- Audio CD (9 Mar. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Putumayo
- ASIN: B003360JWC
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,384 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Putumayo Kids presents Jazz Playground, a collection of international jazz songs for children. From bebop and swing to Latin and African jazz, this multicultural CD celebrates the vibrant diversity and global influence of jazz and will get the whole family grooving! Over the last century, jazz has traveled around the world and influenced musicians in even the most remote corners of the earth. Jazz Playground demonstrates how artists in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania have adopted jazz and made it their own. Featuring a new, colorful storybook-style booklet and glossary of musical terms, Jazz Playground pairs sophisticated sounds with kid-friendly lyrics. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" gets a jazzy new twist in the hands of New York City-based Israeli saxophonist and jazz educator Oran Etkin and Brooklynite Charanee Wade, while American artist Barbara Morrison delivers a smooth and cool version of the British classic "Sing a Song of Sixpence." On "Oyatsu No Jikan," Japan's Modern Conya celebrates sharing at snack time and Cuban American artist Jose Conde offers the irresistible sing-along "Cumbamba." Gui Tavares brings his Brazilian bossa nova/jazz crossover sound to "Dois Meninos" and Australian bands Kinderjazz and The Mighty Buzzniks infuse their songs with loads of fun and humor from the land down under. Bringing the album back to the original home of jazz, New Orleans-born artists Ingrid Lucia closes with the classic song "This Little Light of Mine." Jazz Playground also features songs by South African-born artist Selloane (featured on Broadway in The Lion King), French band Triocéphale, acoustic jazz combo Lewis Franco & The Missing Cats, Canadian musician Chris McKhool and Dutch band Trapperdetrap.
Top customer reviews
My brother and I are fans of jazz music so it's nice to be able to educate his son with the music that we love in a form that he can enjoy. The international mixture of the music is a nice extra touch too. I particularly like 'Stomp Stomp', 'Spider-man', 'Sur Le Pont d'Avignon 'Little Lamb Jam' and 'Shortnin' Bread', but they're all great. You will get them in your head and start singing them to yourself, but you won't mind because they are genuinely good songs.
I am now in love with the whole range of Putumayo CDs, though I think they can be a bit hit and miss and do depend on your music tastes to a certain degree (I recommend going on their website and listening to the samples before you buy). Last year I bought one of the Christmas ones, New Orleans Christmas, and it is the best Christmas CD I have ever bought. I'm really happy that I discovered the children's ones as well and am currently trying to decide which one to get for my nephew's 2nd birthday; I think I want them all!
We have the Putamayo Playground Folk, Jazz and Animal CDs - they are all fabulous. Our boys sing along with great enthusiasm as the music is lively, the singers are wonderful and funky. They sing traditional songs but in a completely unexpected way. Even songs which I used to think of as boring (for example, 5 little monkeys jumping on a bed) are sung in such a way that I find myself singing along too.