Kissing Jessica Stein

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.”
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 731458964629
  • Catalog Number: 589646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Put on a Happy Face - Blossom Dearie (2:14)
  2. 2 It's Crazy - Sarah Vaughan (4:57)
  3. 3 Takin' a Chance on Love - Anita O'Day (2:24)
  4. 4 That Could Happen to Us - Jill Phillips (3:23)
  5. 5 There Will Never Be Another You - Ernestine Anderson (1:02)
  6. 6 I Just Found Out About Love - Shirley Horn (2:27)
  7. 7 Manhattan - Ella Fitzgerald (2:51)
  8. 8 Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington (2:47)
  9. 9 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You? - Matt Rollings (5:00)
  10. 10 Exactly Like You - Carmen McRae (2:11)
  11. 11 I Don't Know Enough About You - Peggy Lee (3:00)
  12. 12 Devil May Care - Diana Krall (3:20)
  13. 13 What a Little Moonlight Can Do - Billie Holiday (3:14)
  14. 14 I Wish You Love - Blossom Dearie (2:08)
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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
Steve Bryant 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 Sr. 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
Robert LaMarchina Cello
John Poole Drums
Technical Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Joe South Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Matt Rollings Producer
Sy Oliver Director
Pete Rugolo Director
Jack Marshall Arranger
Hal Mooney Director
Vernon Duke Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
John Latouche Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
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
Al Fields Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Soundtrack!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Dose of New York

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Movie & Soundtrack

    The sound track to this was so Jazzy. Very very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Found it!! The best Romantic Classic Jazz CD ever!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What about the hip hop song?

    Anyone, Who sings that one hip hop number in the movie? It's not featured on the soundtrack.

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