On this beautiful CD, Laura showcases unique interpretations of some of her favorite jazz standards. “She is an extraordinary four-octave singer who blends jazz, blues, soul, and pop into seemingly the only possible expression” (New York Post). Laura has created her version of the present day smooth jazz sound, featuring an impressive array of musicians, including Eric Wollman on guitar, Kelly Conner and Don Rebic on piano, Leon Dorsey and Don Gladstone on bass, and Vincent Ector and Neil Tufano on drums.
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This CD shines with Laura's love for the popular/jazz standard. All of the tunes on this record are simply stated and features Laura improvising with some of her favorite studio musicians. This recording truly states Laura's love for “music in the moment” and flows seamlessly from start to finish.
1. Lullaby of Birdland
2. Someday My Prince Will Come
3. In A Sentimental Mood
5. There Will Never Be Another You
6. The Man I Love
7. I Got It Bad
8. What Is This Thing Called Love?
9. The Lady Is A Tramp
10. As Time Goes By
11. When I Fall In Love
Laura Theodore, Vocals
Kelly Conner, Piano
Eric Wollman, Guitar
Leon Dorsey, Bass
Vincent Ector, Drums
Don Rebic, Piano (Tracks 5, 6, & 7)
Don Gladstone, Bass (Tracks 5, 6, & 7)
Neil Tufano, Drums (Tracks 5, 6, & 7)
Produced By: Andy Ebberbach & Laura Theodore
Tracks 5, 6, & 7 Produced By: Bill Eisele & Laura Theodore
Recorded at: Kampo Studios, NYC & New Breed, NYC
Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered By: Andy Ebberbach
Digitally Mastered at: Consetino Film and Video
Assistant Engineers: Jim McNamara & Alex deJonge
Photos: Sue Ann Miller
Reviews of What Is This Thing Called Jazz?
Laura Theodore’s voice is a diverse instrument... showing off her spectacular range and vocal stylings on most of the standards here. Theodore’s musicianship and that of her band produce plenty of wonderful music moments.
Sunsh Stein, Jazz Times