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|Jonathan & Darlene Edwards|
Jonathan and Darlene's Greatest Hits
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
For the average recording artist assembling a Greatest Hits album is a relatively simple procedure - just putting together the ten or twelve most successful recordings the artist has enjoyed in his or her career. In the ... more »
For the average recording artist assembling a Greatest Hits album is a relatively simple procedure - just putting together the ten or twelve most successful recordings the artist has enjoyed in his or her career. In the case of Jonathan and Darlene the selection is certainly far more complicated. Jonathan is of course firmly convinced that every track in their five albums is a real hit, and the process of picking the best fourteen for Volume One has been a difficult and trying one for him. The carefree abandon of their first PIANO ARTISTRY album, the Gallic sophistication of their PARIS album, the magical arrangements and Darlene's innovative sound effects of the SINGALONG, the nostalgic excellence of SONGS FOR SHEIKS AND FLAPPERS, and finally the swinging jazz of the DUKE AND FATS album all make for an extremely tortuous selective process. And then some of their younger fans insisted that their adventures with contemporary music be included. These were made during Jonathan's NOW period, where he brought his remarkable genius into full contact with the popular song of today. Darlene's remarkable effort on STAYIN' ALIVE, which required hospitalization for a few days after the recording session, is a testament to the dedication these artists bring to their work. ENJOY, and be on the lookout for Volume Two!
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The Movie Man | Maywood, New Jersey USA | 11/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was introduced to Darlene Edwards some years ago, and am pleased that some of her best songs are now available on CD. Accompanied by husband Jonathan on piano, Darlene is unafraid to give the Great American Songbook standards her very unusual interpretations -- ones not found by any other performer, living or dead. Darlene and Jonathan attack each number with a raw ferocity that is refreshing in today's world of rhythmic, soundalike tunes. Once you hear this fascinating duo, you will never forget them. Hearing Darlene warble "I Love Paris" is like reliving that tragic romantic break-up, listening to Jonathan play "Dizzy Fingers" with total abandon shows how a true musician is not bound by the restrictions of the song sheet, and experiencing "Stayin' Alive" clearly shows what the definitive version of this tune should be. Bee Gees, be damned.
I love Darlene and Jonathan Edwards. They are dear to my heart, and they will always grace my dinner parties and holiday get togethers. They are practically part of the family."
An alltime best!
Susan H. Borwick | NC USA | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was little, I "discovered" the original J&DE LPs. They've been my secret passion, better than chocolate, ever since--for well over 40 years. I've even used some of the songs' "mixed meters" as graduate-level metric dictation in my music theory ear-training teaching! I've shared them with very best friends, as a show of closeness in our relationship.
Buy all of these you can get hold of. They'll change your life!
Warning: The sounds themselves are difficult for highly sensitive musical ears to hear. A suggestion: First describe the cd's humor and get a commitment to listen from The Ears. They'll then enjoy the humor in the midst of aural madness.