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Ask a Woman Who Knows

Natalie Cole

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Album Review

Natalie Cole is a fascinating vocalist who represents more than 30 years of worldwide critical acclaim, tremendous commercial success, the continuation of a family legacy, and consummate artistry. Her new dreams, ideas, and efforts unfold on Ask a Woman Who Knows, her debut for the Verve recording label and first recording in three years. Ms. Cole's musical choices include songs that depict the various aspects of love — its joy, its sorrow, its loneliness, and its consolation. Included are two of Dinah Washington's gems — "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do" and the title track, "Ask a Woman Who Knows" — both songs about love gone wrong. Cole changes the tone of the set with great scatting on the up-tempo swinger "My Baby Just Cares for Me"; "It's Crazy," the hit written by her father, Nat King Cole; and the soulful "I'm Glad There Is You," which features Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn. Natalie Cole sings her engaging musical stories with priceless, nuanced phrasing accompanied by a distinguished core quintet of Joe Sample, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, and Rob Mounsey. The added dimension of Natalie Cole performing all background vocals and the backing of the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra on two songs makes the recording extra special. Overall, this is an exceptional recording that re-teams her with Tommy LiPuma, the producer of her biggest hit, Unforgettable: With Love. The listener who has followed her career will hear and understand that the consistency of all her exploring has been to arrive at a higher level of musical accomplishment through support from great musicians and a positive musical family.

Customer Reviews

Her Fantasy Album

Natalie always said she is a jazz singer and this cd is her dream come true. A straight ahead jazz recording made for the label formed for one of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald. Natalie is now where she wants to be. It's been four years since this cd's been released and Natalie isn't in a hurry to follow it up. The theme of this cd is romance and Natalie brings it. The Michael Franks' composition "Tell Me All About It" was a single from this cd and it's more sultry than Michael's. "Better Than Anything" is a playful duet with labelmate Diana Krall and "I'm Glad There Is You" was a follow up single to "Tell Me All About It." Natalie's vocals and the laid back arrangements suggest Natalie is at home here, whenever she decides to do another album, let's hope it's a worthy follow-up and not too much of a departure from this cd.

Fabulously Cole

I just saw her in concert and I ran home to download more of her music. It was an Unforgettable performance she has such style... a true song stylist. I love her jazz numbers and the tributes to greats. This CD is kickin. One to have in the playlist.

Love her

My mom had this cd for years and we played it until we couldn't anymore. Finally getting it again

Biography

Born: February 6, 1950 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The daughter of jazz and pop legend Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole forged a successful career in three phases. She began in the '70s as a soul-rooted artist, had success in the '80s with pop-oriented R&B material, and then followed in the footsteps of her father with traditional pop as her foundation from the '90s through the early 2010s. From 1976 through 2009, she won nine Grammy awards, including Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female...
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