Thursday, April 14, 2005

Queen for a CD

Maybe you’re not much into rap and you think her talk show and movies (except “Chicago”) have been goofy (I personally find her interesting), Dana Owens, A.K.A. Queen Latifah, can flat out sing in jazz and R&B mode. And she’s got some great accompaniment on “The Dana Owens Album,” including Herbie Hancock and John Patitucci, along with the Rev. Al Green on his “Simply Beautiful.” “Moody’s Mood for Love,” “Hard Times,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” are also highlights on a CD that’s all good as far as I’m concerned.

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