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Jazz Playground

Jazz Playground

Spring 2010 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $14.98
Review:
Jazz Playground begins with the gypsy jazz-influenced Lewis Franco & the Missing Cats' "Stomp, Stomp," a sort of Hot Club de Paris version of the "Do the Boogie Woogie," follow-along-song. Both parents and children will delight in the Django Reinhardt-influenced take on the theme from the 70s cartoon of "Spiderman," played by Canada's Chris McKhool. There is some catchy Samba playing on Jose Conde's version of "Cumbamba," while France's Trioc├ęphale demonstrate some scat singing on the big band jazz of "Sur Le Pont d'Avignon." "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is given full New Orleans/Mardi Gras treatment on "Little Lamb Jam" by Oran Etkin with Charenee Wade. The appropriately named Kinderjazz from Australia provides the horn infused nonsense song "Gazooba," while Barbara Morrison takes the classic nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence," and makes it sound like a Billie Holiday standard, with just a touch of rap. Other highlights include a distinctly Southern African rendition of "Shortin' Bread," complete with balophone, tongue clicking percussion, and Guinean and English sung lyrics. For something completely different, there's a Japanese song about the fun of sharing in "Oyatsu no Jijan" from Modern Conya, and the closing Dixieland rendition of "This Little Light of Mine," from Ingrid Lucia. Continuing to set the standard for showcasing first-rate world music for children, the CD comes with trademark Putumayo liner notes covering the artists, songs and cultures the music represents.
Lahri Bond   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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