Kissing Jessica Stein

Kissing Jessica Stein

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There�s hardly a misstep on this lovely soundtrack featuring sparkling performances from many of the greatest female jazz vocalists. Grabbing the spotlight may be our newest diva, Diana Krall, who delivers a specially recorded version of Bob Dorough�s �Devil May Care.� She�s in heavy company: Legendary names like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah

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There�s hardly a misstep on this lovely soundtrack featuring sparkling performances from many of the greatest female jazz vocalists. Grabbing the spotlight may be our newest diva, Diana Krall, who delivers a specially recorded version of Bob Dorough�s �Devil May Care.� She�s in heavy company: Legendary names like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, and Anita O�Day, each bringing a fine standard tune to life, predominate. (Hopefully, the inclusion of Blossom Dearie, whose �Put On a Happy Face� opens the album, and �I Wish You Love� closes it, will give this delightful yet underrated singer a higher profile among jazz neophytes coming to this project. The even more underappreciated Ernestine Anderson unfortunately gets only a lickety-split 59-second version of �There Will Never Be Another You� to display her abundant talents.) The guys chime in, too, at least for one number. Backed by pianist Matt Rolling, Lyle Lovett turns in a credible reading of �Gee Baby Ain�t I Good to You.�

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Romantic comedies aren't something new; back in 1938, Bringing up Baby (starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant) was the definitive romantic comedy of its time. But the genre has evolved over the years, and so have musical tastes. These days, the soundtracks of romantic comedies are likely to have a lot of adult contemporary or pop
ock because those styles of music appeal to their target audience: younger women. But the soundtrack of Kissing Jessica Stein, a romantic comedy from 2002, is a major exception. While other romantic comedy soundtracks will emphasize artists like Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and Whitney Houston -- favorites in the adult contemporary market -- this CD is dominated by vocal jazz (with some traditional pre-rock pop here and there). Verve provides a few new recordings, but most of the soundtrack is devoted to older recordings by well-known vocalists like Anita O'Day ("Taking a Chance on Love"), Shirley Horn ("I Just Found out About Love"), Sarah Vaughan ("It's Crazy"), and Dinah Washington ("Teach Me Tonight"). The material is quite accessible -- nothing abstract or left of center -- and one doesn't have to be a really seasoned jazz fan to get into Ella Fitzgerald's version of "Manhattan" or Blossom Dearie's playful interpretation of "I Wish You Love." In fact, many of the jazz singers on this CD have over the years been able to appeal to pop fans who don't necessarily care for a lot of hardcore instrumental jazz; in other words, the type of listener who might love Vaughan and Fitzgerald but doesn't necessarily have a lot of John Coltrane or Art Blakey CDs in his/her collection. This is a pleasant, likable soundtrack that won't intimidate those who like their jazz singing accessible and easy to absorb.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731458964629
catalogNumber:
589646

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peggy Lee   Track Performer
Lyle Lovett   Vocals,Track Performer
Ernestine Anderson   Vocals,Track Performer
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Blossom Dearie   Vocals,Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Track Performer
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Herbie Mann   Flute
Shelly Manne   Drums
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Matt Rollings   Piano,Track Performer
Bud Shank   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Paul Smith   Piano
Dinah Washington   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Russell Malone   Guitar
Jack Marshall   Conductor
Corky Hale   Harp
Anita O'Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Ables   Bass
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
Milt Holland   Banjo,Glockenspiel,Marimbas,Xylophone,Timpani,Vibes,Tubular Bells
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Jeff King   Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Carmen McRae   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Concert Master
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals,Track Performer
Willie Schwartz   Flute
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Ben Wolfe   Bass
Specs Wright   Drums
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Arnold Koblentz   English Horn,Oboe
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Jill Phillips   Vocals,Track Performer
Steve "Syco Steve" Williams   Drums
Ike Isaacs Trio   Bass
Steve Bryant   Bass
Robert LaMarchina   Cello
John Poole   Drums

Technical Credits

Joe South   Composer
Bob Dorough   Composer
Matt Rollings   Producer
Sy Oliver   Director
Pete Rugolo   Director
Jack Marshall   Arranger
Hal Mooney   Director
Vernon Duke   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
John Latouche   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Chris Farren   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ted Fetter   Composer
Ken Levitan   Producer
Dave Cavanaugh   Producer
Terrell Kirk   Composer

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Kissing Jessica Stein 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The sound track to this was so Jazzy. Very very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best soundtracks I ever heard, It transports you to another era and see the New York ligths even if you are in Los Angeles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone, Who sings that one hip hop number in the movie? It's not featured on the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all the artists represented, so imagine my joy when I saw the movie and realized that they'd all be on the same album! Each is good, though I will admit that I'm a big fan of Diana Krall and this specially recorded version of Devil May Care is not only excellent, but is a wonderful example of her sheer brilliance in the modern jazz scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is fabulous. One of my favorite tracks (other than my all-time favorite Diana Krall's Devil May Care) is "Manhattan" sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Most of the other tracks are great as well. Add this cd to your collection - you won't be sorry.