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Album Review

A classicist in the guise of a punk iconoclast, comedienne and Broadway star Lea DeLaria delivers a wry mix of contemporary pop and rock tunes — all done in a straight-ahead jazz style — on Double Standards. For jazz fans who decry the death of American Popular Song, Double Standards should be a revelation, as DeLaria has picked a varied set of songs by such iconic artists as Neil Young, Green Day, and even Jane's Addiction that wouldn't sound at all out of place in an intimate jazz club. With a burnished, velvety voice that often recalls a mix of Blossom Dearie and Carmen McRae, DeLaria is perfectly suited to a modern jazz setting. To these ends, she turns Blondie's "Call Me" into a slinky, minor '60s ballad; converts No Doubt's "I'm Just a Girl" into a peppy uptempo swinger perfect for Ella Fitzgerald; and stretches Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" into an epic, meditative modal ballad that sounds like Nina Simone covering a John Coltrane ballad. Adding a post-bop elegance to the proceedings are saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist Gil Goldstein, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Bill Stewart, and others.

Customer Reviews

Made a Jazz fan out of me!

This album is truly beautiful. Lea DeLaria's voice is perfectly captured on this album, her deep undertones and sultry quality produly featured in masterfully recreated songs, such as "Black Hole Sun" and "Call Me", as well as with the many new original songs on the album. To be honest, I knew of Lea due to her carrear in musical theatre, which brought me to this album, and I am not a huge jazz fan, but I am proud to say that this album has given me a new found appreciation for the art form as it is perfectly captured by Lea. A definate good buy, and a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays!

This better not be her last album!!!

DeLaria belongs in Jazz and needs to explore it in greater depth & breadth in future albums. I'll certainly buy them. This album is a fantastic taste of a new Jazz flavor. It's eclectic and wholly stimulating. Keep them coming!

Gorgeous yet Familiar for the Jazz Novice

Black Hole Sun is one of my favorite songs, but leave it to Lea Delaria to morph it into a fantastic new creature. This is the stronger of two albums and I can't wait for another!


Born: May 23, 1958 in Belleville, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Lea DeLaria has been a professional lesbian for over ten years, earning a living with her comedy and singing routines. She helped to create San Francisco's Gay Comedy Nights and New York's People Who Are Funny That Way and has uproariously MCed open-mike nights, festival stages, and Gay Pride rallies across the nation, including the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, to a crowd of nearly 1,000,000. You may know her musical comedy about perverts, Dos Lesbos, which toured the country...
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