Adrian du Plessis
"Why music?" "Why breathing?"
A little respect for some classic jazz
Allison Crowe's blend of blues, rock, gospel, pop and jazz
makes her a nightmare for music-store clerks paid to sort CDs. But her
debut, Secrets, earned the singer-songwriter from Nanaimo, B.C., much
acclaim. Crowe told Maclean's about her favourite jazz albums.
1. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, by Aretha
Franklin. I'm particularly fond of the title track. And the album has
Respect! You can't go wrong.
2. Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You, by Chet Baker.
I discovered Chet when I was very young, taking bass lessons. He has
such a unique voice and a tragic story. Great music if you're sad.
3. The Jazz Vocal Collection by various artists. My
favourite tracks are Love Me or Leave Me by Nina Simone. I love the
classically infused jazz piano solo. And In Love in Vain by Gabrielle
Goodman -- just stand-up bass and a voice. Very sparse, very cool.
John Intini, Maclean's (Canada)