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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • ASIN: B001FBIGBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Georgia-born R&B/jazz singer Randy Crawford and keyboardist Joe Sample go back a long way. Sample played on The Crusaders' huge 1979 hit, Street Life, which featured an extraordinary vocal by Crawford - check out the excellent YouTube footage, complete with Sample's frilly shirt! Although Crawford's early run of subsequent solo hits (Rainy Night In Georgia, You Might Need Somebody, etc) wasn't sustained, and she's had a fairly low profile in recent years, the UK's Shola Ama enjoyed success with a more or less copycat version of You Might Need Somebody in 1997. In 2006, Crawford and Sample made their first joint album, Feeling Good, which he claims was the first time her voice had ever got the stripped-down setting it really deserved.

No Regrets continues that approach with the same small ensemble on a selection of carefully chosen, lovingly crafted standards, plus a few less familiar numbers. There's great, unobtrusive backing by Steve Gadd (drums) and Christian McBride (bass), the occasional tasty touch of guitar and brass, and intuitive piano accompaniment by Sample. Crawford's voice has deepened and mellowed over the years and she doesn't go in for the vocal gymnastics she once did, but her tremulous phrasing is as distinctive and appealing as ever.

Sample's intro to Everyday I Have The Blues seems to teasingly half quote My Baby Just Cares For Me, by Nina Simone - one of Crawford's idols - and there's more blues on Today I Sing The Blues and Don't Put All Your Dreams In One Basket. The old Billie Holiday hit Me, Myself and I wanders into jazz, and there's a soulful, Staxy vibe on Leroy Mitchell's Starting All Over Again. With knife crime and anti-social behaviour grabbing headlines, the tough R&B take on Respect Yourself has an uncanny resonance. Crawford takes convincing ownership of Sarah McLachlan's 1997 hit Angel, although the same might not be said of the title track, which probably should have been left to Edith Piaf. Apart from that, and the fact that the world probably doesn't need another version of Chip Taylor's Angel Of The Morning, this won't disappoint old fans. --Jon Lusk

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Extraordinary how little Randy Crawford's voice has changed in the three decades since the glossy rhythms of Street Life dominated the charts. Back again, on tour with the Crusaders pianist Joe Sample, she has been digging deeper into the jazz tradition. The urbane, uptown blues ballads of the late, great Charles Brown provide a role model this time, as her old friend Tommy LiPuma directs proceedings from the studio console. Given Crawford's sunny persona, she gets a surprising amount of mileage out of Every Day I Have the Blues and Respect Yourself, while the accompaniment is always direct and unfussy.

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I ordered this item thinking I had bought it with the bonus track 'Choices' on, as track 13, from CD Imports, one of the sellers linked to the bonus edition. Please note the bonus track is only available on the Japanese issue version of this CD and NOT on any other issue linked to the special release on Amazon. CD Imports have offered a refund but only if the item was unopened. They choose not respond about the bonus track. The 12-track version is brilliant nonetheless - pure listening heaven, perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Just be mindful about the bonus track edition and where you buy it from!
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Not much to add to the title of this review. I felt that the music was very contained and lacked a little passion and feeling that she is so good at.Seemed like Randy and the musicians were just going through another day at the office.Sorry but maybe I expect too much from such a great songstress.
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This is a fantastic album... Jazzy, smooth and soulful, perfect for any occasion... Crawford & Sample have found a winning formula here. As an added bonus upon receiving my CD I found out that it's Steve Gadd on drums... Amazing stuff. Brilliant.
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