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Album Review

Dee Daniels is a good jazz singer known primarily for songbook performances. Here, she delves into a large mix of songs from the jazz realm as well as the pop, rock, and R&B realms. With an able-bodied band behind her, she puts something of a jazz spin onto each song in turn, moving from Earth, Wind & Fire to Stevie Wonder, to the Doobies and James Taylor. With such a mixed bag of source material, and her own admitted influences from R&B, blues, and gospel, it's perhaps not surprising that the results are mixed as well. More often than not, her gospel side comes out and alternately raises and batters the underlying songs. Her jazz form can go the melodramatic route easily, with the strain in her voice becoming apparent as she goes. It's when she's in her more original elements that the power really comes out. Converting Lionel Richie's "Hello" to a jazz ballad comes across particularly sappy and overdone. Right after that however, James Taylor's "Fire & Rain" is given a bluesy overhaul that both makes it intriguing and makes it roll at the same time. A rendition of Otis Redding's (and Aretha's) "Respect" comes out too slowly to hold its old power, but that same slowed-down bluesy feel gives "Love Me Tender" a broken-down nightclub feel that suits it surprisingly well. The album is hit-and-miss, but more as a result of the mismatches between Daniels' style and the songs' demands than as a result of her vocal abilities (to their credit, the band plays an outstanding rendition of every song in the style chosen, holding the middle ground between iconoclasm and reverence).


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Dee Daniels mixes together the influences of Sarah Vaughan, R&B, and gospel in her own appealing style. She started off singing in church as a child and also took piano lessons so she could play for the choirs of her stepfather's church. She earned an art degree from the University of Montana in 1970 and taught art in high school in Seattle. She also sang on the side, at first for the fun of it and then eventually six nights a week with a band that performed rock and R&B. In 1972 she quit her teaching...
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Jazzinit, Dee Daniels
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  • 15,99 лв
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 21 August 2007

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