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Thread #46624   Message #943473
Posted By: Fortunato
30-Apr-03 - 09:19 AM
Thread Name: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Subject: RE: Review: PHILLY FOLKSONG SOCIETY Reviews
Diana Krall: "The Look of Love"
If Sherry Somach blurs the bundling board that separates folk from jazz, Diana Krall ignores it. Hers is the sultry jazz of Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington, caressing lyrics and riding melody like a Saturday night cowboy showing off at Mickey Gillies'. Her recently released Verve CD,"The Look of Love" is captivating and revealing. Draped in Claus Ogerman arrangements, Ms Krall is as romantic or joyous or resigned as her songs require. Her bittersweet "Cry Me a River" is what Julie London's classic version should have been and I am sorry that Richard Rogers didn't live to hear "S'wonderful" performed just right. This CD is available in all the major outlets, but if you cant find it, there is a web site.

Ry Cooder: Ibrahim Ferrer, "Buenos Hermanos"
Far too often, on the way from tradition to transition, the stalwarts of the past are forgotten or, at best, treated like hoary relics and consigned to obscurity. When Ry Cooder, good man that he is, found, recreated and presented the Buena Vista Social Club, he opened the eyes, the ears and the mind of the 21st century audience to their own rich heritage. The concerts and documentary films of those legendary Havana giants spawned an awareness of the treasures that exist in every genre and ushered in such projects of rediscovery as STANDING IN THE SHADOW OF MOTOWN. Mr. Cooder continues to sponsor his rediscoveries. His latest release is a collection of performances by Buena Vista's Ibrahim Ferrer, "Buenos Hermanos". What a revelation is Ibrahim Ferrer. Was he a better singer thirty years ago? How much more soulful and passionate could he have been? His is the voice of life and love and leisure. His lyrics fall from his lips like the gardenia petals he sings about. The sweet nylon strung guitar accompaniment is as right as rain on a roof. Nonesuch Records is the releaser or distributor or something of the sort and I hope they have a big hit with this one.

--- Michael Miller for PFS
Reprinted from PFS "Tune Up," by permission