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And So Is Love

Rita Coolidge

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Album Review

It seems increasingly common for once-popular artists to resurface years after their heyday. What's so interesting is how they resurface. Who would've imagined Rita Coolidge, like other popular '70s singers, re-emerging 30 years down the line as a singer of jazz classics? But Coolidge, like Debby Boone before her, has done exactly that, releasing a collection of classic songs on Concord Records. Backed by a small jazz combo, And So Is Love has a classy feel to it, but it's Coolidge's resonant vocals that bring the set together. While most of the material is older, and a number of pieces like "Cry Me a River" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" come from the golden age of song, she also includes Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone" and makes it work. In fact, "We're All Alone" is one of the highlights of the album, with Coolidge transforming it into a lovely jazz standard. Her performance here also leads one to pause: are there other songs of recent vintage that would — like old standards — work just as well in a jazz context? Another icon from the past shows up — Herb Alpert — on "Estate" to lend his trademark trumpet style to the song's Latin mood. For old fans, mainstream jazz fans, and anyone who appreciates classy treatments of classic songs, Coolidge's And So Is Love is an enjoyable listen. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Rita Rules: No Disrespect Tolerated from the Youngsters

There seems to be among the greater portion of the less informed young a trend toward simply reading reviews rather than listening to and trailing the history of anything, much less that of the American divas of rock-pop--blues-gospel--we will sing at your birthday party for confetti if we have to--female vocalists who came of age and voice in the 1960s and early 1970s, gracious as they were to lend their power to the feckless men history loves best. There was Mimie Farina, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, even Joni Mitchell. Only Coolidge gave witness to her white/cherokee gospel roots and her fated musical alliance with Kris Kristofferson, of the "Rita,you are too much of a real flesh/blood woman for me. Plus, your voice is stronger than mine. Thus, I must co-star with Barbara Streisand, as we are both confessed sexual beings only in the sense of partner/performers. She understands me. You will see that when she ditches me and makes for Broderick, the hang-gliding son of Perseus." The fact is, I believed in Coolidge and Kristofferson. After they parted, I had no choice except to believe in Coolridge. She has the better vision and voice. Kris has the more raunchy stories but I doubt they match those of The Boss at this time in history. Believe in Rita. In short, nothing by Rita is badly sung. She is a female vocal treasure.

I SANG WITH HER

no joke my choir (the Childrens Chorus of Greater Dallas) sang with her at the Eismann Center in Richardson on December 16 or 17th 2006 she is AMAZING and so sweet :)

We're all Alone

Regarding main review: for those of us who enjoyed her 70s version of "We're All Alone," this new 2006 version is a refreshingly-new take. I was a bit surprised the reviewer seemed not to be aware of her previous version.

Biography

Born: May 1, 1945 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Rock

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

A versatile singer blessed with a clear, pure voice, Rita Coolidge was a capable stylist in rock, pop, R&B, country, and folk, and was a hugely in-demand session vocalist outside of her own solo recording career. Born near Nashville, Tennessee, in the town of Lafayette in 1945, Coolidge was part Cherokee and first sang in the church where her father was a minister. She studied art at Florida State University, but also sang and wrote songs on the side, and decided to give music a shot before settling...
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