Speed of Life

Speed of Life

by Madeline Eastman
     
 
Madeline Eastman has garnered critical praise for her ability to deconstruct familiar tunes and turn them into something new and unique. On her fifth album, she continues to do so with a well-chosen program of jazz standards; but whether her reconstructed versions of these classic songs are improvements on the originals is an open question. It's not just that she

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Madeline Eastman has garnered critical praise for her ability to deconstruct familiar tunes and turn them into something new and unique. On her fifth album, she continues to do so with a well-chosen program of jazz standards; but whether her reconstructed versions of these classic songs are improvements on the originals is an open question. It's not just that she takes melodic liberties; what can be off-putting is her tendency to flatten melodic shapes and deliver the tunes in a sing-songy, declamatory style that occasionally makes it sound as if she simply doesn't know the tune and is wandering around trying to find the melody. This is clearly not actually the case, but it's too often the effect. Her renditions of the Rodgers & Hart standard "There's a Small Hotel" and the Rodgers & Hammerstein composition "We Kiss in a Shadow" suffer especially from that tendency. On the other hand, her scat arrangement of "Jogral" is brilliant, and she gives the 1960s pop hit "Up on the Roof" a wonderfully quirky and gentle treatment. Her strutting delivery on "Where or When" ends the program in style. Throughout the album, her band (which is centered around pianist Randy Porter and the great bassist Rufus Reid) plays with effortless accuracy and crackling energy, even on the ballads. Recommended overall, though Eastman's approach will be an acquired taste for some.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
Label:
Mad Kat
UPC:
0691045936425
catalogNumber:
459364

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Performance Credits

Madeline Eastman   Primary Artist
Rufus Reid   Bass
Randy Porter   Piano
Michael Spiro   Percussion
Akira Tana   Drums
Mike Olmos   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Djavan   Composer
Donny Hathaway   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
José Neto   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Madeline Eastman   Producer
Dent Hand   Executive Producer
Ed Howard   Composer
Willard Jenkins   Liner Notes
Robert Altman   Portrait Photography
Brad Rickman   Graphic Design
Filó   Composer
Jose Mito   Composer

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