New York City Drag

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Lorraine Feather daughter of critic Leonard Feather has made her mark as a lyricist and singer, with her former group, Full Swing, and also in non-jazz settings. New York City Drag is certainly a major change of pace, for she is featured singing a set of Fats Waller songs. Not heard are the usual Waller standards such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" because this set is something much different. Feather wrote lyrics to a dozen of Waller's piano pieces, including "Blue Black Bottom," "Numb Fumblin'," "Valentine Stomp," "African Ripples," and other tunes that had never been sung before. She created stories to each of the songs, changing the titles and turning ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Lorraine Feather daughter of critic Leonard Feather has made her mark as a lyricist and singer, with her former group, Full Swing, and also in non-jazz settings. New York City Drag is certainly a major change of pace, for she is featured singing a set of Fats Waller songs. Not heard are the usual Waller standards such as "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" because this set is something much different. Feather wrote lyrics to a dozen of Waller's piano pieces, including "Blue Black Bottom," "Numb Fumblin'," "Valentine Stomp," "African Ripples," and other tunes that had never been sung before. She created stories to each of the songs, changing the titles and turning them into fascinating narratives. Fortunately, her appealing voice is strong enough to essay the tricky intervals, and one can always understand what she is singing. Particularly delightful are her words to "The Minor Drag" "You're Outta Here", "Gladyse" "She's Gettin' Some", "Clothes Line Ballet" "New York City Drag", and "Fractious Fingering" "Jukebox". Accompanied by either Dick Hyman or Mike Lang on piano, along with occasional quiet rhythm guitar from John Pisano, plus sometimes bass and drums, Lorraine Feather is heard on the most significant album of her career. And on "Cezanne," she is joined by Fats Waller himself via his recording of "Smashing Thirds." Waller would have thoroughly enjoyed this inspired and highly original set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Rhombus Records
  • UPC: 768707702022
  • Catalog Number: 7020
  • Sales rank: 212,906

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're Outa Here (2:45)
  2. 2 Too Good Lookin' - Michael Lang (4:00)
  3. 3 California Street (3:37)
  4. 4 Gal on the Side, Pt 2: She's Gettin' Some (3:20)
  5. 5 In Living Black and White - Michael Lang (4:30)
  6. 6 Alligator Crawl (3:04)
  7. 7 Timeless Rag - Michael Lang (3:22)
  8. 8 The Gal on the Side, Pt 1: The Garden Gate (4:07)
  9. 9 New York City Drag (3:33)
  10. 10 Jukebox (2:34)
  11. 11 You and Yours (3:57)
  12. 12 Cezanne (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lorraine Feather Primary Artist
Terri Lyne Carrington Drums
Dick Hyman Piano
Michael Lang Piano
Yutaka Yokokura Vocals
Technical Credits
Lorraine Feather Producer
Dick & Dee Dee Arranger
Geoff Gillette Engineer
Michael Lang Arranger
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Yutaka Yokokura Engineer
Charles Champlin Liner Notes
Mike B. Arranger
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