Double Standards

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It takes a nervy performer to pull off what Lea DeLaria attempts here: approaching alternative rock songs as jazz tunes. But DeLaria is nothing if not a fearless artist, and she succeeds in spades. Nerve goes only so far without vocal talent, and DeLaria has the goods to transform such unlikely fare as Jane's Addiction's "Been Caught Stealing," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," and No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl" into emotionally affecting vocal pieces. With a supporting team that includes jazz heavyweights like pianist Gil Goldstein and bassist Christian McBride, DeLaria is in good hands. But ultimately the kudos must go to this imaginative, multitalented performer. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
It takes a nervy performer to pull off what Lea DeLaria attempts here: approaching alternative rock songs as jazz tunes. But DeLaria is nothing if not a fearless artist, and she succeeds in spades. Nerve goes only so far without vocal talent, and DeLaria has the goods to transform such unlikely fare as Jane's Addiction's "Been Caught Stealing," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," and No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl" into emotionally affecting vocal pieces. With a supporting team that includes jazz heavyweights like pianist Gil Goldstein and bassist Christian McBride, DeLaria is in good hands. But ultimately the kudos must go to this imaginative, multitalented performer. Everyone keeps complaining that they “don’t write ‘em like they used to” -- maybe so, but DeLaria proves that you can find gold in the most unlikely places.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
A classicist in the guise of a punk iconoclast, comedienne and Broadway star Lea DeLaria delivers a wry mix of contemporary pop and rock tunes -- all done in a straight-ahead jazz style -- on Double Standards. For jazz fans who decry the death of American Popular Song, Double Standards should be a revelation, as DeLaria has picked a varied set of songs by such iconic artists as Neil Young, Green Day, and even Jane's Addiction that wouldn't sound at all out of place in an intimate jazz club. With a burnished, velvety voice that often recalls a mix of Blossom Dearie and Carmen McRae, DeLaria is perfectly suited to a modern jazz setting. To these ends, she turns Blondie's "Call Me" into a slinky, minor '60s ballad; converts No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl" into a peppy uptempo swinger perfect for Ella Fitzgerald; and stretches Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" into an epic, meditative modal ballad that sounds like Nina Simone covering a John Coltrane ballad. Adding a post-bop elegance to the proceedings are saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist Gil Goldstein, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Bill Stewart, and others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros Uk
  • UPC: 093624827429
  • Catalog Number: 248274
  • Sales rank: 265,528

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dancing Barefoot (5:48)
  2. 2 Kiko and the Lavender Moon (5:31)
  3. 3 Call Me (5:16)
  4. 4 Philadelphia (4:48)
  5. 5 Just a Girl (3:35)
  6. 6 Been Caught Stealing (4:12)
  7. 7 Black Hole Sun (5:54)
  8. 8 People Are Strange (5:44)
  9. 9 Tattooed Love Boys (5:02)
  10. 10 Alliance (6:00)
  11. 11 Longview (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lea DeLaria Primary Artist, Vocals
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Seamus Blake Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Christian McBride Bass, Bass Guitar
Adam Rogers Guitar
Bill Stewart Drums
Stefon Harris Marimbas, Vibes
Bill Hayes Glass Harmonica
Technical Credits
The Doors Composer
Debbie Harry Composer
Jane's Addiction Composer
Robert Wyatt Composer
Neil Young Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Giorgio Moroder Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Chris Cornell Composer
Green Day Composer
Ken Freeman Engineer
David Hidalgo Composer
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Ivan Král Composer
Matt Pierson Producer, Audio Production
Tom Dumont Composer
Billie Joe Armstrong Composer
Mary Ann McSweeney Arranger
Mike Lohr Art Direction
Whitney Ashe Arranger
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