Natalie Cole – Ask A Woman Who Knows (2002) [SACD Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1} {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Natalie Cole – Ask A Woman Who Knows (2002) [SACD Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:31 mins | Scans included | 3,4 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,16 GB

This CD reunites Cole with producer by Tommy LiPuma, who produced “Unforgettable” and was the hit maker behind George Benson and Diana Krall. This collection is a classic blend of jazz-inflected pop, with the best and the brightest in the business. Backed by a plethora of stars, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Lewis Nash, Cole’s lithe, Ella Fitzgerald-tinged vocals are showcased in a number pleasing settings. Whether it’s the Brazilian sound of Sergio Mendes’s “So Many Stars,” the scat-happy “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” or the big band swing of “It’s Crazy” and “Soon,” courtesy of the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra, Cole projects her aura on these songs once sung by Sarah Vaughan, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington. Natalie Cole is a jazzy soul survivor in the literal sense of the term, and this recording represents her finest hour.

Natalie Cole is a fascinating vocalist who represents more than 30 years of worldwide critical acclaim, tremendous commercial success, the continuation of a family legacy, and consummate artistry. Her new dreams, ideas, and efforts unfold on Ask a Woman Who Knows, her debut for the Verve recording label and first recording in three years. Ms. Cole’s musical choices include songs that depict the various aspects of love — its joy, its sorrow, its loneliness, and its consolation. Included are two of Dinah Washington’s gems — “I Haven’t Got Anything Better to Do” and the title track, “Ask a Woman Who Knows” — both songs about love gone wrong. Cole changes the tone of the set with great scatting on the up-tempo swinger “My Baby Just Cares for Me”; “It’s Crazy,” the hit written by her father, Nat King Cole; and the soulful “I’m Glad There Is You,” which features Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn. Natalie Cole sings her engaging musical stories with priceless, nuanced phrasing accompanied by a distinguished core quintet of Joe Sample, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, and Rob Mounsey. The added dimension of Natalie Cole performing all background vocals and the backing of the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra on two songs makes the recording extra special. Overall, this is an exceptional recording that re-teams her with Tommy LiPuma, the producer of her biggest hit, Unforgettable: With Love. The listener who has followed her career will hear and understand that the consistency of all her exploring has been to arrive at a higher level of musical accomplishment through support from great musicians and a positive musical family.

01. I Haven’t Got Anything Better To Do
02. Tell Me All About It
03. Ask A Woman Who Knows
04. It’s Crazy
05. You’re Mine You
06. So Many Stars
07. I Told You So
08. Soon
09. I’m Glad There Is You
10. Better Than Anything
11. The Music That Makes Me Dance
12. Calling You
13. My Baby Just Cares For Me



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