[JPL] The Latin side of Gladys Knight is also good.

tomthejazzman at earthlink.net tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Tue Sep 12 11:45:31 EDT 2006


The Gladys CD is nice but could have been better with sax solos from Hank
Crawford or David Sanborn or even Tom Scott or someone who played with more
of the Blues angle.  Even Phil Woods would work for my ears.  Just another
opinion.  It is a good CD and I'll allow our listeners to decide.  ALOHA 
Tom


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> Date: 9/12/2006 11:38:35 AM
> Subject: [JPL] The Latin side of Gladys Knight is also good.
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> Although I have not yet received nor heard the jazz recording by Gladys
> Knight I am not surprised that it is a "good ole goodun" and obtaining
> positive feedback in and out of this forum. A few weeks ago while I was
> spending a morning driving George Duke around Denver visiting his family
and
> KUVO, he mentioned how much he enjoyed Gladys' recording, apparently he
> contributed to the album. He then informed that Lady Ree had called him to
> work on her next project, 'Retha's return to jazz and blues.
>
> After Ms. Franklin I have always thought Gladys was the best female soul
> singer and by far the best female led group of Motown then for other
labels
> in the '70s, while most enjoy Marvin Gaye's version of I've Heard It
Through
> The Grapevine the best, for me Gladys and the Pips' rendition which
preceded
> it was far better.
>
> About 2 years ago a group of US artists, mostly rockers, traveled to Cuba
to
> record an album with Cuban artists, the project "Bridge to Havana" was
> overall a bit disappointing for me however the best track was Gladys
> Knight's "Feelin' Good (Vacilón)", she captured the feel of a cha cha chá
> perfectly, similar to what Nat Cole had done in the 50s when he recorded
in
> Cuba. Gladys can sing any style she desires very well, she is under rated
in
> most people's books.
>
> Arturo Gómez
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