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Artist: Metropolitan Jazz Octet And Dee Alexander
Title: Too Hot For Words
Format: CD
Catalog Number:5032
Barcode:038153503222 itemnumber=1000123971
Price: $15.98  (All prices include domestic shipping.)
Genre: JAZZ
Release Date: 9/20/2019
Availability: Not Currently In Stock
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"To Hot For Words" blends the tight-knit swing of the Metropolitan Jazz Octet with the unerring musicianship of Dee Alexander to mark the 60th anniversary of Billie Holiday's departure from the planet, mixing Holiday classics with some of Lady Day's lesser- known repertoire.The arrangements sparkle, and Alexander shines as bright as ever. But at no point does she attempt to mimic Holiday. (What would be the point of that)? And the arrangements don't try to imitate the little "orchestras" that accompanied Holiday's greatest recordings. (No point in that either.) These new settings respect the songs, but reframe them for our era. The album becomes a sort of telescoping time capsule: sterling musicians of the 21st century, building upon an octet sound crafted 50 years earlier, revitalizing songs that Holiday began recording in the 1930s.

Track Listing
Ain’t Nobody’s Business 5:08

Things are Looking Up 5:39

You’re So Desirable 5:43

The Blues Are a Brewin’(5:14

Somebody’s On My Mind 5:49

Strange Fruit 4:53

I Wished On The Moon 4:45

It’s Too Hot For Words 4:10

I’m a Fool to Want You 5:50

Twenty Four Hours a Day 2:39

Performers on this Album
The Metropolitan Jazz Octet
John Kornegay - alto saxophone, clarinet
Jim Gailloreto - tenor saxophone, flute
Peter Brusen - baritone saxophone. bass clarinet Doug Scharf - trumpet
Russ Phillips - trombone
Bob Sutter - piano
Doug Bistrow - bass
Bob Rummage - drums
special guests artist
Dee Alexander - vocals
Strings (tracks 2, 6, 8, 9) Lisa Fako
Jeff Yang
Michèle Lekas
Jeri-Lou Zike Wendy Benner Sarah Kim
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Release Format: CD         
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