Disney Jazz, Vol. 1: Everybody Wants To Be a Cat

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
It's nothing new for jazz musicians to record songs written for Disney films. Dave Brubeck was already playing a number of them prior to recording Dave Digs Disney in 1957, so it is hardly surprising for him to take part in this 2011 release, which covers a wider scope of songs and features a baker's dozen of jazz artists or groups. Brubeck shines with his rollicking trio treatment of "Some Day My Prince Will Come," a piece he has performed as part of his concert repertoire for decades. He's joined by the expressive vocalist Roberta Gambarini (who joined him to sing the premiere of his "Cannery Row Suite" in 2006), who demonstrates why she has been a favorite of critics with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
It's nothing new for jazz musicians to record songs written for Disney films. Dave Brubeck was already playing a number of them prior to recording Dave Digs Disney in 1957, so it is hardly surprising for him to take part in this 2011 release, which covers a wider scope of songs and features a baker's dozen of jazz artists or groups. Brubeck shines with his rollicking trio treatment of "Some Day My Prince Will Come," a piece he has performed as part of his concert repertoire for decades. He's joined by the expressive vocalist Roberta Gambarini (who joined him to sing the premiere of his "Cannery Row Suite" in 2006), who demonstrates why she has been a favorite of critics with her playful scatting in a swinging performance, while Brubeck proves himself once more as one of the most underrated vocal accompanists. Vocalist Dianne Reeves delivers a soulful rendition of "He's a Tramp" in an unusual, sensual arrangement featuring pianist Peter Martin, while vocalist/bassist Esperanza Spalding sings an enchanting wordless duet of "Chim Chim Cher-Ee" with Gil Goldstein (who is overdubbed on piano and accordion). Nikki Yanofsky was only 15 when she recorded a breezy arrangement of "It's a Small World," scored by bassist Rob Fahie for a swinging septet. Violinist Regina Carter's exotic setting of "Find Yourself" includes Gary Versace on accordion and kora player Yacouba Sissoko combining elements of Eastern and Western music. Guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel's intense workout upon the normally low-key "Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)" takes it into unfamiliar territory, while trumpeter Roy Hargrove's hip hard bop scoring of "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" will be an immediate favorite with Disney fans young and old. With the vast amount of memorable original music written for Disney films, this promising CD series could easily continue for a long time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087134044
  • Catalog Number: 000312602
  • Sales rank: 85,946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat - Roy Hargrove (5:01)
  2. 2 Chim Chim Cher-Ee - Esperanza Spalding (3:51)
  3. 3 Some Day My Prince Will Come - Dave Brubeck (4:02)
  4. 4 Find Yourself - Regina Carter (5:16)
  5. 5 You've Got a Friend in Me - Joshua Redman (3:56)
  6. 6 He's a Tramp - Dianne Reeves (4:52)
  7. 7 Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) - Kurt Rosenwinkel (5:39)
  8. 8 Gaston - The Bad Plus (4:27)
  9. 9 Alice in Wonderland - Roberta Gambarini (5:59)
  10. 10 The Bare Necessities - Alfredo Rodriguez (7:13)
  11. 11 It's a Small World - Nikki Yanofsky (3:12)
  12. 12 Belle - Gilad Hekselman (6:24)
  13. 13 Circle of Life - Mark Rapp (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Brubeck Piano
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion
Roy Hargrove Trumpet
Michael Moore Bass
Justin Robinson Alto Saxophone
Joshua Redman Tenor Saxophone
Regina Carter Violin
Ron DiLauro Trumpet
Jean Fréchette Baritone Saxophone
James Genus Acoustic Bass
Gregory Hutchinson Drums
Randy Jones Drums
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Kurt Rosenwinkel Guitar, Piano
Ethan Iverson Piano
Alvester Garnett Percussion, Drums
Gary Versace Accordion
Chris Lightcap Bass
Matt Penman Acoustic Bass
Joe Martin Bass
Reid Anderson Acoustic Bass
Roberta Gambarini Vocals
Peter Martin Piano
Esperanza Spalding Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Dave King Drums
Rene Hart Bass
Yacouba Sissoko Kora
Josh Thurston Milgrom Acoustic Bass
Gilad Hekselman Guitar
Obed Calvaire Percussion, Drums
Paul Shrofel Piano
Mark Rapp Trumpet
Jonathan Batiste Piano
Jamie Reynolds Piano, Keyboards
Ameen Saleem Acoustic Bass
Rob Fahie Bass
Pat Vetter Alto Saxophone
Geoffrey Lang Drums
Tobias Backhaus Drums
Thaddeus Dixon Drums
Christopher Smith Trombone
Greg Gonzales Drums
Alfredo Rodriguez Percussion, Piano
Technical Credits
Peggy Lee Composer
Elton John Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Dave Brubeck Arranger
Roy Hargrove Arranger
Quincy Jones Producer
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Joshua Redman Arranger
Howard Ashman Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Jeff Cressman Engineer
Sammy Fain Composer
Russell Gloyd Producer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Brian Malouf Executive Producer
Alan Menken Composer
Jason Olaine Producer
Dianne Reeves Arranger
Kurt Rosenwinkel Arranger, Producer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Robert B. Sherman Composer
Louie Teran Mastering
Tim Rice Composer
Al Rinker Composer
Anabel Sinn Art Direction
Frank Churchill Composer
Larry Morey Composer
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Brad Paisley Composer
The Bad Plus Arranger
Esperanza Spalding Arranger
Daniel Cinelli Engineer
Rene Hart Arranger
Floyd Huddleston Composer
Gilad Hekselman Arranger
Paul Shrofel Producer
Mark Rapp Arranger
Jamie Reynolds Arranger
Steve Genowick Engineer
Sharada Banman Producer
Rob Fahie Arranger, Producer
Geoffrey Lang Producer
Greg Gonzales Arranger
Alfredo Rodriguez Arranger
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