It's About Love

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
All too often, straight-ahead jazz has, in recent decades, been a victim of terrible marketing. Trying to give jazz snob appeal doesn't work -- it merely ghettoizes and segregates the music -- and those going around calling jazz "America's classical music" only further the misconception that it can only appeal to a small group of intellectuals. Occasionally, a straight-ahead jazz artist is marketed brilliantly; Diana Krall has managed to connect with pop culture even though she isn't a pop singer. But she's the exception instead of the rule. Regrettably, elitists in the jazz world usually turn their noses up when labels release "jazz for lovers" collections, but if such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
All too often, straight-ahead jazz has, in recent decades, been a victim of terrible marketing. Trying to give jazz snob appeal doesn't work -- it merely ghettoizes and segregates the music -- and those going around calling jazz "America's classical music" only further the misconception that it can only appeal to a small group of intellectuals. Occasionally, a straight-ahead jazz artist is marketed brilliantly; Diana Krall has managed to connect with pop culture even though she isn't a pop singer. But she's the exception instead of the rule. Regrettably, elitists in the jazz world usually turn their noses up when labels release "jazz for lovers" collections, but if such collections can reach those who have only a casual interest in jazz, then why not? Released in early 2001, It's About Love is a nicely assembled compilation that uses the "jazz for lovers" concept to draw attention to Arkadia Jazz's catalog. As one might expect, ballads are dominant. Highlights of the CD, which spans 1996-1999, include Benny Golson performing Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," Randy Brecker performing "My Funny Valentine," and singer Mary Pearson performing "The More I See You." Even soprano saxman Dave Liebman, who is no stranger to avant-garde jazz and outside improvisation, gets romantic, interpreting Billy Eckstine's "I Want to Talk About You." Not all of the songs are old standards from the 1930s and 1940s; Talib Kibwe's "It's Really All About Love" and pianist Uli Lenz's "A Perfect Couple" are original pieces, and "My Cherie Amour" which pianist Joanne Brackeen interprets was one of Stevie Wonder's major hits in the 1960s. This CD isn't challenging, but then, Arkadia never claimed that it was. It's About Love is exactly what it's supposed to be: an enjoyable collection of acoustic mood music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • Label: Arkadia Jazz
  • UPC: 602267005523
  • Catalog Number: 70055
  • Sales rank: 344,883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mood Indigo (6:44)
  2. 2 A Summer Affair (5:48)
  3. 3 My Cherie Amour (4:38)
  4. 4 My Funny Valentine - Randy Brecker (8:37)
  5. 5 'Round Midnight (5:06)
  6. 6 It's Really All About Love (4:27)
  7. 7 The More I See You - Mary Pearson (5:18)
  8. 8 Interlude (6:02)
  9. 9 Passionata (5:53)
  10. 10 Ask Me Now (6:28)
  11. 11 I Want to Talk About You (4:51)
  12. 12 A Perfect Couple (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joanne Brackeen Piano
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Vic Juris Guitar
Lee Konitz Saxophone
Harold Land Saxophone
Ted Rosenthal Piano
Kenny Drew Jr. Piano
Eric Reed Piano
Santi Debriano Bass
Lewis Nash Drums
Carl Allen Drums
Mike Bradley Drums
Randy Brecker Flugelhorn
Nigel Clark Guitar
Ira Coleman Bass
Guilherme Franco Percussion
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández Drums
Chip Jackson Bass
Steve Johns Drums
Dean Johnson Bass
David Liebman Saxophone
Mulgrew Miller Piano
Billy Taylor Piano
Ewen Vernal Bass
Ron Vincent Drums
Peter Washington Bass
James Weidman Piano
Rodney Whitaker Bass
Buster Williams Bass
Lynne Arriale Piano
Uli Lenz Piano
T.K. Blue Flute, Alto Flute
Lenny Argese Guitar
Mary Pearson Vocals
Paul Tobey Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kenny Drew Composer
Nigel Clark Composer
Henry Cosby Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Sylvia Moy Composer
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