Women of Jazz is one of the latest in the Putumayo Presents series and it features the tracks by today’s women vocalists.
The lead track for Women in Jazz is "Goodnite" by American Melody Gardot. "Goodnite," which is also from her 2006 album Worrisome Heart, is as smooth as silk.
Ever since her debut album, Canadian Madeleine Peyroux has been turning heads with her voice and her version of Leonard Cohen’s "Dance Me to the End of Love" is another reason why people are talking about her. It is interesting to contrast and compare her version to Cohen’s original.
Even though Billie Holiday is not on this album, she makes an appearance by way of Jennifer Hartswick and her version of ‘Lover Man". Stepping outside of her work as a contributing vocalist to band Phish, Hartswick version of "Lover Man" is not far off from Holiday’s versions.
Cassandra Wilson continues to impress. Wilson has been adding many accolades to her resume since her debut album over 20 years ago. Here, her version of "Lover Come Back to Me", from here 2008 album Loverly, is in fine form, her rich voice still resonates after repeated listenings.
Spending the 1950s in New York singing in doo-wop groups, Della Griffin offers her interpretation of the Johnny Burke/James Van Heusen jazz standard "It Could Happen to You". This standard, covered by such artists as Chet Baker to Shirley Bassey, stands alone as one of the top interpretations.
Jazz and Blues legend Etta Jones finishes the album with "Since I Fell for You". What is not lost after all these years is Jones’ sweet sounding voice. Starting at the age of 16 and moving forward into today, Jones’ version of this standard is an excellent ending to this beautiful compilation.
From the 2007 Juno Award winning Sophie Millman to Stacey Kent and her version of "Shall We Dance" from The King and I, Putumayo Presents Women of Jazz is a fine compilation of yesterday’s standards and songs not normally covered by jazz artists sung by today’s chanteuses worldwide.