Roots: My Life, My Song
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||African Drum Invocation||Jessye Norman||2:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||His Eye Is On the Sparrow||Jessye Norman||1:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Want Two Wings||Jessye Norman||2:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lord, I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray||Jessye Norman||3:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child||Jessye Norman||4:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Heaven||Jessye Norman||3:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Somewhere||Jessye Norman||1:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Baby Just Cares for Me||Jessye Norman||3:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Stormy Weather||Jessye Norman||5:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mack the Knife||Jessye Norman||6:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Another Man Done Gone||Jessye Norman||4:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pretty Horses||Jessye Norman||5:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||God's Gonna Cut You Down||Jessye Norman||4:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Les Chemins De L'amour||Jessye Norman||6:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||J'ai Deux Amours||Jessye Norman||4:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||April In Paris||Jessye Norman||4:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Habanera||Jessye Norman||5:31||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Take the 'a' Train||Jessye Norman||3:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Blue Monk||Jessye Norman||5:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Solitude||Jessye Norman||4:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It Don't Mean a Thing||Jessye Norman||6:15||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Get Around Much Anymore||Jessye Norman||2:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||When the Saints Go Marching In||Jessye Norman||5:26||$0.99||View In iTunes|
|BookletDigital Booklet - Roots: My Life, My Song||Jessye Norman||--||Album Only||View In iTunes|
A sticker included on at least some versions of this Sony Classical release promises "music from Berlioz to Ellington," which would make it a pretty common type of classical vocal recital that includes a dash of jazz. That's not what's happening here at all, and there isn't even any Berlioz included. There is the "Habanera" of Georges Bizet, but that's given a tango-jazz treatment, and otherwise the only work from the European concert tradition is Poulenc's Les chemins de l'amour, a piece heavily influenced by popular song. This is not a souvenir or survey of Jessye Norman's career, but is instead oriented toward the roots mentioned on the cover. And, as such, it's quite an accomplishment. The two-disc program can be roughly divided into four overlapping and interpenetrating sections: spirituals, pop, French song, and jazz, with an introduction of African drumming. That's unusual enough as it is, but what really makes news here are the completely original treatments in each of the main categories. No information is included as to how the album took shape; some of it is apparently taken from live concerts in Munich and Frankfurt, Germany. Norman is accompanied by a small combo that serves the non-jazz as well as the jazz pieces. Even standards like "Stormy Weather" and "Mack the Knife" are given free, quiet, highly personal treatments, and there's very little "operatic" singing in evidence even in the spirituals, which could stand up to it. You might think of the entire collection as a jazz performance, based on its sense of individualistic departure from preexisting models, or as a uniquely personal rumination on a great singer's deep roots. The cumulative effect of the program is quite powerful, and Norman deserves a great deal of credit for taking chances with a project she could easily just have phoned in.~James Manheim, Rovi
Ms. Norman is truly one of those once-in-a-generation voices. At the twilight of her career, she delivers yet another sparkling performance that easily proves why she is globally beloved. The selection of pieces that she has chosen to share illustrates her insightfulness - and her joie de vivre is infectious. Don't miss this one. It's a gem.
i just have to say this art is well worth the price. thank you. so much beauty and truth.
Giver her credit for trying but I guess when you're a Jessye Norman there's no one to tell you your voice is way, way, way over the hill. For true fans, this is a painful recording.
Born: September 15, 1945 in Augusta, GA
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s