Various Artists: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat: Disney Jazz Volume 1 (2011)

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Various Artists: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat: Disney Jazz Volume 1
What a discovery; what a great idea. Producer Jason Olaine has taken songs from a number of Disney movies—some rarely recorded by jazz musicians—and made fresh new versions, utilizing some of today's most well-known jazz artists.

The performers range from 90 year-old piano legend Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
1920 - 2012
piano
to 17 year-old Canadian vocalist Nikki Yanofsky
Nikki Yanofsky
Nikki Yanofsky
b.1994
vocalist
; established horn players such as trumpeter Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
Roy Hargrove
b.1969
trumpet
and saxophonist Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
b.1969
saxophone
; and international performers including Israeli-born/US-based guitarist Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
Gilad Hekselman
b.1983
guitar
and avant-garde Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez
Alfredo Rodriguez
Alfredo Rodriguez
b.1985
piano
. Olaine has given these diverse artists full control, and they have mined 13 gems from the Disney catalog.

Hargrove delivers a sprightly, hard bop rendition of the sparkling "Everybody Wants to Be A Cat," from 1970's The AristoCats, while accordionist Gil Goldstein provides the haunting opening to Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding
b.1984
bass, acoustic
's creative arrangement of "Chim Chim Cher-ee," from Mary Poppins (1964), the bassist later vocalizing along with her bowed lines to underscore the song's evocative mood

Brubeck gets two selections: first, a swinging version of "Someday My Prince Will Come," from 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where the pianist breezes through the lilting melody, before coming on strong with his trademark chordal fury; later, he gives fine accompaniment to singer Roberta Gambarini on the theme song to Alice in Wonderland (1951).

Regina Carter
Regina Carter
Regina Carter
b.1966
violin
's exotic violin merges with accordionist Gary Versace
Gary Versace
Gary Versace

organ, Hammond B3
and kora master Yacouba Sissoko in the captivating and ear-opening "Find Yourself," from Cars (2006), while Redman adds depth to the innocuous "You've Got A Friend in Me, " from Toy Story (1995), the tenor saxophonist's creative energy unleashed in a trio with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Gregory Hutchinson
Gregory Hutchinson
Gregory Hutchinson
b.1970
drums
.

The irrepressible The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus

band/orchestra
is mind-blowing on a rousing version of "Gaston," from Beauty and the Beast (1991), taking this French-flavored tune through creative hijinks to a stirring climax, delivered with the brio of an Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf
1915 - 1963
vocalist
ballad.

On the many strengths of Olaine's Everybody Wants To Be A Cat: Disney Jazz Volume 1, hopefully Volume 2 won't be far behind.

Track Listing: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat; Chim Chim Cher-Ee; Some Day My Prince Will Come; Find Yourself; You've Got A Friend In Me; He's A Tramp; Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag); Gaston; Alice In Wonderland; The Bare Necessities; It's A Small World; Belle; Circle Of Life.

Personnel: Roy Hargrove: trumpet (1); Justin Robinson: alto saxophone (1); Ameen Saleem: bass (1); Thaddeus Dixon: drums (1) Esperanza Spalding: bass, vocal (2); Gil Goldstein: piano, accordion (2); Dave Brubeck: piano (3, 9); Michael Moore: bass (3, 9); Randy Jones: drums (3, 9); Regina Carter: violin (4); Gary Versace: accordion (4); Yacoba Sissoko: kora (4); Chris Lightcap: bass(4); Alvester Garnett: drums, percussion (4); Joshua Redman: tenor saxophone (5); Matt Penman: bass (5); Gregory Hutchinson: drums (5); Dianne Reeves: vocal (6); Peter Martin: piano (6); James Genus: bass (6); Alvester Garnett: drums (6); Kurt Rosenwinkel: guitar and piano (7); Joshua Thurston-Milgrom: bass (7); Tobias Backhaus: drums (7); Ethan Iverson: piano (8); Reid Anderson: bass (8); Dave King: drums (8); Roberta Gambarini: vocal (9); Alfredo Rodriguez: piano and percussion (10); Nikki Yanofsky: vocal (11); Paul Shrofel: piano (11); Rob Fahle: bass (11); Geoffrey Lang: drums (11); Rod DiLauro: trumpet (11); Pat Vetter: alto saxophone (11); Christopher Smith: trombone (11); Jean Frechette: baritone saxophone (11); Gilad Hekselman: guitar (12); Joe Martin: bass (12); Obed Calvaire: drums, percussion (12); Mark Rapp: trumpet (13); Jamie Reynolds: piano, keyboards (13); Rene Hart: bass (13); Greg Gonzales: drums (13).

Record Label: Disney Records


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