Blue – Diana Ross (2006)
November 8, 2007
I must admit that when I had rushed out to purchase this from Starbucks, it was only to hear what mysterious thing Berry Gordy had decided to NOT release. As has usually has been the case, when I purchase music that has been buried the Motown Vault, I enjoyed this CD and do not quite understand why Gordy elected not to release it.
For those of you that are not aware, this music was recorded at the time of the making of 1972’s “Lady Sings the Blues” and was actually conceived as a companion piece to the movie soundtrack: it was to be released soon after. Some have said that it was to be released if Diana won the Oscar for the movie.
Instead the CD was shelved (and some say lost in the Motown vault) and the more modern “Touch Me In the Morning” was released instead.
This 16 track CD of standards is covered by Ross in the definitive Smooth Jazz style. There is nothing remarkable about any of the songs IMHO. In fact I think her young “jazz stylings” on I “I Loves Ya Porgy” sounded a bit immature — but of course she was but a young thing when this was recorded and Miss Ross would probably handle it different now.
All songs were produced and conducted by Gil Askey.
1. What a Diff’rence a Day Makes
2. No More
3. Let’s Do It
4. I Loves Ya Porgy
6. But Beautiful
7. Had You Been Around
8. Little Girl Blue
9. Can’t Get Started With You
10. Love is Here To Stay
11. You’ve Changed
12 My Man (Mon Home)
13. Easy Living
15. He’s Funny That Way
16. T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do
So if you are in need of a nice smooth jazz vocal album in your collection, pick this one up.