Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun|
Golden Slumbers: A Father's Lullaby
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Children's Music
This is a real sleeper of an album, literally. Smooth-jazz musicians--including Peter White, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, David Benoit, and others--play music here to put babies to sleep. Fans of New Age music, specifically wha... more »
This is a real sleeper of an album, literally. Smooth-jazz musicians--including Peter White, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, David Benoit, and others--play music here to put babies to sleep. Fans of New Age music, specifically what came out of the Pacific Northwest in the '80s, may find many of these 14 tracks reminiscent of that period. Long-time listeners of smooth-jazz radio may be reminded of the kind of ethereal, spacey music that was played in the early days of the format. Many of the songs are as obvious as Brian Culbertson's somnambulating "Brahms' Lullaby" and Koz's "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," but some are inspired choices with creative arrangements and strong performances. Koz and his brother Jeff shine on the Beatles' title tune and the other Lennon/McCartney chestnut, "Blackbird." Brown's take on James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" is also moving, while not straying from the stillness of the concept. Perhaps the standout track is the superb performance of vocalist John Stoddart on Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." --Mark Ruffin
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Ruth H. (TxLadyRAH) from LEANDER, TX
Reviewed on 9/22/2006...
Unbelieveably wonderful and soothing.
K. Bortz | Delmont, PA USA | 09/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the first lush, bell-like sounds of "Blackbird", it's obvious that this CD is all about the lullaby. And I've never heard a prettier collection of music in my life. Maybe it's the sentimentality of being the father of a 15-month old, but more than a few tracks brought me near to tears, and that's on the first listen. Each expressive note evokes the sounds of a small stuffed animal, mobile, etc playing those tinky notes that sounds like the sweetest music ever played. Highlights are "Blackbird", Brahm's Lullaby, "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Golden Slumber", and....."Isn't She Lovely". The soft, amazing, understated vocal for this song creates an interpretation that floored me. Be warned - you will never forget it. It's a reworking of the song that rises well above Stevie Wonder's and really brings out the words in a whole new, beautiful way.I'm sure this is not for everyone. It's very mellow. There's no great improvisations for the jazz purists. But it's a great sound and I think every new parent should receive a copy."
Just what this mommy was looking for
DTK | Atlanta | 02/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this to play as background music during my son's naps. I can't tell whether he likes it better than any of the other music I put on for him, but it's my absolute favorite.
The music is relaxing but not boring. Each piece offers a gorgeous arrangement, mostly of songs you'll find familiar. Sometimes as I hear the strains of the CD coming through the baby monitor, I just feel overwhelmed. The music is so peaceful, it just makes me feel sentimental about my precious little boy and how I wish everything in his world could always be as gentle as this music is."