Double Standards

Double Standards

by Lea DeLaria
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408550928
catalogNumber:
85509

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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

Doors   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Jane's Addiction   Composer
Robert Wyatt   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Giorgio Moroder   Composer
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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