Lisa Yves: Jazz For Kids/ Everybody's Boppin'
Lisa Yves, a jazz singer, composer, and educator residing in Massachusetts, is doing an outstanding job of educating our young people about the world of jazz, and at the same time has created an aural testament to this end. Jazz for Kids is a not a silly attempt to corner the kiddie market in jazz CD sales, nor is it a mediocre or lightweight record; as a matter of fact you will find more bonafide, unadulterated jazz on this disc, than you will find on any Kenny G. record. The tunes are clearly of the bebop persuasion, and the performances( including that of the children!) are all on a very high level. The program of bop standards and swing tunes varies with renditions of such popular classics as "Boplicity," "A Night In Tunesia," as well as some lesser known gems such as Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing." There are also some wonderful originals penned by Lisa Yves which are clearly in the spirit of Bebop. In addition to making a fine jazz record, Ms. Yves has been able to inject a little soul, spirit and swing into a new generation of young people, who now stand poised to develop their own voices in the world of jazz, and pass their linage onto successive generations. And for that, I can't help but think that God is looking down and smiling upon her.
Track Listing: Sing, Sing, Sing; Bird And Diz, Bebop Lives; Everybody's Boppin; Alphabet Scat; In a Mellow Tone; (Hey) Daddy; The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines; I'm Beboppin' Too; Colors Of The Blues; Straighten Up And Fly Right; Counting To Ten; A Night With Bach In Tunesia; Cute; Twisted: Ray G. Biv; Jazzabye; Clap Your Hands
Personnel: Lisa Yves (vocals); Brad Hatfield (piano); Marshall Wood (bass); Jim Gwin (drums); Mike Monaghan (tenor, alto sax, flute); Ken Cervenka (trumpet) Sarah Konowitz, Alexa Madeloff, Lindsay Opper, Amy Kaplan, Hayley Katz, Emily Snidman, Leah Fine, Abby Kobrin, Rachel Konowitz, Zoey Schwartz, Alex Worgaftik, Jill Breitner, Ashley Tabroff, Chelsea Vantine-Kelley (kids vocals)
Record Label: DCC