What the World Needs Now Is Love

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Laura Theodore has one of the most striking voices in jazz -- a clear mezzo that drops unexpectedly into a rich and throaty tenor and soars upward again at the drop of a beat. Her theatrical training is fully in evidence on her fifth album as a leader, What the World Needs Now Is Love; she takes such hoary material as "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" and makes it sound like something new and surprising. Her rendition of "Fever," on the other hand, brings no new insights to the song, but she manages to deepen and broaden its emotional depth by the sheer power of her voice. The album's highlight is a strangely lighthearted arrangement of "Don't Get ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Laura Theodore has one of the most striking voices in jazz -- a clear mezzo that drops unexpectedly into a rich and throaty tenor and soars upward again at the drop of a beat. Her theatrical training is fully in evidence on her fifth album as a leader, What the World Needs Now Is Love; she takes such hoary material as "I'm in the Mood for Love" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" and makes it sound like something new and surprising. Her rendition of "Fever," on the other hand, brings no new insights to the song, but she manages to deepen and broaden its emotional depth by the sheer power of her voice. The album's highlight is a strangely lighthearted arrangement of "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." More skillful production would have made this album an unalloyed pleasure; as it is, unfortunately, the sound tends to be compressed, claustrophobic, and brassy, especially on the songs with orchestral accompaniment. Theodore's voice is shown off to best advantage in those moments when it isn't fighting the orchestra for space; the voice-and-bass duo arrangement of "How Deep Is the Ocean," for example. Lovers of vocal jazz will enjoy this album, but those with a more casual interest may find themselves distracted by its marginal sonic qualities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Original Cast Record
  • UPC: 741117605428
  • Catalog Number: 6054

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Theodore Primary Artist
Chuck Bergeron Acoustic Bass
Brian Murphy Piano, Soloist
John Kricker Trombone
Doug Michels Trumpet, Soloist
Herman "Teddy" Mulet Trumpet, Soloist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Van Alexander Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Chuck Bergeron Arranger
Con Conrad Composer
Hal David Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Andy Ebberbach Executive Producer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Roger Holmes Arranger
Johnny Mercer Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Dave Wolpe Arranger
John Davenport Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
W.G. Harris Composer
Laura Theodore Arranger, Producer
Michael Fourens Engineer
Linda Thompson-Jenner Composer
Al Byron Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Bob Albanese Arranger
Clint Eastwood Composer
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