The Dana Owens Album

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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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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!
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498637760
  • Catalog Number: 000343502

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Queen Latifah Primary Artist, Vocals
Durell Coleman Background Vocals
Al 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 III Violin
Louise di Tullio Flute
Bryant Breyers Trombone
Technical Credits
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This sista ain't no jazz artist

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Queen Latifa has a mighty and sexy voice.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A voice like velvet

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Beautiful...Really

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nicely arranged

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I HAD NO IDEA!!!

    Oh My God!!! This sistah is off the hook!!!! This is by far one of the best cds I've heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great surprise!

    I really enjoyed this album. Finally Queen Latifah shows off her wonderful voice with such classical music. I recommend this cd very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Queen Doesn't Rule Here

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Enough

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All Hail The Queen!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unexpected,!! simply the best.

    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..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hail to the queen

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    When Is the Next One Coming Out??

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A pleasant suprise

    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.

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    Posted September 8, 2010

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