Mood Swings

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
These days, jazz often functions as repertory music; there are plenty of faceless, totally predictable "Young Lions" (both instrumentalists and singers) who insist on doing the same old George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter standards the same old way. But Kathy Kosins, to her credit, doesn't inundate listeners with beaten-to-death warhorses on Mood Swings. A jazz vocalist with R&B and pop influences, Kosins co-wrote seven of the 11 songs on this CD -- and her writing is decent on material that ranges from the languorous "Paradise" to the swinging "No Ordinary Joe." The only song on Mood Swings that jazz singers have beaten to death over the years is Don ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
These days, jazz often functions as repertory music; there are plenty of faceless, totally predictable "Young Lions" (both instrumentalists and singers) who insist on doing the same old George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter standards the same old way. But Kathy Kosins, to her credit, doesn't inundate listeners with beaten-to-death warhorses on Mood Swings. A jazz vocalist with R&B and pop influences, Kosins co-wrote seven of the 11 songs on this CD -- and her writing is decent on material that ranges from the languorous "Paradise" to the swinging "No Ordinary Joe." The only song on Mood Swings that jazz singers have beaten to death over the years is Don Redman's "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You"; the other non-originals that Kosins successfully interprets range from Jackie Gleason's "Melancholy Serenade" (which was the theme from the '50s sitcom The Honeymooners) to Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." The latter is arguably Mood Swings' most imaginative offering; while Hendrix's original 1967 version of "Foxy Lady" was an early example of heavy metal/hard rock, Kosins demonstrates that the gem can also work well as dusky vocal jazz. To some myopic jazz snobs, a rock classic like "Foxy Lady" is something to be avoided. But Gil Evans didn't feel that way, and Kosins obviously doesn't either. Again, Kosins is a jazz singer with R&B and pop influences. Parts of Mood Swings are straight-ahead jazz, and parts of it favor more of a crossover/quiet storm approach. And why should Kosins be a jazz snob? Rock, R&B, and jazz all thrive on blues feeling and are all part of the same family. Mood Swings isn't a masterpiece, but it is a generally pleasant, respectable effort that finds the Detroit native continuing to grow and move forward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • UPC: 091454022021
  • Catalog Number: 220

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Kosins Primary Artist, Vocals
Rob Parton Trumpet
Danny Cox Drums
Ruben Alvarez Percussion
Eric Hochberg Bass
Paul Keller Bass
Howard Levy Harmonica
Gary Nester Synthesizer, Piano
David Onderdonk Guitar
Pete Siers Drums
Jeff Stout Trumpet
Michael Whalen Strings, Vibes
Jim Gwin Cymbals
Michael King Guitar
Paul Finkbeiner Trumpet
Rick Roe Piano
Shawn "Thunder" Wallace Tenor Saxophone
Sunny Wilkinson Vocals
Gerald Cleaver Drums
Tim Coffman Trombone
Jim Gailloreto Tenor Saxophone
Robert Pipho Vibes
Dennis Sheridan Percussion
Chris Frazer Smith Trombone
Andrew Bishop Tenor Saxophone
Ellen Rowe Piano, Strings
Technical Credits
Larry Hinds Engineer
Paul Keller Arranger
Kathy Kosins Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Artwork
Paul Libman Arranger, Producer
Gary Nester Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Will Spencer Engineer
Michael Whalen Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bobby Jackson Liner Notes
Michael P. Tanner Graphic Design
Ellen Rowe Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
B. J. Hunter Composer
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