Dana Owens Album

Dana Owens Album

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by Queen Latifah

Can she pull it off? Maybe the question should be: Is there anything that Queen Latifah can’t do? Having exhibited her fine voice and high style in such film as the blockbuster Chicago and the underrated Living Out Loud, it comes as no surprise that Dana Owens, a.k.a. Queen Latifah, has produced an album of pop standards that establishes her as aSee more details below


Can she pull it off? Maybe the question should be: Is there anything that Queen Latifah can’t do? Having exhibited her fine voice and high style in such film as the blockbuster Chicago and the underrated Living Out Loud, it comes as no surprise that Dana Owens, a.k.a. Queen Latifah, has produced an album of pop standards that establishes her as a full-fledged contemporary diva. Casting a wide net, Latifah digs into material previously associated with, among others, Bill Withers, the Mamas and Papas, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, James Moody, Barbara Lewis, Cannonball Adderley, and Dr. Buzzard and the Original Savannah Band, stamping her own personality on it all. She’s got the range, the swing, and the heart to bring a mesmerizing quality to even the most unlikely choices. No celebrity ego trip here --this girl can sang!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The hooks on the rap records indicated it could be possible, the roles in Living Out Loud and Chicago made it possible -- the first record in which Dana Owens, better known as Queen Latifah, does nothing but sing. On The Dana Owens Album, she takes on vocal standards and an unlikely array of blues, pop, and soul classics that were adaptable to this intimate setting. The worst thing about it? It makes you upset that it isn't her seventh or eighth record in this vein. Owens' seasoned voice isn't the only attraction. This is a big-time production with a cast of all-star support that includes Arif and Joe Mardin, Herbie Hancock, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Porcaro, and John Patitucci. And then there's Al Green, who steps in to duet on a sizzling and delicately playful cover of his "Simply Beautiful." The range of material is very surprising. The assurance in Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" is all the more spooky given Owens' poised quietude; Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band's "Hard Times" (!) is one or two production tricks away from sounding like a missing cut from a '70s Rufus & Chaka Khan record; the version of Bill Withers' "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" is so faithful and knowing that a young Owens must've worn out her parents' copy; the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'," unlike so many other versions, doesn't sound ironic or willfully corny; and most fitting of all is Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," in which Owens is able to let loose and belt it out a little. Through and through, this is a real delight -- very classy and a whole lot of fun. Owens has been a busy woman the past several years, whether in front of a camera or behind the scenes, but she really ought to consider doing this type of thing more often.

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Interscope Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen Latifah   Primary Artist,Vocals
Durell Coleman   Background Vocals
Green   Vocals
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone
Peter Erskine   Drums
Omar Hakim   Drums
Herbie Hancock   Piano
James Moody   Alto Saxophone
John Patitucci   Bass
Charles Davis   Trumpet
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Tom Garvin   Piano
Sid Page   Violin
Lewis Nash   Drums
Robert Adcock   Cello
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Jerry Barnes   Bass
Robert Becker   Viola
Gary Bias   Saxophone
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Concert Master
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Darius Campo   Violin
Ronald Clark   Violin
Jon Clarke   English Horn
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Jim Cox   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Arni Egilsson   String Bass
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Charles Everett   Violin
Ron Fair   Conductor
Brandon Fields   Saxophone
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
John Goux   Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Horn
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Jerry Hey   Conductor,Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn,Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Patricia Johnson   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Robbie Kondor   Piano
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Jay Leonhart   Bass
David Low   Cello
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Rene Mandel   Violin
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Joe Mardin   Conductor
Andy Martin   Trombone
Ricky Minor   Bass
Shedrick Mitchell   Organ
Dick Nash   Trombone
Dan Neufeld   Viola
David "Fathead" Newman   Vocals
Robin Olson   Violin
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Katia Popov   Violin
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Emil Richards   Vibes
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Ralph Rolle   Drums
James Ross   Viola
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
David Shamban   Cello
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Jackie Simley   Background Vocals
Steve Skinner   Vibes
Pamela Sklar   Bass Flute
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Frank Vignola   Guitar
Ian Walker   String Bass
Mervyn Warren   Piano,Conductor,scat
Lloyd Williams   Background Vocals
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Raul Midón   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Dan Little   Cello
Will Kennedy   Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Tim Carmon   Organ
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Sherrod Barnes   Guitar
Nico Abondolo   String Bass
Sara Parkins   Violin
Gil Romero   Violin
Emily Bernstein   Clarinet
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Horia Moroaica   Violin
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Bob Burns   Trumpet
Songa Lee   Violin
Larry E. Williams   Saxophone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Louise di Tullio   Flute
Bryant Breyers   Trombone

Technical Credits

Green   Composer
Barbara Lewis   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
James Moody   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
John Phillips   Composer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Joe Zawinul   Composer
Stony Browder   Composer
August Darnell   Composer
Ron Fair   Producer,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Jerry Hey   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Arif Mardin   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Mardin   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ricky Minor   Vocal Arrangements
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Scott Sanders   Executive Producer
Steve Skinner   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Mervyn Warren   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Harold Wheeler   Arranger
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Eric Caudieux   Digital Editing
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Vincent Levy   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Ken Levitan   Executive Producer
Brian Montgomery   Digital Editing
Tal Herzberg   Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Jack Rovner   Executive Producer
Shakim Compere   Executive Producer
Gail Fisher   Composer

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