Live Every Minute

Live Every Minute

by Oscar Brown Jr.
     
 

Oscar Brown, Jr. was 71 when, in June 1998, the veteran jazz vocalist traveled to Hamburg, Germany and recorded Live Every Minute for Minor Music, a German label. By that age, some singers will lose a lot of their vocal power -- Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Ella…  See more details below

Overview

Oscar Brown, Jr. was 71 when, in June 1998, the veteran jazz vocalist traveled to Hamburg, Germany and recorded Live Every Minute for Minor Music, a German label. By that age, some singers will lose a lot of their vocal power -- Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald are three examples of once-great singers whose voices had deteriorated considerably by the time they reached their late sixties or early seventies. On the other hand, Carmen McRae and Jimmy Scott still sounded great at 70; so it varies from singer to singer. Thankfully, Brown's voice is holding up nicely on Live Every Minute, which finds him revisiting the lyrics that he wrote for Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere," Stanley Turrentine's "Long As You're Living, " and Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce" in his younger days. These 1998 versions aren't definitive, but they're enjoyably swinging -- and they demonstrate that Brown still had a lot of soul at 71. Although the Chicago native is famous for writing lyrics to familiar bop tunes that started out as instrumentals, most of the melodies that he embraces on this CD are his own -- melodies that range from playfully funky ("Mr. Kicks") to reflective ("It's October") to melancholy ("World Full of Gray"). The latter is about growing older and coming to the realization that the world usually isn't black and white but rather, a shade of gray. So why is the song melancholy? Because seeing two sides of the story (political, romantic, or whatever) when you're 35 or 40 is tougher, harder, and more challenging than seeing things in black and white when you're 19 and mindlessly idealistic; ignorance is bliss, after all. Live Every Minute isn't among Brown's essential releases, but it's a solid, pleasing effort that the singer's diehard fans will appreciate.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Minor Music
UPC:
0033585507121
catalogNumber:
801071

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Brown   Primary Artist,Vocals
Vladislav Sendecki   Piano
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Gallardo   Trombone
Christof Lauer   Saxophone
Lennart Axelsson   Trumpet
Stefan Diez   Guitar
Aaron Graves   Piano
Steve Gray   Conductor
Nils Landgren   Trombone
Lucas Lindholm   Bass
Reiner Winterschladen   Trumpet
Ingolf Burkhardt   Trumpet
Steffen Schorn   Saxophone
Peter Bolte   Saxophone
Lutz Büchner   Saxophone
Fiete Felsch   Saxophone
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Drums
Claus Stötter   Trumpet
Stefan Lottemann   Trombone

Technical Credits

Julian Priester   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Tommy Turrentine   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Oscar Brown   Composer,Author
Charlie Parker   Composer

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