Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Jump Back Honey: Complete Okeh Sessions
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
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Jonathan Roberts | Long Beach, CA United States | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Very good collection. Draw a bath, light the candles, and drift."
Patrick J. Ryan | 08/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tim Hauser, Manhattan Transfer, aired an AM broadcast a couple years back in which he featured artists of bygone musical genres. After listening to one or two songs by Hadda Brooks I bought two of her CDs.
Both were quite listenable, acknowledging the fact each spotlighted performances given in her later years.
Finally I purchased "Jump Back Honey...", performances from which were obviously recorded in her younger years. The title track is rather catchy in its own offbeat way. The two boogie woogie piano pieces fit in nicely with the other vocal performances.
I especially like Track 12, "When I leave This World Behind" for its very wistful sentiment, the type of expression so devoid in much of today's music. Track 11, Irving Berlin's "Remember" receives a similar treatment and sets the listener up nicely for Track 12.
There is a certain beauty and wholesomeness throughout all the vocal numbers presented, which is not unlike the feeling one gets in looking at the CD cover photo of Ms. Brooks. Her love for the music she creates as well as for the audience she entertains is apparent throughout the entire CD.
I feel that finally when Ms. Brooks "left this world behind" she took all her beauty and talent to a place on high where those who now surround her will forever more be privileged to receive her God-given talent. God simply would not create such a joy only eventually to end it forever. Something tells me it would have been a privilege to have met her in this lifetime -- that's just how her music affects me.