There's something very special about Disney songs and the music from the magic kingdom's films and cartoons. It's music that reminds us of a special time, a time when we were young and such is the magical feeling that they conjure up that they unleash our inner child.
That feeling is captured on this brand new release from Verve by some of the best singers and musicians in the business. There's Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum and others on this new project, which has been produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey. These big band jazz covers of songs are a part of our collective childhood, wherever in the world we grew up. Music always elevated Walt Disney's films and cartoons and this album highlights the very best from what is the soundtrack to childhood.
Walt Disney loved jazz and paid great attention to the music that featured in his films. These songs heighten the emotion and bring out the personalities of unique characters such as Jiminy Cricket, Baloo, Tinker Bell or Toy Story's cowboy Woody. Several of these tunes have either been nominated for or won Academy Awards, a true acknowledgment of the quality of such beloved and enchanting future standards, which many jazz and pop stars - Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Bette Middler, Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Robbie Williams …- have covered at some point in their career.
Jazz Loves Disney was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles by a dream cast. All the artists pay rightful tribute to the most beautiful and memorable tunes of Walt Disney's magic world, producing an incredibly coherent musical tribute This is the ultimate proof of the impact Disney has had on generations of jazz musicians, including the ones taking part in Jazz Loves Disney.
The album was produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey.
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1. Jamie Cullum - Everybody Wants To Be A Cat 2. Melody Gardot - He's A Tramp 3. Stacey Kent - Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo (French Version) 4. Gregory Porter - When You Wish Upon A Star 5. China Moses - Why Don't You Do Right 6. Raphaël Gualazzi - I Wanna Be Like You 7. The Rob Mounsey Orchestra - A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes 8. Hugh Coltman - You've Got A Friend In Me 9. Anne Sila - Let It Go 10. Melody Gardot & Raphael Gualazzi - The Bare Necessities 11. Laika - Once Upon A Dream 12. Nikki Yanofsky - Un Jour Mon Prince Viendra (One Day My Prince Will Come)