Live the Life

Live the Life

by Ilona KnopflerIlona Knopfler


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Jazz vocalist Ilona Knopfler sings in both English and French on Live the Life. Accompanied by an international band that adds its special musical flavorings, Knopfler swings, scats, and offers her expressive interpretations of music from the pens of such great composers as Ivan Lins, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, and Thomas Dorsey among others. Opening with a great cover of "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About," this song traverses three distinct styles. The intro is characterized by its a cappella harmonization behind Knopfler's motive development. It then segues into a bass and vocals duet in English that spotlights her comprehensive phrasing before a burst of French harmonization leads to an intense straight-ahead jazz solo by saxophonist Antonio Hart. On "Le Jazz et la Java," which is also sung in French, Knopfler engages in a conversation with trumpeter Sean Jones. This excellent call-and-response section represents one of the many great highlights on the CD and reinforces the universal idea that music erases many language barriers. Knopfler's vocal tones cover the mezzo-soprano to alto range, but on this highly entertaining offering, she eloquently alternates the harmonic rhythm, supportive and interactive comping, and soloist's viewpoint in two languages with seamless ease and professionalism. Highly recommended..

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203102125
catalogNumber: 31021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ilona Knopfler   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Simon Shaheen   Oud
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
Antonio Hart   Alto Saxophone
Rufus Reid   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Davis   Trombone
Jay Ashby   Percussion,Trombone,Alto Trombone
Marty Ashby   Guitar
James Genus   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jamey Haddad   Percussion,Drums
Alain Mallet   Piano,Celeste
Darmon Meader   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Kim Nazarian   Background Vocals
Steve Shehan   Percussion,Trombone
Ingrid Jensen   Trumpet
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
Gildas Boclé   Bass,Bass Guitar
Anne Williams   Cello
Marcello Pellitteri   Drums
Sean Jones   Trumpet
Roger M. Rosenburg   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Tatjana Mead Chamis   Viola
Mike Tamaro   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roger Rosenburg   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Bob Dorough   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Bobby Troup   Composer
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Abbey Lincoln   Composer
Jay Ashby   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Richard King   Engineer
Alain Mallet   Arranger
Darmon Meader   Arranger
Pryor   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Doctor John Wilson   Arranger
Eugene Maslov   Arranger
Pauli Ewing   Management
Claude Nougaro   Composer
Maria Ehrenreich   Producer,Director Of Creative Services
Philippe Laffont   Engineer
Murray Grand   Composer
Eddy Marnay   Composer
Brian J. McKenna   Contributor
Gretchen Carhartt   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jacques Datin   Composer

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Live the Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just listened to “Live the Life” and I really liked it. Ilona performs a rich collection of classic songs penned by greats such as Thelonious Monk, Thomas A. Dorsey and Claude Nougaro. I think it’s kind of cool how she mixes the English lyrics with her native French because I don’t hear that too often. I really think this album is worth buying…it’s extremely enjoyable!