I HAVE to disagree....
John Holderried | Queens, NY United States | 04/18/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've read all the glowing reviews for this CD, and honestly I don't get it. Admittedly I'm not the biggest fan of jazz, but I'm a huge fan of cover albums. Mostly Beatles covers, but I've also collected a lot of Stones, Pink Floyd and Zeppelin covers.
I've enjoyed CDs that put country or blues spins on the Rolling Stones - those seem to work - but soft jazz just didn't do it for me.
It's not for lack of trying - these songs would be right at home on the Easy Jazz radio station, and the high-powered guest talent like Norah Jones and Sheryl Crow certainly give their all, but seriously, what's the big deal?
Here's what it comes down to - this album made me realize how important LYRICS are to a Rolling Stones song. Strip away the words and play a song like "Satisfaction" or "Street Fighting Man" with just sax, drums and jazz guitar, and what have you got? Just a bunch of repetitive riffs, it seems like.
If the background singers weren't singing "Slipping Away" during track 3, I wouldn't have even been able to tell what song that was supposed to be.
One review said that Tim Ries was "breathing jazz life into the rock tunes". Umm, they were pretty lively already, dude. These covers sound much slower and more lethargic than the originals. "Sophisticated"? Try "Sedated"."
MADC | America Latina | 12/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok...I love the Stones and their music ( almost all my life)...but I also love Jazz...and this "project" is amazing..!! It deserves 6 stars. I got it today and I've been listening to it all afternoon..!! The arrangements , the concept and the musicians are GREAT. What music ..man!!! Bernard, Lisa ( I love her..!!),Norah, John Scofield ( I am a great fan ),Patitucci ( I am also a fan of this guy) and the rest of the crew just did what they always do..great music...And it was a great experience to listen to these guys with Keith, Ron and Charlie in the same CD...
You do not need to be an all time fan of the Greatest R&R Band in the World like myself to love this CD..you just have to love music.
Mr. Ries ...take a bow...TWO THUMBS UP , for you."