Smokey Robinson!!! Re: [JPL] Gladys Knight - Say What?

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 12 16:58:45 EDT 2006


Hmmmm......now considering I've been a jazz musician for over 25 years of my life and have worked with some of the great "jazz" singers.....such as....Jon Hendricks, Carol Sloane, Shelia Jordan, Roseanna Vitro....etc....... .I think I know when I hear someone singing or playing jazz or not and Gladys Knight is singing jazz on this record. No "pretending." Some just can't accept that reality or don't want to. 
   
  My love for this release is simply based on her performance on this CD. It's expected that some would just blow her off - heck, I almost did - because she hasn't been associated with jazz which would be a mistake in this case. Thankfully I didn't. I'm personally not a fan of the popsters coming into jazz and thinking they can pull it off because most don't. Never have been but this release......I would put up against any so called jazz singer that has released something this year and that includes Roberta Gambarini and Diana Krall.
   
  Jae Sinnett 

Mark Shapiro <speaklow at earthlink.net> wrote: 
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Jim, 

I take albums one by one, whether by a mega-famous star or by an unknown. I agree that it is unfortunate that great music goes unrecognized, but I don't agree that a pop star has not contributed to the art with a particular album only for the fact that he or she hasn't contributed to the art of jazz previously while other artists languish in undeserved obscurity. In this conversation I've been extolling a particular album, definitely not because the artist is famous, but rather because I love the music, no matter the artist is famous or not.

Mark Shapiro

>Mark, Jae, and anyone else who may be still reading this thread....
>
>This is all very well and good that famous pop stars are doing albums 
>of standards and pretending to be jazz singers, but I think it's 
>unfortunate that these "projects" draw attention only to themselves 
>and do nothing for the real art of jazz singing. With all the pop 
>stars doing "jazz albums" (standards albums, really), the real jazz 
>singers who've worked hard to hone their talents for years, decades in 
>some cases, get ignored.


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