Janet Planet – Of Thee I Sing (2009)

Janet Planet - Of Thee I Sing (2009)
Artist: Janet Planet
Album: Of Thee I Sing
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2009
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Rhode Island is Famous for You
Manhattan
Old Cape Cod
Moonlight in Vermont
Love on a Greyhound Bus
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)
Gary, Indiana
Song of Wyoming
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Home on the Range
Deep in the Heart of Texas
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)

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Forget that the title evokes Kate Smith and the contents include some of the potentially hokiest songs ever written – whether you’re vacationing or staycationing this summer, pack this new recording into your iPod. If any of Janet’s work is going to get major airplay, Of Thee I Sing is it.

The basic concept is a winner–14 mostly familiar tunes chosen specifically to celebrate our country, our communities, and the people who live there.

But what makes this recording outstanding–in addition to Janet’s customary excellence and the solid musicianship throughout–is the good old American ingenuity of arrangers John Harmon, Tom Washatka, and Tom Theabo, who convert potentially somnolent tunes like “Home on the Range,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “Gary, Indiana,” and “Old Cape Cod” into high-octane jazz, fueling a very hip trip.

On the jazzical journey, which runs roughly east to west, you’ll make musical stops–some expected, some not–in Rhode Island, Manhattan, Cape Cod, New Orleans, Chicago, Gary, Wyoming, Chattanooga, Texas, and San Francisco. You’ll also fall in love on a Greyhound bus, somewhere along Route 66.

Aside from the pitch-perfect Janet, your traveling companions include Harmon on piano, Washatka on sax, Theabo on guitar, John Gibson on bass and Danny Leuck on drums.

With drivers this skillful, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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