- Lucky Girl
- Nothing Could Be Better Than You
- The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
- Since I Love You
- It Was Supposed To Work Out
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart
- Dreamin' Prayin' Wishin'
- Moon River
- Sunshine And Rain
- I Promise
- Angel Eyes
- Close The Door
- You're My Favorite Person
- I Can't Make You Love Me
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Jacqui Naylor has never been afraid to keep listeners guessing. She performs straight-ahead vocal jazz so convincingly that some admirers think that she is really a jazz singer at heart; she performs folk-rock and adult alternative so convincingly that other admirers believe that she is really a singer/songwriter at heart. And Naylor doesn't become any easier to categorize on Lucky Girl, which not only contains vocal jazz and folk-rock/adult alternative performances, but also moves into soul territory at times. This 2011 release finds Naylor putting her spin on a variety of familiar songs, which range from Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's "Close the Door" (a major solo hit for the late Teddy Pendergrass in 1978, which was two years after he left Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes) to Henry Mancini's "Moon River" to Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." And Naylor still has fun with "acoustic smashing," which is her term for combining songs in unorthodox ways. For example, her interpretation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Surrey with the Fringe on Top" borrows the melody of George Benson's "Breezin'"; it's not what one expects from that Tin Pan Alley standard, but Naylor makes the two songs sound like a perfectly natural combination. And she even manages to surprise us on the Matt Dennis warhorse "Angel Eyes," which is one of those great but overdone standards that has been absolutely beaten to death over the years. Naylor's unlikely version is surprisingly funky; rarely does one hear "Angel Eyes" performed with such an overt R&B influence. The original songs (Naylor co-wrote nine of the CD's eleven tracks with pianist and longtime collaborator Art Khu) aren't any less surprising; one never knows if a Naylor/Khu original will favor straight-ahead jazz or folk-rock/adult alternative. Naylor's sense of adventure is alive and well on Lucky Girl, which is yet another creative triumph for the hard-to-categorize vocalist.
Performance CreditsJacqui Naylor Primary Artist,Vocals
Josh Jones Percussion,Drums
Jon Evans Bass,Percussion,Lap Steel Guitar
Art Khu Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Alison Evans Background Vocals
Crystal Monee Hall Background Vocals
Chloe Scott Flute
Technical CreditsHenry Mancini Composer
Josh Jones Arranger,Producer
Jon Evans Producer,Engineer
Jacqui Naylor Composer,Producer
Art Khu Arranger,Composer,Producer