This is a sponsored post from Disney Music and One2One Network. All opinions are my own.
The music and movies of Disney have been a part of my life for pretty much as long as I remember. My mom likes to tell the story of how I listened to the record of The Rescuers so many times that I knew the entire thing by heart. As a teenager, I loved The Little Mermaid so much that it was a part of the soundtrack to my high school days. My son has literally grown up wth Disney, well, pretty much everything. I have been introducing him to my favourites, old and new, pretty much since the day he was born. Just the other night my mom and I were in the car and spontaneously burst out singing “We are Siamese” from Lady and the Tramp, something we do quite often, based on something one of us said. Like I said, it goes way back.
I really do love the music of Disney, and am always really fascinated when artists put their own spin on classic songs. I didn’t grow up listening to jazz, but fell in love with it when I was in high school. I joined both the jazz band as a pianist and vocal jazz as a singer and was hooked. The rhythms, the cool vocals, all of it. So when you combine that with some awesome Disney songs on the new Jazz Loves Disney album I was hoping it we’d have a winner. I wasn’t wrong.
The very first track on the album is Jamie Callum’s version of “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” from The Aristocats. Bluesy, jazzy and perfectly fit to the song, this cover is both true to the original and different enough. Listening to it, I could absolutely picture O’Malley and his buddies playing in the club.
Raphaël Gualazzi’s version of “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book is a more modern version of the classic song sung by King Louie in the movie. Listening to it makes me imagine I’m in a smoky jazz club, watching the band on the stage, cocktail in my hand.
All of the tracks on the album are fun, modern versions of the song, each with a unique twist. There are even a couple of songs done in French, and I quite liked the Hot Sardines version of “I Wanna Be Like You” as well. It is interesting to me to hear how different bands can interpret the same song differently but still keep it true to the original at the same time.
1. Jamie Cullum – “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” – from The Aristocats
2. Melody Gardot – “He’s A Tramp” – from Lady And The Tramp
3. Stacey Kent – “Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo” (French version) – from Cinderella
4. Gregory Porter – “When You Wish Upon A Star” – from Pinocchio
5. China Moses – “Why Don’t You Do Right” – from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
6. Raphaël Gualazzi – “I Wanna Be Like You” – from The Jungle Book
7. The Rob Mounsey Orchestra – “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” – from Cinderella
8. Hugh Coltman – “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – from Toy Story
9. Anne Sila – “Let It Go” – from Frozen
10. Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi – “The Bare Necessities” – from The Jungle Book
11. Laika – “Once Upon A Dream” – from Sleeping Beauty
12. Nikki Yanofsky -“Someday My Prince Will Come” – from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
13. The Hot Sardines – I Wanna Be Like You (French & English version) – from The Jungle Book (US release only)
The album will be released on November 18th, but for more specific purchasing information or to buy the album, check out iTunes or Amazon.
Although this was a sponsored post, I am sharing this with you because I genuinely think you’ll like it. All opinions and thoughts are mine.