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)