Live East/West: Birdland/Yoshi's

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jacqui Naylor is a rarity -- a singer/songwriter who often headlines well-known jazz clubs but is likely to include a lot of folk-rock performances in her sets. Naylor is quite capable of performing straight-ahead jazz, drawing on influences like Billie Holiday and June Christy. But on this live double CD -- which includes a disc that was recorded at Birdland in New York City in 2003 and Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, in 2004 -- Naylor doesn't stick to straight-ahead jazz by any means. Live East/West: Birdland/Yoshi's shows the Northern Californian to be a bluesy jazz vocalist who is equally appealing as a bluesy folk-rock/adult alternative artist. Naylor's folk-rock side ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jacqui Naylor is a rarity -- a singer/songwriter who often headlines well-known jazz clubs but is likely to include a lot of folk-rock performances in her sets. Naylor is quite capable of performing straight-ahead jazz, drawing on influences like Billie Holiday and June Christy. But on this live double CD -- which includes a disc that was recorded at Birdland in New York City in 2003 and Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, in 2004 -- Naylor doesn't stick to straight-ahead jazz by any means. Live East/West: Birdland/Yoshi's shows the Northern Californian to be a bluesy jazz vocalist who is equally appealing as a bluesy folk-rock/adult alternative artist. Naylor's folk-rock side asserts itself on her original material as well as arrangements of the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" -- and when she's in folk-rock/adult alternative mode, one hears a healthy appreciation of Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, and Sheryl Crow. But Naylor's jazz side prevails on performances of George Gershwin's "But Not for Me" and Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones." Of course, the fact that Naylor fluctuates between folk-rock and vocal jazz doesn't mean that she's going out of her way to compartmentalize -- it isn't like she's consciously saying, "OK, I'm going to be influenced by Tracy Chapman at 9:30 and June Christy at 9:35." Naylor has genuinely eclectic tastes, and whether she veers closer to folk-rock or vocal jazz is merely a matter of what feels good on a particular song. Also, the two can easily overlap; on "Black Coffee," for example, she brings to mind Chapman and Billie Holiday simultaneously. Live East/West isn't recommended to bop snobs or jazz purists, but those who are broad-minded enough to enjoy Anita O'Day one minute and 10,000 Maniacs the next will find this two-CD set to be excellent and delightfully unpredictable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Ruby Records
  • UPC: 667811327827
  • Catalog Number: 113278
  • Sales rank: 113,973

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jacqui Naylor Primary Artist, Vocals
Danny Gottlieb Drums
Michaelle Goerlitz Percussion
Josh Jones Percussion, Drums
Jon Evans Bass
Jason Lewis Drums
Michael Romanowski Steel Guitar
Ugonna Okegwo Bass
Jessica Ivry Cello
Art Khu Organ, Piano, Electric Guitar
Alison Evans Background Vocals
Alison Evans Background Vocals
Ark Khu Organ, Piano, Electric Guitar
Micha Patri Percussion, Drums
Brian Pardo Guitar (Nylon String)
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Carole King Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
James Taylor Composer
Roger Waters Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Brian Eno Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Chris Frantz Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Dave Mann Composer
Michael Romanowski Mastering
Jacqui Naylor Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Michael Bluestein Arranger
Art Khu Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ark Khu Audio Production
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