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Barbra Streisand Sings Jazz Standards
Love is the Answer followed Live In Concert 2006. Not bad for a three-year break, Barbra sings the notes and lyrics like she is on stage in a cabaret.
Love is the Answer
Listening while Barbra Streisand sings jazz standards is not a dream but a true recording if you take time to listen to her album called . If you are for blood Streisand fan, then you know about this album. If not a fan but an admire, this may be the first time you ever heard she is also a jazz singer. Love is the Answer
Streisand’s Love is the Answer arrived on the streets and radio airwaves in 2009. Clearly, she sings like the songs are part of her being while performing them with a passion for jazz. “It’s a toast to life,” Barbra explained in an interview.
Love is the Answer followed Live In Concert 2006. Not bad for a three-year break, Barbra sings the notes and lyrics like she is on stage in a cabaret. All jazzy and with emotional lucidity, depth and above all maturity, her renditions are deep but cherished of early dawn thoughts of bygone sorrows looking for kindhearted comforts.
The jazz album advanced the chance for Barbra to perform in the studio with the Grammy-winning Canadian jazz pianist Diana Krall and her quartet (bass, guitar, drums), commanding a finesse and fleshly tenderness to the sheer and understated compositions. They had never worked together before but you cannot tell because the music flows and blends so nicely.
Grammy-winner arranger Johnny Mandel
An exclusive pleasure during the studio recording of the album is celebrated songsmith and Grammy-winner arranger Johnny Mandel. Mandel had been in the studio before with Barbra in 1993 while recording her Back to Broadway album. He even hooked up with Diane Krall arranging and co-producing Krall’s 1998 Grammy-winning jazz album called When I look in Your Eyes. With all the familiarity and talent in the studio, it is easy to understand how Mandel brought his awe-inspiring orchestrations to their collaboration of Love is Answer.
Listening to the standards, some of them held my spirit. “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” has been sung by the legends like Frank Sinatra. “If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” is truly the essential version of the Jacques Brel standard presented in English as well as French. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up” is one of those songs Barbra sang before back in a St. Louis club when she was only 18. She kept the same version for her album, which is known as the first ever version of this standard produced in a studio.
I must tell you about “Gentle Rain,” a tender bossa nova performance that derived from Black Orpheus, a movie that presented to the world the rhythm style of Brazilian music. ”Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” the essential wistful standard, firstly written as a Broadway show tune by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach in Roberta, a 1933 operetta, performed by Nat “King” Cole and the Platters, as well as other great talents. “Some Other Time,” a jewel, that is rarely performed, arranged by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Comden.
All jazzy and with emotional lucidity, depth and above all maturity, her renditions are deep but cherished of early dawn thoughts of bygone sorrows looking for kindhearted comforts.
Jazz standards tickle my ears and fill my heart with delight. To hear Barbra Streisand sing them on the album Love is Answer is pure joy. Focusing on all album’s songs, I nod to “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” as my ultimate my favorite. For one, it is a praised Sinatra standard, and Barbra’s version is frothy, despondent, and enchanting.