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So Many Stars
     

So Many Stars

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by Kathleen Battle
 
So Many Stars is the kind of album you want to hate. The idea of blending Kathleen Battle's soprano voice with accomplished jazz musicians such as Grover Washington, Jr. and Cyrus Chestnut is the sort of idea that makes most serious music fans cringe. Surprisingly, Battle manages to pull it off. She

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So Many Stars is the kind of album you want to hate. The idea of blending Kathleen Battle's soprano voice with accomplished jazz musicians such as Grover Washington, Jr. and Cyrus Chestnut is the sort of idea that makes most serious music fans cringe. Surprisingly, Battle manages to pull it off. She succeeds because of her subdued approach, which is a bit of a surprise considering that the artist is best known for her raging temper. She takes on several familiar songs such as "Steal Away," "Going Home," and "The Little Horses," but never tries to overpower them. Equally impressive is her work on Spanish and Portuguese tunes such as "Azulão" and "Para Niñar." If most classical musicians took the kind of meticulous care that Battle does with So Many Stars, maybe the idea of crossover classical music would not be one that so many music lovers reflexively hate.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/1995
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646847329
catalogNumber:
68473

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathleen Battle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Antonio Hart   Alto Saxophone
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Steve Berrios   Percussion
James Carter   Bass Clarinet
Cyrus Chestnut   Piano
Ira Coleman   Bass
Marlon Graves   Guitar,Percussion
Tom Harrell   Flugelhorn
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Christian McBride   Bass
Grover Washington   Soprano Saxophone
Jon Herrington   Guitar

Technical Credits

Kathleen Battle   Producer
Scott Ansell   Engineer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Mike Krowiak   Engineer
Ed Rak   Engineer
Robert Sadin   Arranger,Producer
Brian Vibberts   Engineer
Chris Tergesen   Engineer
Eric Calvi   Engineer
Rob Rapley   Engineer
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Laura Mitgang   Executive Producer
William Arms Fisher   Composer

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So Many Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an opera singer myself, I was shocked to see Kathleen Battle crossing over, however this album is a wonderful balance between classical music and jazz. It just goes to show that some of us can be versatile, and not all like Beverly Sills, Does anyone else remember that Jazz Album....I shutter at the thought! If you like laid back Jazz and appreciate a great voice, You'll love this Cd!