Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
So Many Stars
Genres: Pop, Classical, Christian
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David Cady | Jersey City, NJ USA | 03/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As "crossover" albums go -- although that's probably an unfortunate way to pigeon-hole it -- "So Many Stars" is one of my all-time favorites. Whether at the end of a grueling day or on a quiet Sunday morning with the New York Times crossword puzzle, the combination of Battle's clear, sparkling soprano and the Caribbean influenced beat of the jazz accompaniment are the perfect antidote to a crazy world. It's superb music to relax into (NOT to be confused with muzak), brilliantly performed by all involved. The arrangements are inspired, the vocals transcendant."
Allyn | USA | 06/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kathleen Battle has taken on a whole new sound in "So Many Stars"-no opera or classical music here! Instead, folk songs, lullabies, and spirituals are the focus of this CD. In many ways it was a beautiful CD-Kathleen's voice is, as always, rich-sounding and beautiful. She seems to sing the Spanish numbers with ease and gently rolling r's, and the spiritual are sung with natural emotion when she sings them. And she didn't just stop with the songs themselves...no, this CD features a whole group of diverse musicians to accompany her. For the most part,they were great...the music really fit the mood. The casual, slightly jazzy saxophone, free-sounding, improvisational piano, Spanish-inspired guitar, and ethnic percussions add a whole new dimension to this CD-almost "cafe music" sounds. There's even one track ("Interlude") that is nothing but "pure" African sounding percussion. The only real complaint I had about this CD was that although the accompaniment was great and pleasantly unique for the most part, sometimes it sounded like the same accompaniment under every song. It's too bad it didn't sound a little more varied, instead of, "once you've heard three songs, you've heard what all the accompaniment sounds like". All in all, good CD...beautiful voice, fresh approach, and unique accompaniment."
L. Jackson | Washington, DC | 09/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Take a trip with Kathleen on this one! Her lush, exquisite, lightly melodic vocals accompanied by the likes of the late Grover Washington, Jr. and the beautiful piano stylings of Cyrus Chestnut are simply wonderful. This piece of work is a must have! Texture upon wonderful texture is captured within this project. If you are a classical music novice, like me, or you simply have ecclectic taste, this CD will become a treasured addition to your music library. Prepare to be delighted."