Lucky Girl

Lucky Girl

by Jacqui Naylor
     
 

Jacqui Naylor has never been afraid to keep listeners guessing. She performs straight-ahead vocal jazz so convincingly that some admirers think that she is really a jazz singer at heart; she performs folk-rock and adult alternative so convincingly that other admirers believe that she is really a singer/songwriter at heart. And Naylor doesn't become any easier to… See more details below

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Jacqui Naylor has never been afraid to keep listeners guessing. She performs straight-ahead vocal jazz so convincingly that some admirers think that she is really a jazz singer at heart; she performs folk-rock and adult alternative so convincingly that other admirers believe that she is really a singer/songwriter at heart. And Naylor doesn't become any easier to categorize on Lucky Girl, which not only contains vocal jazz and folk-rock/adult alternative performances, but also moves into soul territory at times. This 2011 release finds Naylor putting her spin on a variety of familiar songs, which range from Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's "Close the Door" (a major solo hit for the late Teddy Pendergrass in 1978, which was two years after he left Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) to Henry Mancini's "Moon River" to Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." And Naylor still has fun with "acoustic smashing," which is her term for combining songs in unorthodox ways. For example, her interpretation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" borrows the melody of George Benson's "Breezin'"; it's not what one expects from that Tin Pan Alley standard, but Naylor makes the two songs sound like a perfectly natural combination. And she even manages to surprise us on the Matt Dennis warhorse "Angel Eyes," which is one of those great but overdone standards that has been absolutely beaten to death over the years. Naylor's unlikely version is surprisingly funky; rarely does one hear "Angel Eyes" performed with such an overt R&B influence. The original songs (Naylor co-wrote nine of the CD's eleven tracks with pianist and longtime collaborator Art Khu) aren't any less surprising; one never knows if a Naylor/Khu original will favor straight-ahead jazz or folk-rock/adult alternative. Naylor's sense of adventure is alive and well on Lucky Girl, which is yet another creative triumph for the hard-to-categorize vocalist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Ruby Star
UPC:
0667811582523
catalogNumber:
115825
Rank:
174018

Tracks

  1. Lucky Girl  - Jacqui Naylor
  2. Nothing Could Be Better Than You  - Jacqui Naylor
  3. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top  - Jacqui Naylor
  4. Since I Love You  - Jacqui Naylor
  5. It Was Supposed To Work Out  - Jacqui Naylor
  6. Only Love Can Break Your Heart  - Jacqui Naylor
  7. Dreamin' Prayin' Wishin'  - Jacqui Naylor
  8. Moon River  - Jacqui Naylor
  9. Sunshine And Rain  - Jacqui Naylor
  10. I Promise  - Jacqui Naylor
  11. Angel Eyes  - Jacqui Naylor
  12. Close The Door  - Jacqui Naylor
  13. You're My Favorite Person  - Jacqui Naylor
  14. I Can't Make You Love Me  - Jacqui Naylor
  15. Beautiful  - Jacqui Naylor

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