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Dana Owens Album

The 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 a


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
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
Sarah Parkins   Violin
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
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
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Vincent Levy   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Ken Levitan   Executive Producer
Tal Herzberg   Producer,Engineer
Jack Rovner   Executive Producer
Shakim Compere   Executive Producer
Gail Fisher   Composer

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The Dana Owens Album 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was browsing the new releases on BN and ran across the album. I immediately assumed it was a rap album, boy was I wrong. I never was a fan of Queen Latifah the Hip Hop Artist but I've become a fan of Dana Owens. This album is sultry. It has vibe that I haven't felt in quite some time now. It's a wonderful mixture of Jazz, R&B, Pop, and then some. Ms. Dana Owens really displays some class. Purchase the album, some candles, and anything else you may desire for a beautiful night with that special someone. You two won't be let down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
all i can say is that dana owens handled her business. she can rap and sing, and have her business. keep up the good work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She has a nice voice, but there isn't anything special about it. I mean, listen to Sarah Vaughan sing "Misty." Then listen to any song on this cd, and you'll see that it's the difference between night and day. Her rapping is what got her started, not having a great voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this album. Finally Queen Latifah shows off her wonderful voice with such classical music. I recommend this cd very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh My God!!! This sistah is off the hook!!!! This is by far one of the best cds I've heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caught me by surprise.... You have always had it, but now you're really got it. Sister.. this style is simply you ,,, the mature you.. I'm truly happy for you..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smooth and beautiful! This talented young lady has found a new genre to shine in.I would love to hear her perform even more jazz standards.....and soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just think that a person should stick with what brought them fame and not something that brings other ppl fame. i am sorry but i am just use to hearing her rap and maybe she is trying just trying something different but it is not her it just does not become her at all it is just like wearing someone elese shoes or clothes it does not fit and i am sorry to say but singing does not fit her at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Queen Latifah has talent - but it has yet to be developed. She has cool styling on the Cole Porter and "light" jazz tunes but her gospel renditions (especially "Have Mercy On Me") demonstrate her lack of maturity and passion. She says in the intro "never let 'em see you sweat" - well, I disagree. That's the problem - she doesn't sweat - which makes her perfect for the Cole Porter songs. The arrangement for "California Dreaming" is laughable by not appreciating the darkness. Queen should stick to light and airy Brazil 66 stylings until she is able to reach into the depths of her soul to give proper renditions of passionate songs. Better luck next time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a fan of Queen Latifah back in the day when she came out with 'Ladies First' & since then she's been into everything. I was instantly curious when I saw this CD at the store--the cover didn't look anything like a rap album and I just had to buy it to find out what she was up to. It's a great surprise and her voice is fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one fabulous album. If you enjoy this kind of music, the kind where you can hear the cigarette smoke in a dark club, you will absolutely LOVE Queen Latifa's version of these songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, the Queen shows some versatility here, but there’s nothing special in her interpretations or in the arrangements. Personally, I preferred her in “Chicago.” I think she sells it better when she is seen and not just heard. This CD is big news because of her big name, but if you want to hear truly unique and soaring vocal stylings in the jazz and Big Band genre, check out a newcomer who deserves to make it even bigger – Rachel York in her first solo CD, “Let’s Fall in Love.” It’s also available at B&N. The track list is loaded with wonderful standards that York makes you think you are hearing for the first time. York's ace trumps this Queen, I'm afraid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since Chicago, I've loved Queen Latifah. After I heard her sing, I wanted her to do a CD, and she finally has! I can't wait for her to do a follow up. I love her movies too, she's one of the funniest people out there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No her singing voice may not be as unique and original as some have, but if you love Latifah through her rapping, her acting, her movies and know how much she loves to make people happy...especially her mom, you must love everything she does. Dana Owens is Love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think hip-hop and rap fans may be disappointed, but anyone who loves beautiful music will be astonished at the beauty of this CD! Queen Latifah's voice is just gorgeous, and what a wonderful collection of songs from such a talented woman! This album ranks right up there with artists like Natalie Cole, who transitioned from the "pop" of the day to standards. There's a reason the songs are called standards, but now there is a new reason to rediscover them; her name is Queen Latifah!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the CD once and feel in love with it. Ms Latifah, is truly on a new level in her life. This is an amazing CD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums I have ever heard. Queen Latifah has a beautiful voice. You can really feel the soul in these songs. There was not a song on this album that I did not enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago