Live the Life

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Jazz vocalist Ilona Knopfler sings in both English and French on Live the Life. Accompanied by an international band that adds its special musical flavorings, Knopfler swings, scats, and offers her expressive interpretations of music from the pens of such great composers as Ivan Lins, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, and Thomas Dorsey among others. Opening with a great cover of "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About," this song traverses three distinct styles. The intro is characterized by its a cappella harmonization behind Knopfler's motive development. It then segues into a bass and vocals duet in English that spotlights her comprehensive phrasing before a burst of ...
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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Jazz vocalist Ilona Knopfler sings in both English and French on Live the Life. Accompanied by an international band that adds its special musical flavorings, Knopfler swings, scats, and offers her expressive interpretations of music from the pens of such great composers as Ivan Lins, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, and Thomas Dorsey among others. Opening with a great cover of "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About," this song traverses three distinct styles. The intro is characterized by its a cappella harmonization behind Knopfler's motive development. It then segues into a bass and vocals duet in English that spotlights her comprehensive phrasing before a burst of French harmonization leads to an intense straight-ahead jazz solo by saxophonist Antonio Hart. On "Le Jazz et la Java," which is also sung in French, Knopfler engages in a conversation with trumpeter Sean Jones. This excellent call-and-response section represents one of the many great highlights on the CD and reinforces the universal idea that music erases many language barriers. Knopfler's vocal tones cover the mezzo-soprano to alto range, but on this highly entertaining offering, she eloquently alternates the harmonic rhythm, supportive and interactive comping, and soloist's viewpoint in two languages with seamless ease and professionalism. Highly recommended..
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203102125
  • Catalog Number: 31021
  • Sales rank: 150,612

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ilona Knopfler Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Simon Shaheen Oud
Paquito d'Rivera Clarinet
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone
Rufus Reid Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Davis Trombone
Jay Ashby Percussion, Trombone, Alto Trombone
Marty Ashby Guitar
James Genus Bass, Bass Guitar
Jamey Haddad Percussion, Drums
Alain Mallet Piano, Celeste
Darmon Meader Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Kim Nazarian Background Vocals
Steve Shehan Percussion, Trombone
Ingrid Jensen Trumpet
Jim Hynes Trumpet
Gildas Boclé Bass, Bass Guitar
Anne Williams Cello
Marcello Pellitteri Drums
Sean Jones Trumpet
Roger M. Rosenburg Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Tatjana Mead Chamis Viola
Mike Tamaro Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Roger Rosenburg Baritone (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Ivan Lins Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Charles Aznavour Composer
Abbey Lincoln Composer
Jay Ashby Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Richard King Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Alain Mallet Arranger
Darmon Meader Arranger
Al Pryor Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Doctor John Wilson Arranger
Eugene Maslov Arranger
Pauli Ewing Management
Claude Nougaro Composer
Maria Ehrenreich Producer, Director Of Creative Services
Philippe Laffont Engineer
Murray Grand Composer
Eddy Marnay Composer
Brian J. McKenna Contributor
Gretchen Carhartt Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Jacques Datin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Thumbs Up

    I just listened to “Live the Life” and I really liked it. Ilona performs a rich collection of classic songs penned by greats such as Thelonious Monk, Thomas A. Dorsey and Claude Nougaro. I think it’s kind of cool how she mixes the English lyrics with her native French because I don’t hear that too often. I really think this album is worth buying…it’s extremely enjoyable!

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