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Jazz Playground

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Putumayo Kids has built a strong reputation for providing dance and ethnic musics that may be directed at kids, but are respectable enough and listenable enough to please parents at the same time. With Jazz Playground, they take a stab at going the other direction in essence -- finding music from a mature genre that can still appeal to kids. The result is a

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Putumayo Kids has built a strong reputation for providing dance and ethnic musics that may be directed at kids, but are respectable enough and listenable enough to please parents at the same time. With Jazz Playground, they take a stab at going the other direction in essence -- finding music from a mature genre that can still appeal to kids. The result is a mixed bag, unfortunately -- the vocals almost universally cater to the young ones, full of overwrought enunciation and adding affectation to every bit of lyric. This is more straightforward kids music, hamming it up for a reaction regardless of the kind of reaction. The music, however, gives a different picture. There's a tendency in kid-directed jazz toward simpler rhythms and basic rocking motives. Gypsy jazz becomes the vehicle for this a surprising amount of the time, with a touch of swing band occasionally thrown in. The musicians here are all entirely capable, producing a nice backdrop. It's when they diverge that it really gets interesting. Famoro Dioubaté provides a strong marimba behind "Shortnin' Bread." The band behind Barbara Morrison provides Wes Montgomery-style guitar and Bill Evans-style piano. It's a nice album, still in the vein of the other Putumayo Playground releases and their parent-friendly music, but may lack some of the massive pep and pop that other releases have carried for the kids.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2010
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248029924
catalogNumber:
299

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Technical Credits

Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer,Song Selection
David Llewellyn   Composer
Bob Harrison   Composer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations,Cover Art
Eldad Tarmu   Arranger
Peter Fand   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Cats & the Fiddle   Composer
Jose Conde   Composer
Mona Kayhan   Executive Producer,Song Selection
Oran Etkin   Composer
Jamie Saxe   Composer
Triocephale   Composer
Kaitlin Ketchum   Liner Notes
Aguinaldo Guilherme Tavares   Composer
Modern Conya   Composer
Thijs Borsten   Composer
Peer De Graaf   Composer

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