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|Linda Ronstadt||Primary Artist, Vocals|
|Roy Hargrove||Flugelhorn, Soloist|
|Bob Sheppard||Tenor Saxophone|
|Jim Horn||Tenor Saxophone|
|David "Fathead" Newman||Tenor Saxophone, Soloist|
|John Boylan||Producer, Audio Production|
|George Massenburg||Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production|
|Isabelle Wong||Graphic Design|
|Hollis King||Art Direction|
|Jack J. Canning||Composer|
Posted November 9, 2012
Posted October 1, 2010
She has a lovely voice, but she brings her R&R tendency not to pronounce the whole word to her singing of the old standards. The truly great interpreters do pronounce the terminal "g". Indeed, they pronounce the whole word correctly in standard English. That's why Linda and Rod (who also needs a voice) will never be great interpreters of the Great American Songbook. But they will be laughing all the way....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
No disrespect intended to the previous reviewer, but why is it that so many people (I guess they're the purists) think the Great American Standard must be sung as if the singer is teaching an English grammar class? That being asked, I went and listened again to this CD before I wrote this and I challenge the previous reviewer to cite specific examples of when Linda failed to pronounce necessary consonants during her performance on this CD. As a matter of fact, the first thing that struck me on first hearing this work was that she has obviously learned a lot about phrasing since her previous work with Nelson Riddle. This CD is fabulous. Linda is an artist. I am sure she did not set out to mimic Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald or any of the other greats. What she does here is put her own unique stamp on these songs. Her voice is marvelous; whether she is singing softly or belting. If you want to get a sample of how her phrasing has matured, listen to Miss Otis Regrets. I believe it is the standout track on this CD and one which could become the definitive version. However, what I like most about this work is that each track is sung with unique vocal skill. Although the voice is the same, the inflection and coloration is very different. The opening number, Tell Him I Said Hello, is sung in a very even manner with little vocal modulation; the emphasis here being her voice. Miss Otis Regrets is all about telling a story, so there is more attention given to diction and pronounciation. Blue Prelude is a true upbeat jazz song so the she gets very sassy. When she tackles I'll Be Seeing You, she employs her legendary vocal heartbreak, reminicent of her 1974 rendition of Heart Like A Wheel. If you don't get a lump in your throat listening to this track, I'd be surprised. The musicians accompanying Linda are top notch from start to finish and the entire CD is obviosly a labour of love. Bravo Linda. This is one great musical achievement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.