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   One Of A Kind



Год издания : 2000

Компания звукозаписи : Gemini, (wb)

Музыкальный стиль : Mainstream Jazz, Vocal Jazz

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Pop (Woman Voice)      

(1975-1979)

For a relatively small country (population just under 4.5 million), Norway has turned out some outstanding jazz personages, among them two jazz singers of the highest caliber, Karen Krog and the subject of this set, the inestimable Laila Dalseth. The former is probably better known here because of her recordings with Arche Shepp and John Surman. But Dalseth has earned several times over the same level of recognition and credit. This 2-CD set recapitulates her work over a period of almost 25 years. During that time, she has recorded with some of the better European musicians, such as pianist Bengt Hallberg, Per Husby, Philip Catherine, and longtime collaborator Totti Bergh. She also has recorded with significant American jazzers, including Al Cohn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Milt Hinton, and Dave Frishberg. Representative cuts from these sessions and more are on this compilation. Like the great singers, both jazz and pop, she has an innate feel for every syllable she sings. There's no sloppiness, no slurring of words, no resting on the job. The phrasing, the diction, the significant pause, the intelligent use of her sidemen, it's all here. Listen as she holds the final note of "But Beautiful" much longer than usually heard, confirming all that she has done with this tune up to that point. And she can swing, as she demonstrates backed with a big band on "There Will Never Be Another You." Here she is clearly tuned into Terje Venaas' bass, which she uses as a rhythmic guidepost. "Stairway to the Stars," with just Irish guitarist Louis Stewart helping her, is a virtuoso performance. Three cuts present from her 1986 album with Al Cohn, "You've Changed," "Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me," and "Little Man You've Had a Busy Day," are among the best the compilation has to offer. By the time 1999 arrives, her voice continues to be strong and vibrant as she amply demonstrates with a small group on an up-tempo "Easy to Love," with an excellent solo by Jon Gordon. For devotees of vocal jazz, this set is an absolute must.

- Dave Nathan (All Music Guide)

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Plenty of country singers have made a career by adhering to that old truism: "The key is sincerity - if you can fake that, you've got it made." Not Big Al Downing, though. The proto-rocker, now comfortable in country duds, performs throughout One of a Kind with a disarming enthusiasm that simply cannot be faked. Whether clearing the dancefloor on "Boogie-Woogie Roll," slyly offering to nuzzle the neck of his waitress in "Joe's Truck Stop," quashing a few memories in "A Cigarette, a Bottle and a Jukebox," or sermonizing on racial intolerance in the touchingly old-fashioned "I'm Too Green to Be Blue," Downing emanates an irresistible vibe. There's nothing affected in his singing; his range is limited, his phrasing a little graceless, and everything he does feels as rough-edged and familiar as a favorite old shirt - in other words, it's just what the world needs after skidding around for too long on the slick surface of contemporary music. Incidentally, Downing does nod toward other styles throughout this set; there's a Jimmy Buffett-like Caribbean sway on "Goodbye My Love," some hip-grinding blues on "Rock Me Baby," and on ballads like "What a Man Will Do" he shows just how close country and Percy Sledge-style retro-soul actually are. In the end, though, One of a Kind isn't about genre; it's about how a larger than life and even lovable personality can bring a smile to a listener's face, even now.

-Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi


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   1 01 Just Friends     T       0:02:44 Klenner, Lewis
   1 02 More Than You Know     T       0:05:23 Eliscu, Rose, Youmans
   1 03 If You Were Mine     T       0:04:00 Malneck, Mercer
   1 04 But Beautiful     T       0:04:13 Burke, Van Heusen
   1 05 There'll Never Be Another You         0:03:23 Gordon, Warren
   1 06 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye         0:04:43 Porter
   1 07 Embraceable You     T       0:05:18 Gershwin, Gershwin
   1 08 Stairway To The Stars         0:04:43 Malneck, Parish, Signorelli
   1 09 Nature Boy         0:04:26 Ahbez
   1 10 You've Changed     T       0:06:30 Carey, Fischer
   1 11 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me     T       0:03:52 Ellington, Russell
   1 12 Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered         0:05:30 Hart, Rodgers
   1 13 Little Man You've Had A BusyDay         0:07:27 Hoffman, Sigler, Wayne
   1 14 I Carry Your Picture         0:04:49 Mork, Thingnaes
   2 01 In A Sentimental Mood     T       0:04:51 Ellington, Kurtz, Mills
   2 02 Out Of Nowhere         0:04:15 Green, Heyman
   2 03 Sophisticated Lady     T       0:06:26 Ellington, Mills, Parish
   2 04 Miss Brown To You     T       0:04:37 Rainger, Robin, Whiting
   2 05 He Was Too Good To Me         0:04:40 Hart, Rodgers
   2 06 Tea For Two     T       0:03:45 Caesar, Youmans
   2 07 I Loves You, Porgy     T       0:02:09 Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward
   2 08 Until It's Time For You To Go         0:07:18 Sainte-Marie
   2 09 Born To Be Blue         0:05:38 Torme, Wells
   2 10 'Tis Autumn         0:04:45 Nemo
   2 11 A Song For You     T       0:03:57 Russell
   2 12 My Love     T       0:04:45 Ellington
   2 13 Easy To Love     T       0:03:08 Porter
   2 14 Unless It's You         0:04:44 Aimes, Mandel

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