我也不免俗的一直听著日法混血的音乐，曾被定义为涉谷系，如果要重新定义，就靠法国DJ Dimitri from Paris的 Chanson à la mode inspired by Disney's The Aristocats
开头的Very Stylish Cat开场，接上everybody wants to be a cat(美国版试听)，日本版基本上还是swing jazz的基调，由日本老歌星水木一郎唱出，配上他喵喵的两声，感觉挺奇异。Cat的意义被不停的演绎著。
这专辑，甜美如法国，乾净如日本，但却是日本迪士尼的周边商品，还好只是Inspired，并没有很卡通，Dimiri from Paris的日法混血专辑，听起来就像French Kitty。反而离Aristocats 较远一些。
Sunaga T’s Experience
还包括了法国古典Bolero Gymnopédie No.1
minna neko ni naritai no sa (everybody wants to be a cat)
When you think of Disney, you think of an innovative company that has produced some of the most famous and entertaining films and television series of our time. When you think of jazz you think of a genre of music, somewhat difficult to define, but one that is extremely influential. Put the two together and you have one of the most unique and interesting albums of all time.
Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat is a compilation of some of Disney films’ greatest music re-envisioned in jazz mode. The album features thirteen tracks of songs we all know and love from our childhood, including Chim Chim Cher-ee, Some Day My Prince Will Come, You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag), It’s a Small World, Circle of Life and more, all receiving the jazz treatment from artists like Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spalding, Nikki Yanofsky, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joshua Redman and more.
Re-inventing these timeless classics while still maintaining the integrity and meaning of the songs could not be an easy task. And yet, the artists featured on this album seem to have done so perfectly with little effort. Dianne Reeves’ sexy, sultry voice seems to add just that more meaning to the Lady and the Tramp song, He’s a Tramp. Toy Story’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me has just a tad bit more spice as performed by Joshua Redman. Never could I have imagined Mary Poppins in jazz mode, but we find two songs receiving the jazz treatment - Chim Chim Cher-ee and Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag) with equal skill and grace.
The piano solos were amazing, the horns sultry and smooth. The percussion, ranging from fast and out of control to soft and enticing, represented the extraordinary range of what jazz actually can be. Even violins, accordions and kora get into the mix, adding another layer of texture to the culturally driven genre.
My only complaint is the rendition of Gaston by The Bad Plus. I have always enjoyed the comedic and vaudevillian style of this song from Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps I just don’t share the same vision as The Bad Plus, but I found that by speeding things up, they made the song barely recognizable. I thought that if the song were slowed down a notch and some jazz percussion added in, Gaston could have been quite enjoyable. To me, The Bad Plus version is not only difficult to recognize, but hodge-podge-ish, erupting with a cacophony of sound and little substance.
All-in-all, I found this first volume of jazz interpreted Disney hits to be quite enjoyable and wonder what the second volume might bring. Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat is less for kids and more for the adventurous adult, one who can appreciate the re-invention of time honored classics into something new and exciting. Disney Jazz Volume 1: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat will be available for jazz aficionados everywhere January 25, 2010.
01. 'Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat' (The Aristocats) Roy Hargrove
02. 'Chim Chim Cher-ee' (Mary Poppins) Esperanza Spalding
03. 'Some Day My Prince Will Come' (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) Dave Brubeck
04. 'Find Yourself' (Cars) Regina Carter
05. 'You've Got A friend In Me' (Toy Story) Joshua Redman
06. 'He's A Tramp' (Lady and the Tramp) Dianne Reeves
07. 'Feed The Birds' (Mary Poppins) Kurt Rosenwinkel
08. 'Gaston' (Beauty and the Beast) The Bad Plus
09. 'Alice In Wonderland' (Alice in Wonderland) Roberta Gambarini / Dave Brubeck Trio
10. 'The Bare Necessities' (The Jungle Book) Alfredo Rodriguez
11. 'It's A Small World' (It's A Small World) Nikki Yanofsky
12. 'Belle' (Beauty and the Beast) Gilad Hekselman
13. 'Circle of Life' (The Lion King) Mark Rapp