Various - Velvet Jazz

2006-11-17 11:55
Some are velvety, some less so. The album cover pic is Satin, and tastelessly purple. But this compilation has about six tracks anyone will like. Worth picking up if well priced... which it will be in a few months. It's already available for about R70 at many outlets.

Compilations are tricky when you're trying to tie them together with a genre or theme. Specially when you're stretching the definition of a genre. Are the songs this CD all jazz? Not strictly. Bill Labounty's "Living it up" could loosely be called pop (But who cares it's one of the best songs on the album), as could Bill Withers' "Oh Yeah".

Velvet? If velvet means soft and luxurious and a little furry-tongued, that's not quite accurate. The majority of the tracks on this collection are decidedly plastic. But like the others in this series of 10, they're plastic in rubbery and touchable, rather than Barbie way.

On the "Velvet" front: Renee Olstead's "Summertime", Dr John and Ricky Lee Jones (though she's not credited in the sleeve) doing "Makin' Woopie", Bill Withers' "Oh yeah", Steve Tyrell's "The Very Thought of You" and a few others.

On the Jazz front, there's little, though sleepy numbers like Bob James' smooth "Angela" and Grover Washington JR's "Let it flow" get the nods even from purists.

A more accurate name might be "Restaurant music suitable for crowds who were teenagers in the 1980s and prefer their soundtracks very much in the background and not too challenging".

But that might be a little long.

- Jean Barker
Velvet Jazz... not quite, but worth it at a good price if you're picking a few classics for your iPod.

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