261

Various: Jazz Sexy

Franz A. Matzner By

Sign in to view read count
Various: Jazz Sexy It’s unusual for a compilation album to be successful. For the most part, the short glimpses of each artist presented allow only a disappointingly cursory look at their work, and even conceptually driven collections often fail to maintain consistent quality from song to song. However, none of this applies to Jazz Sexy.

Culled from the Chesky Records catalog, each of the album’s 12 selections are of consistently high quality and are well-fitted to the album’s theme of romance and seduction. Offering a range of vocal and instrumental music, producer David Chesky has carefully selected tunes that not only contain romantic themes, but sound , well, sexy. There’s no other word for it. Jon Faddis’ trumpet murmurs an insistent plea on an elegantly simplified rendition of “Naima,” Kenny Rankin’s vocal cuts straight to the plaintive center of the Monk classic “’Round Midnight,” and even the hi-hat sounds erotic on the coyly constructed “Baby Talk” by Dave’s True Story.

Warmly sedate, veritably dripping with honey tones, yet never overly sentimental, the selections collected here contain a number of stand-out pieces. Beyond those already mentioned, the Fred Hersch Trio’s contribution, “I Fall in Love Too Easily” and Chuck Mangione’s “La Vie En Rose” deserve particular note, as well as the vocal bass duet “Insensatez” performed by Rosa Passos and Ron Carter. This last piece may be the most enchanting item on the disc. Supported by Carter’s gently penetrating bass, Passos delivers a poignant interpretation of Jobim’s pathos-driven composition, her slightly breathless voice melting effortlessly into the sensual contours of the piece.

While perhaps not the album for purists, Jazz Sexy works just fine as a starter for the inquisitive.


Track Listing: 1. Baby Talk 2. The Man I Love 3. The Touch of Your Lips 4. Naima 5. Insensatez 6. Green and Golden 7. Body and Soul 8. I Fall in Love Too Easily 9. 'Round Midnight 10. La Vie En Rose 11. Remind Me 12. My Funny Valentine

Personnel: Dave's True Story; Eddie Daniels; John Pizzarelli; Jon Faddis; Rosa Passos & Ron Carter; Oregon; Christy Baron; The Fred Hersch Trio; Kenny Rankin; Chuck Mangione; Peggy Lee; The John Basile Quartet.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Chesky Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Seaside" CD/LP/Track Review Seaside
by John Eyles
Published: January 30, 2017
Read "The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials" CD/LP/Track Review The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
by Jim Trageser
Published: October 8, 2016
Read "The LA EP" CD/LP/Track Review The LA EP
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 27, 2016
Read "Nearness" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness
by Doug Collette
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "Live In Greenwich Village" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Greenwich Village
by John Sharpe
Published: April 2, 2016
Read "Heavy Weather" CD/LP/Track Review Heavy Weather
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: February 15, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!