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Play It Cool [CD]

Lea DeLaria Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B00005J9X2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Ballad Of Sweeny Todd
2. Cool
3. I've Got Your Number
4. With Every Breath I Take
5. All That Jazz
6. Life Has Been Good To Me
7. Welcome To My Party
8. Lowdown-Down
9. Once in a Lifetime
10. Losing My Mind
11. Straight to the Top

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Stand-up comedian, actress and singer Lea DeLaria is an all-round performer. On Play It Cool she presents a less confrontational image than on 1994's Bulldyke in A China Shop, adopting the role of seductive, witty, confident and heterosexual jazz chanteuse to perfection. Her voice ranges from little girl lost innocence to harder edged tones, both suited to the opening "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd". With stylings from Billie Holiday to Judy Garland, "I've Got You're Number" heads straight for the heart of 1950s big-band balladry, improvised scat vocals proving DeLaria can swing with the best. "Cool" is anything but, the accompaniment understated, that voice dripping with the promise of sex. In "With Every Breath I Take" we get to imagine every late night smoky bar in every old Hollywood film we've ever seen and while pastiche, the characterisation is startlingly evocative. DeLaria sums it up with "All That Jazz", confidently suggesting, following her recent twin roles in the lavishly acclaimed 2000 Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, that this girl just wants to have fun playing bad. When she sings "Life Has Been Good To Me" she has such an upbeat twinkle you suspect she means every word. --Gary S Dalkin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smouldering performance 3 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
Having seen Lea DeLaria as a comedian (I was lucky enough not to arrive late, or sit in proximity to the front!) I gave this CD a listen more out of curiosity, having caught site of her singing on late night TV and finding myself oddly impressed. I can see why 'Play It Cool' has had such strong reviews. Here is a voice of extraordinary dexterity and versatility - yet so measured and centred. The arrangements of these standards are undoubtedly rich and nightclub evocative; but they are not at all obtrusive. Indeed often they complement the intensity of DeLaria's voice perfectly. Of course not everything is as it seems, and nor is it intended to be: there is more than a little tongue-in-cheek alongside the smoke and the swing. But that's how jazz song is meant to be. 'Cool' is the standout (or should I say stand-up?) number for me. But it is thankfully difficult to choose. In summary: Lea DeLaria is an extraordinary talent. She even refreshed these classics for someone more drenched in the avant and instrumental ends of jazz. But then I should have remembered: the songbook always speaks anew, and here it has found another compelling voice.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, shame about the sound engineer 13 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This recording is horribly overproduced. Delaria's undoubtedly lovely voice is clearly put through god knows what kind of processer to turn these numbers into unexciting wallpaper music. The stand-up comic's timing is evident in the delivery. Sometimes it works, but mainly it just sounds arch and mannered. I looked forward to hearing this disc, but I found nothing here for me. Not one to share with Sue Lawley.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lea Kicks It! 17 Jun 2001
By Chuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
About a year ago my partner and I attended a Lea Delaria concert in Seattle. We expected it to be a concert in the comedy sense, for we only knew Lea for her outrageous comedy routines. While we received a healthy dose of that, we were just stunned when she introduced her jazz band and began belting out the tunes. She has an amazing voice. Classic Jazz, showtunes, this lady can sing and swing. And she can scat with the best of them.
At the end of the concert, she mentioned that she had a record coming out in 2001. I was on the waiting list as soon as it appeared for preorder on Amazon. I was not disappointed.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great 4 July 2001
By B Barrios - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first found out Lea could sing when I saw here in _On The Town_ in Central Park. Her rendition of "I Can Cook, Too" made me an instant fan, as did her version of "Blue Skies" in the movie _Edge of Seventeen_. After having the pleasure of seeing her act at Joe's Pub in NYC, I was waiting and hoping for her to cut a cd.
And here it is. I love her version of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd"--she does a great job of jazzing it up. And her version of "Losing My Mind" is soulful and rich.
Lea has a great voice and I am really enjoying this cd. It's great music to have on for company or dinner parties or while simply hanging out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth! 7 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
She may be a bull ... in a china shop, but Lea's voice is as smooth as the peach fuzz on her chin. She masters the vocal subtleties of jazz, and yet she can belt it out when she needs to. On this CD, Lea gives us some wonderful and unique interpretations of a varied collection of Broadway tunes. Her take on "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is unlike any you've ever heard before.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIG THIS DISC !! 4 Oct 2001
By LuelCanyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a smashing CD! SO fine! Sandra Bernhardt says DeLaria is "the best singer in the world", and by the end of this disc, one is rendered incapable of resisting such a laden declaration! Opening with a straight ahead version of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", DeLaria immediately opens up her box of MUSICAL gifts. Everything is within her high View, Everything's been seen to, Everything is New and Right, and on top of that, she turns Larry Goldings loose on piano! Potent stuff! DeLaria follows with a post-hip "Cool," and a galvanizingly other-worldly "With Every Breath I Take". Listen: Lea Delaria's got Intelligence -the Bright and Mystic kind!- and MUSICIANSHIP as deep and riveting as it comes. The Voice? Glory in spades, people! It's the real thing! In the end, though, it's the purest musicianship of this woman, and of the artists she has with her here, that makes this disc so Inevitable, and unforgettable. That, and the incredible entry she makes after the instrumental break on "Welcome To My Party" - !!! Who knows what makes a singer great, or why and how such extraordinary gifts come along, redeeming us? This disc goes a long classic cool way in offering evidence as to why Lea DeLaria is 'happening' right now! Fly, Lea, fly baby!! This is just the best music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Dig L. DeLaria and so will you!! 31 July 2001
By Bonnie Case-Auriemma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listening to a local PBS jazz station here in NJ, I was entranced upon hearing Ms. DeLaria's rendition of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd". I did not get out of my car until the deejay came back on the air to announce the artist. When I got to my office, I then surfed on over to Amazon.com to hear more of her music. I have always loved jazz, but lately put it on the back burner, as blues have become my passion of the moment. I was just as pleased with the other offerings on Lea's "Play it Cool" CD and if you have any kind of a listening for smoky, sultry, jazz - this is your ticket to music heaven!
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