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Nature Boy: The Standards Album (Hybr)
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
New Orleans crooner Aaron Neville is known for many things: he first scored an R&B hit with "Tell it Like it Is" in the '60s; his duets with Linda Ronstadt have exposed him to wider audiences; and he sings with his sibling... more »
New Orleans crooner Aaron Neville is known for many things: he first scored an R&B hit with "Tell it Like it Is" in the '60s; his duets with Linda Ronstadt have exposed him to wider audiences; and he sings with his siblings in the Neville Brothers. Produced and arranged by keyboardist Rob Mounsey, the material is culled from a variety of pop and jazz standards. With a rhythm section consisting of bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate, and guitarist Anthony Wilson, Neville puts his Crescent City charm on old favorites such as "Danny Boy" with guitarist Ry Cooder; "Since I Fell For You" with his saxophonist brother, Charles Neville; and a silken rendition of "Cry Me a River" with tenor sax titan Michael Brecker. Ms. Ronstadt guest stars on "Blame It on My Youth," with Roy Hargrove providing the creamy Clifford Brown-tones. Even as he sings Gershwin's "Summertime" as a reggae number, Aaron Neville's vivid voice echoes the eternal tones of the late Benny Carter's vibrato-rich alto sax sound. One question: Why wasn't this done before? --Eugene Holley, Jr.
I must be the minority...
T. Snyder | AZ | 03/17/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First off, Aaron Neville has a beautiful voice, so he gets points for having such a unique voice.However, I found nearly all of this album "Nature Boy" to be way too slow. This is almost sleep-inducing music. I've heard a lot of these standards before and they are not usually done this slow. So I would be listening to a familiar song, waiting for it to pick up anytime now, but it never did. +'s Neville's voice, the selection of familiar songs, Roy Hargrove sounds great as a guest on trumpet/flugelhorn-'s The whole pace of the album. Just generally too s-l-o-w.Overall, I'll have to disagree with the majority and say this one's not worth the money."
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JazzDiva | Edison, NJ | 10/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know who in the world would not give this a 5 star rating! This is a CD that you can play from start to finish without skipping past any track. "The Shadow Of Your Smile" is smooth and superb. Each song a jewel. Sleep enducing? I think not! Dream inspiring perhaps. Worth every red cent I paid for it. As for the reviewer's 10 year old daughter who commented "I love this music": Right on sister!"