaw of hers in the past. Therefore, Moon appears to be more of a lifetime biopic of Dinah Washington's musical career than a genuine blockbuster. For an artist like Washington, who has garnered much respect even to this day for her creativeness and emotional capacity, Cox suffers in both attributes. Considering Moon is supposed to be a tribute, as such it seems flat. In addition, the timing of the album seems like an odd choice for Cox; there is a five-year gap between this album and The Morning After (excluding Remixed, a collection of dance re-recordings), but this may be because of her label shift from J-Records to Decca. And because she has stayed out of the limelight for some time, jumping back into the music scene with a tribute doesn't seem like the smartest move on her part. In addition, Cox is an R&B diva who is known for her dance tracks and smooth grooves. Jazz seems awkward for the Canadian superstar, who handles the shift well vocally, but seems to have missed the mark in most other places. Ultimately, the album is too indulgent on Cox's part, and in order for the whole piece to be credible, especially for Cox, whose popularity has slowly faded since her newest album, she needed to nail every part of the album, not just the vocals.

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Performance Credits

Deborah Cox   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey   Piano
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Soloist
Victor Lewis   Drums
Emily Mitchell   Harp
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
Abe Appleman   Violin
Virgil Blackwell   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
John Fedchock   Trombone
David Finck   Bass,Bass Guitar
Barry Finclair   Violin
Mark Goldberg   Bassoon
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Jean Ingraham   Violin
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Karen Karlsrud   Violin
Karl Kawahara   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello,Celli
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Cello,Celli
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Clay Ruede   Cello,Celli
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Richard Sortomme   Concert Master
David Spinozza   Guitar
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
Lou Kosma   Bass,Bass Guitar
Avril Brown   Violin
Craig Mumm   Viola
Dave Riekenberg   Alto Saxophone
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet
Katherine LiVolsi Stern   Violin
Charles Pillow   Tenor Saxophone
Eriko Sato   Violin
Rob Shaw   Violin
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Jeff Nelson & Covenant   Bass Trombone
Michael Boschen   Trombone
Alexandre Sipiaquine   Trumpet
Semyon Fridman   Cello,Celli
Bill Meredith   English Horn,Oboe
Kristina Musser   Violin
Liz Mann   Flute
Jeff Nelson   Bass Trombone
Marc Phaneuf   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Fats Waller   Composer
Dinah Washington   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Richard Alderson   Engineer
Otto Harbach   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Deborah Cox   Vocal Producer
Murray Stein   Composer
Donald Robertson   Composer
Marvin Fisher   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Roy Alfred   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer

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Destination Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Fiberglass More than 1 year ago
This material showcases her magnificent voice. Unlike her previous work, these songs allow her to soar as they her explore her range and beauty. You won't be disappointed; she's unique.