Lea DeLaria: Play It Cool

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
On Play It Cool, her debut CD for Warner Bros. Records, vocalist Lea DeLaria reinterprets 11 compositions from contemporary musical theater, including "Cool" from West Side Story, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" from Sweeney Todd, and "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Her vocal instrument is both complementary and unique in its interpretations of the lyrics, and covers a broad range of musical theater, both comedy and drama. This is not an easy task. DeLaria utilizes several vocal techniques to bring each song to life, including scatting, elongated phrasing, swing, and balladeering. She also makes excellent use of the basic skills of music theory: harmony, rhythm, and melody. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
On Play It Cool, her debut CD for Warner Bros. Records, vocalist Lea DeLaria reinterprets 11 compositions from contemporary musical theater, including "Cool" from West Side Story, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" from Sweeney Todd, and "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Her vocal instrument is both complementary and unique in its interpretations of the lyrics, and covers a broad range of musical theater, both comedy and drama. This is not an easy task. DeLaria utilizes several vocal techniques to bring each song to life, including scatting, elongated phrasing, swing, and balladeering. She also makes excellent use of the basic skills of music theory: harmony, rhythm, and melody. Among the more memorable highlights on the CD is her great phrasing and delivery on "Lowdown-Down" from The Wild Party. Her vocals provide an excellent foil for the saxophone voices of Seamus Blake, Roger Rosenberg, Vincent Herring, and Scott Robinson, who play tenor, baritone, alto, and bass, respectively. Her up-tempo swinging rendition of "Once in a Lifetime" is a refreshing change from the overly used ballad approach of the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley hit from Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. She's doing great things on this CD, and it is one any collector of Broadway show tunes would appreciate having in his or her collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624799320
  • Catalog Number: 47993
  • Sales rank: 260,377

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lea DeLaria Primary Artist, Vocals
Howard Alden Acoustic Guitar
Larry Goldings Bass, Piano
Gil Goldstein Piano, Accordion
Bob Stewart Tuba
Tom Varner French Horn
Scott Robinson Bass Saxophone
Seamus Blake Tenor Saxophone
Larry Grenadier Bass
Gregory Hutchinson Drums
Brad Mehldau Piano
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Scott Wendholt Trumpet
Jon Gordon Alto Saxophone
Keith O'Quin Trombone
Technical Credits
Larry Goldings Arranger
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Greg Calbi Mastering
James Farber Engineer
Matt Pierson Producer
Andy Snitzer Engineer
John McMahon Arranger
Mike Lohr Art Direction
James A. Farber Engineering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A surprising talent who needs to be better known

    I saw her on Sandra Bernhard's talk show, and after some clowning around and obvious lesbian comedy she sang ''All That Jazz'' accompanied by piano and base. Wow, what an astounding voice! Clear, delightful jazz phrasing. I was amazed that a talent like this wasn't better known. I wasn't sure of her name or the title of the CD but went looking for it to hear more. Every cut is a winner, but my favorite is ''Life Has Been Good To Me'' from Randy Newman's ''Faust'' Her voice is strong but with the soft hint of a drawl. At times she reminds me of a young,unaffected Peggy Lee. More, I want more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lea Rules!!

    This CD is all musical theater songs rearranged in the MOST COOL JAZZ arrangements I've heard in a long,long time. She has a phenomenal sound that keeps me smiling and tapping, especially those wonderful rich, warm, round, chocolaty tones at the bottom. The musicians are fabulous. ''Play It Cool'' manages to take me from dancing to just sitting in wonder at the emotional involvement she brings to songs like ''With Every Breath I Take''. My god, I'm in heaven. Lea, I Love You.

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