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Plain and simple, Lea Delaria is here to put the sass back in standards. No gentile readings or blemish free interpretations for a gutsy singer who clearly loves the great old songs but isn’t afraid to razz them up. It’s all fair game for this expressive go-getter, be it Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, or any other canonical popular composer. And on this razor-sharp live recording Delaria is in her true element, feeding off energy and giving back twofold to an in-sync audience who appreciate that they’re not being handed the same old tired line from this week’s new Diana Krall. It doesn’t hurt that Delaria is able to back up her go-get-‘em attitude with first-rate vocal chops. And a sterling support team, including ...
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Editorial Reviews

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Plain and simple, Lea Delaria is here to put the sass back in standards. No gentile readings or blemish free interpretations for a gutsy singer who clearly loves the great old songs but isn’t afraid to razz them up. It’s all fair game for this expressive go-getter, be it Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, or any other canonical popular composer. And on this razor-sharp live recording Delaria is in her true element, feeding off energy and giving back twofold to an in-sync audience who appreciate that they’re not being handed the same old tired line from this week’s new Diana Krall. It doesn’t hurt that Delaria is able to back up her go-get-‘em attitude with first-rate vocal chops. And a sterling support team, including saxophonist Seamus Blake and the superb pianist Gil Goldstein, only notches things up a few more levels. Given Delaria’s vital treatments, such chestnuts as “You Don’t Know what Love Is” and "Love for Sale” become fresh again, while a ringer like ““Puff” from the Michael John LaChiusa musical Little Fish lays claim to an elevated status of its own. What this live document unquestionably reveals is that Delaria’s tart and tangy stage persona will never obscure her died-in-the-wool vocal artistry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558331226
  • Catalog Number: 83312
  • Sales rank: 235,808

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lea DeLaria Primary Artist
Gil Goldstein Piano
Seamus Blake Saxophone
Ian Shaw Vocals
Mary Ann McSweeney Bass
Technical Credits
Lester Young Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Lea DeLaria Arranger, Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Michael John LaChiusa Composer
Andrew Tulloch Mastering
Janette Mason Arranger, Producer
Mary Ann McSweeney Arranger
Kurt Deutsch Executive Producer
Jessica Disbrow Art Direction
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