Lea DeLaria: Play It Cool

Lea DeLaria: Play It Cool

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On Play It Cool, her debut CD for Warner Bros. Records, vocalist Lea DeLaria reinterprets 11 compositions from contemporary musical theater, including "Cool" from West Side Story, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" from Sweeney Todd, and "All That Jazz" from Chicago. Her vocal instrument is both complementary and unique in its interpretations of the lyrics, and covers a broad range of musical theater, both comedy and drama. This is not an easy task. DeLaria utilizes several vocal techniques to bring each song to life, including scatting, elongated phrasing, swing, and balladeering. She also makes excellent use of the basic skills of music theory: harmony, rhythm, and melody. Among the more memorable highlights on the CD is her great phrasing and delivery on "Lowdown-Down" from The Wild Party. Her vocals provide an excellent foil for the saxophone voices of Seamus Blake, Roger Rosenberg, Vincent Herring, and Scott Robinson, who play tenor, baritone, alto, and bass, respectively. Her up-tempo swinging rendition of "Once in a Lifetime" is a refreshing change from the overly used ballad approach of the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley hit from Stop the World, I Want to Get Off. She's doing great things on this CD, and it is one any collector of Broadway show tunes would appreciate having in his or her collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624799320
catalogNumber: 47993
Rank: 152667

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lea DeLaria   Primary Artist,Vocals
Howard Alden   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Goldings   Bass,Piano
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion
Bob Stewart   Tuba
Tom Varner   French Horn
Scott Robinson   Bass Saxophone
Seamus Blake   Tenor Saxophone
Larry Grenadier   Bass
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Brad Mehldau   Piano
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet
Jon Gordon   Alto Saxophone
Keith O'Quin   Trombone

Technical Credits

Larry Goldings   Arranger
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
James Farber   Engineer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Andy Snitzer   Engineer
John McMahon   Arranger
Mike Lohr   Art Direction
James A. Farber   Engineering

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