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Natalie Cole: Ask a Woman Who Knows [Import]

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Natalie Cole's transition from R&B diva to sophisticated pop-jazz crooner is nothing new (cf. Unforgettable, her early '90s tribute to father Nat "King" Cole), but it comes to its fullest fruition with this 90-minute, 18-song performance, recorded in London with a full orchestra. The 2002 show (originally aired on PBS) celebrates the release of Cole's Tommy LiPuma-produced CD of the same name, and the majority of the songs from that album are heard here, along with "This Will Be," her first solo hit, and others. Cole is also joined by Diana Krall for two numbers, including a swinging "Route 66" (popularized by Cole's dad half a century ago), while Krall performs the Gershwin standard "'S Wonderful" solo, adding a sultry, understated vibe to the proceedings. Nothing particularly challenging here, but Cole has clearly found her footing. A 17-minute interview with the singer highlights the DVD bonus features. --Sam Graham

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Take some great singing, a big band and talent from one of todays best jazz vocalist Natalie Cole...and you have "Ask a Woman Who Knows", a collection of classic jazz, with todays best and greats in the field of live entertainment. This DVD is reminicent of the "Unforgettable" outing, as Natalie reunites with producer Tommy LiPuma. Some very treasured tunes that are not heard frequently with arrangements by Rob Mounsey, Alan Broadbent and John Clayton. The result is lush-velvet strings and blends of brass echoing the tempo and mood of the tune.
Some stand outs come to mind ~ "SO MANY STARS", from the pens of Sergio Mendes/Alan & Marilyn Bergman leap from the page, with a haunting performance by Natalie that leaves you wanting more ~ "SOON", this George Gershwin standard was a favorite of mine back when Jacklie Gleason and Bobby Hackett blazed a trail of hit albums in the '50s, but when Natalie sinks her teeth into this one, you've heard the best from todays best ~ "I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU", another favorite from my days of listening to Johnny Mathis, the arrangement on this CD lends to atmospheric blends with Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn ~ "BETTER THAN ANYTHING", joined by Diana Krall, Natalie and Krall give their fans a rare lyrical treat ~ "MY BABY JUST CARE FOR ME", not only is this a classic song, but a classic performance by a classy gal.
This is just like being there with 18 tracks performed live in London...mixed in 5.1 and Stereo, simply outstanding...also includes two bonus tracks "MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW and "I'M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT". Exclusive interview with Natalie Cole that have many insights into her life and performances, gotta love it!
Total Time: 90 mins ~ Hip-O/Universal 440-065-564-9 ~ (2003)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swinging like her daddy Jan. 25 2004
There are surprisingly few good jazz dvds out there these days. Diana Krall Live in Paris is one of the best. This one is mighty good too. And as a bonus we get Diana making a guest appearance for 3 songs. I gave the Krall dvd 5 stars (see my review), so a little surprised to see Natalie outshine Diana here. Natalie sings with more energy and style, and a touch more soul. This is a great performance, with the help of a swinging band that can really belt it out. Sound quality is first rate, although in dolby 5.1 rather than newer dts (I sure could not tell any difference). In widescreen too, which is also nice. Song selection is good, but could have been better. A few tunes are more soul/pop, which I think takes away from the jazz theme. A minor quibble...this is still a must have dvd. I give it 4 1/2 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...with someone who knows ~ May 25 2003
This DVD is good for a relaxing evening of jazz oriented sounds and the pleasant views of Ms. Cole, her guest, and musicians. The entire DVD seems to be geared towards those of us who value peace, relative quiet, and a meditative experience. I love Natalie for doing this concert. It's where I go when I want to escape to paradise...with someone who "knows."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cole adds glamour to live jazz Jan. 19 2004
By welek
This exclusive PBS musical is easily Natalie Cole's best comeback in spotlight after the UNFORGETTABLE 10 years ago, her reunion spell with producer Verve record label Tommy LiPuma is no less as diva-ish as ever. The same titled album equally saw Cole in a recognised new height the same year, better still she's not doing a tribute to her great Dad but sparkles on her own.
Cole effortlessly adds glamour to live jazz with her great swinging vocal and natural womanly sophistication. The crowd adored her throughout the show and allowed her to flirt with the moments such as during ASK A WOMAN WHO KNOWS, TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT etc. Because "this is the evening for the ladies but you gentlemen were just invited in..." she said.
Not just the band and the music, the costumes for Cole were manificient too in the evening. She completely exudes her great status of dressing in some of the best, curvy evening gowns, from the opening I HAVEN'T GOT ANYTHING TO DO to MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW.
Then came the wonderfully cool Diana Krall. Merely a few seconds of welcoming applause the room was quickly turned in to a new level of atmosphere in her exquisite piano along solo 'S WONDERFUL. Cole joined in for the following duet ROUTE 66 - the only Nat King Cole tribute in this show. She's now incredibly sexy in white lace with black crystal-shimmering leggings and t'was a perfect match with Krall in black silk and jeans, lovely!
Other highlights in the evening are: Cole's self-styled I'M A WOMAN, I'M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT, CALLING YOU the 1998 Academy winner, and BETTER THAN ANYTHING another duet with Krall.
A must-enjoy DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "bonus tracks on this classic DVD ~ Natalie Cole" Feb. 3 2003
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Take some great singing, a big band and talent from one of todays best jazz vocalist Natalie Cole...and you have "Ask a Woman Who Knows", a collection of classic jazz, with todays best and greats in the field of live entertainment. This DVD is reminicent of the "Unforgettable" outing, as Natalie reunites with producer Tommy LiPuma. Some very treasured tunes that are not heard frequently with arrangements by Rob Mounsey, Alan Broadbent and John Clayton. The result is lush-velvet strings and blends of brass echoing the tempo and mood of the tune.
Some stand outs come to mind ~ "SO MANY STARS", from the pens of Sergio Mendes/Alan & Marilyn Bergman leap from the page, with a haunting performance by Natalie that leaves you wanting more ~ "SOON", this George Gershwin standard was a favorite of mine back when Jacklie Gleason and Bobby Hackett blazed a trail of hit albums in the '50s, but when Natalie sinks her teeth into this one, you've heard the best from todays best ~ "I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU", another favorite from my days of listening to Johnny Mathis, the arrangement on this CD lends to atmospheric blends with Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn ~ "BETTER THAN ANYTHING", joined by Diana Krall, Natalie and Krall give their fans a rare lyrical treat ~ "MY BABY JUST CARE FOR ME", not only is this a classic song, but a classic performance by a classy gal.
This is just like being there with 18 tracks performed live in London...mixed in 5.1 and Stereo, simply outstanding...also includes two bonus tracks "MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW and "I'M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT". Exclusive interview with Natalie Cole that have many insights into her life and performances, gotta love it!
Total Time: 90 mins ~ Hip-O/Universal 440-065-564-9 ~ (2003)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate concert classic~Bravo Natalie Cole! Jan. 22 2013
By Bradly Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Never has an artist been captured in a concert setting more brilliantly than Natalie Cole in "Ask A Woman Who Knows", lush opulent setting in this extraordinary BBC spectacular production is the ultimate...lovers of great performers will find this incredible concert experience a "must have", magnificent "Diva" concert experience is one to be enjoyed over and over, Natalie Cole is a brilliant performer who gives everything and more throughout this glorious production filmed with a full orchestra in a luxurious theater in London, never has a live recorded concert been so brilliantly captured, at the very top of her form in every way, Natalie Cole is a legendary performer who hit the summit of what great performing is all about in this amazing legendary performance, guest Diana Krall is stunning and together they are the icing on the cake...get this phenomenal event while available & be blown away by one of the greatest ever filmed Concert Classic events...Bravo Natalie Cole!!!
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...with someone who knows ~ May 25 2003
By Steven W. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
This DVD is good for a relaxing evening of jazz oriented sounds and the pleasant views of Ms. Cole, her guest, and musicians. The entire DVD seems to be geared towards those of us who value peace, relative quiet, and a meditative experience. I love Natalie for doing this concert. It's where I go when I want to escape to paradise...with someone who "knows."
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Feb. 24 2013
By Ray Cotter, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice job, it works, price was right, love to to bus., again with you. . Thanks Again. Keep your stars coming!!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine concert yet wish it was not the only one March 18 2012
By Peter J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Natalie live is great but wish it was not the only concert that is really available from her. She performs mainly the songs from the same titled album cd that was released around the same time as the this dvd vs. many of the classic pop songs she is known for. Would be nice to see a more well rounded concert dvd release with a more mix of songs. I have a 1994 concert with her and Frank Sinatra from Japan in the form of an authorized bootleg from one of Sinatra's fan clubs. Would be nice to see it re-mastered on say blu-ray and released commercially not just for her but since it was also one of Frank's last performances.

Peter J. Miller
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