Whether in marketing or programming, much is made of the difference between the “Lean Forward” and “Lean Back” engagement styles. There are all kinds of places to find out more.
But let me add my own description – if I’m actively engaged in what’s going on, paying attention to each detail, I’m leaning forward. If I’m enjoying the atmosphere, catching the general vibe, I’m leaning back.
It’s always good when one can enjoy something on both levels.
Jacqui Dankworth – Live to Love
Released – September 30, 2013
For those of you just joining us (read: colonists), Jacqui Dankworth has an impeccable pedigree. the child of Sir John Phillip William Dankworth, CBE, known better as Johnny, one of the UK’s – hell, the world’s – most formidable jazz reed guys, and Dame Cleo Laine, DBE, better known as she of the three-octave range, and – oh, yeah – one of the world’s most formidable jazz singers. So one expects not just good, but *great* stuff.
I have yet to be disappointed.
Whether leaning back and allowing the music to wash over; or leaning forward and paying close attention to the impeccably assembled lyrics, this album is a joy.
I’m partial to the eight originals, myself – especially the sweetly-swingy “It’s Tomorrow’s World,” which Ms. Dankworth penned with her dad, or the top-down, coast highway sound of “Malala.”
There’s a cover of Johnny Mercer’s “Something’s Gotta Give” that’s pretty special, too.
Plenty to like – the Broadsky String Quartet joins on three tracks, Ben Castle on sax, Paul Clarvis on percussion, Ralph Salmins on Drums, Chris Allard plays guitar, Geoff Gascoyne shares arranging with pianist Charlie Wood.
This album follows “It Happens Quietly,” a tribute to Ms. Dankworth’s father, full of great covers. This one happens mostly quietly, too – but soars in surprising ways that are a real treat.
Very highly recommended.
Apropos of nearly nothing else mentioned here – there’s an interesting referral to an article over at Ann Delisi’s Essential Music page on Facebook – regarding the peanuts that flow to artists from music streaming services. Check the Guardian’s story here.
Not through with Christmas songs yet. I’m sure a disc or two will come flying over the transom between now and the holiday. (Got one already with a Valentine’s Day theme!)
In the meantime – a clip from my favorite holiday movie, “White Christmas.” Rosie, Vera, and the boys on the way to Vermont with “Snow.”