Judith Owen – Lost and Found (2005)

Judith Owen - Lost and Found (2005)
Artist: Judith Owen
Album: Lost and Found
Label: Courgette Records
Year Of Release: 2005
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Tracklist:
01. Smoke On The Water
02. Emily
03. Sky High (featuring Tom Scott)
04. Moonlight
05. Train Out of Hollywood (featuring Keb’ Mo’)
06. These Foolish Things
07. Enough (featuring Cassandra Wilson)
08. Famous Friends
09. Down
10. Night and Day (featuring Richard Thompson)
11. Walking on the Moon
12. Bridges
13. Dreaming

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You’ll probably find this album in the jazz section, but don’t be fooled. Singer/songwriter/pianist Judith Owen is to jazz what Richard Thompson is to rock & roll — a member of the loyal opposition, someone whose roots are both centuries deeper and more broadly contemporary than any easy genre designation can account for. On her fifth album, she opens with a brooding voice-and-piano arrangement of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” and although her generally jazzy originals fill up most of the remainder of the program, she also takes excursions into both the jazz standard repertoire (a great version of “Night and Day,” featuring Richard Thompson on guitar) and more pop-oriented fare (a slightly less revelatory take on the Police’s “Walking on the Moon”). Her singing style is a sort of sultry cabaret croon, and almost always adds a slightly mysterious and subtly unexpected element to her interpretations — whether it’s the strangely separated scat vowels on “Train Out of Hollywood” or (less felicitously) her unnecessarily intense delivery on “These Foolish Things.” Her own songs are some of the best things on this album, though her version of “Night and Day” is another clear highlight. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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