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Don't let the name fool you: this rare Italian songbird was born Maria D'Amato. Muldaur is to white female pop singers what Anita O'Day is to white female jazz singers--way hipper than the herd. She recorded in the '60s wi... more »
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Don't let the name fool you: this rare Italian songbird was born Maria D'Amato. Muldaur is to white female pop singers what Anita O'Day is to white female jazz singers--way hipper than the herd. She recorded in the '60s with the Even Dozen and Jim Kweskin jug bands and her then-husband, Geoff Muldaur, before going out on her own with this 1973 recording. Sidemen include people like Jim Dickinson, Spooner Oldham, Jim Keltner, Mac Rebennack, Ray Brown, and Dave Holland. Among the tunes are Jimmie Rodgers's "Any Old Time," Dolly Parton's "My Tennessee Mountain Home," and the album's hit, "Midnight at the Oasis." American music rarely gets better than this. --Stanley Booth
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Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 02/01/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Who could blame a Maria Muldaur neophite who just got this album for "Midnight At The Oasis." If there is hierarchy of 1970s pop with, say, Donnie and Marie and Debbie Boone at the bottom and Steely Dan and Roberta Flack at the top, Steely and Roberta would be standing on Maria's shoulders.
"Midnight at The Oasis" is the perfect blend of soft but edgy, poppy but jazzy that made some glossy 70s radio music top of the heap. But you may be suprised that a lot of the music on this album is New Orleans based, having a high end club sound. "Oasis" was released as the single for obvious reasons, but the rest of this music is as well done if a little differant in approach.
I am struck by the flutter in Muldaur's voice--normally such would bother me--but Muldaur understands the setting she is in and plays, making her singing a tease for the listener. It comes off with humor, and she is fully aware of this.