Nothing is worse as a mom than buying music for my kids that I can’t stand to listen to myself. Kids don’t seem to mind endless mind-numbing repetition, though, so I know that if I am going to pick out music for my kids it had better be something I am ready to listen to innumerable times as well.
Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Vol. 1 definitely falls into this category. In fact, we can all appreciate the great music that has accompanied our kids’ favorite Disney movies. Many of these fabulous songs have been chosen by various jazz greats like Joshua Redman, Esperanza Spalding and Regina Carter. Each artist has chosen a song, or group of songs, from the Disney collection and produced something that sounds new and utterly delightful. The result is something that kids and adults alike can enjoy together over and over again.
I also appreciate the opportunity to provide a great entry point for my kids to music styles other than the pop and easy-listening music they usually hear. I myself did not listen to much jazz growing up so it took me longer to learn how to enjoy it. I want my kids to have a positive experience with jazz, even at a very young age. Hopefully then they can build on and develop that experience as they grow up.
A highlight of the CD is Esperanza Spalding’s “Chim-Chim-Cheree.” The original song is enjoyable in and of itself, but this jazz version adds even more emotion and joie de vivre to make it an instant hit. Even more surprising to me are the songs that I normally do not prefer in their original versions yet have been transformed into some of my favorite moments on the CD. The Bad Plus does a rendition called “Gaston” that captures ridiculous nature of the character and the humor of his self-importance. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” also, takes on a completely different feel when performed by Joshua Redman.
This CD is soothing and relaxing, making it a great option for bedtime or as background music for kid and adult parties alike.
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