Debbie Orta | Child's Play

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Child's Play

by Debbie Orta

Debbie Orta's richly satisfying vocals on unforgettable melodies make this a perfect holiday gift for jazz lovers, with jazz standards and original music in swing, bebop, salsa, bossa nova, and gospel.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Way You Look Tonight
3:52 album only
2. I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
4:29 $0.99
3. You're Mine, You
2:08 $0.99
4. You Are My Child
5:37 $0.99
5. Medley: I'm Through With Love/Down With Love
4:39 $0.99
6. Bossa Nova Song
4:39 $0.99
7. Child's Play
2:54 $0.99
8. A Song for You
5:39 $0.99
9. Taking a Chance On Love
3:11 album only
10. Jericoacoara
6:07 $0.99
11. Make Someone Happy
4:29 $0.99
12. Both Sides Now
5:29 album only
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Album Notes
These twelve album tracks weave a spell, with rhythmic and sonic textures. How often do you get to hear jazz steel drum on a vocal album? Debbie's guest artist on "Taking a Chance on Love" is none other than the legendary Othello Molineaux who is the originator of this technique, playing virtuoso jazz on the island instrument that was previously only known for tropical colors. On "The Way You Look Tonight" she has invited the world renowned session man and concert percussionist, Puerto Rican born Sammy Figueroa. A variety of well-known background vocalists heighten the listener's overall experience on original songs, "Child's Play" and "You Are My Child," each arrangement builds with new touches throughout the song to its inevitable climax. The lyrics are poetry that stands on its own. Debbie's warm, emotional vocals caress the ear, never too much or too little, always in the pocket, from the most syncopated Latin feel to the soulful ballads. Debbie has the right sound on each of these styles; note her down-to-earth vocal characteristics on Leon Russell's "A Song for You," and how she takes her time, phrasing way behind the beat on the sublime ballad, "Make Someone Happy." Her musicians deliver inspired performances on every cut: Mike Orta on piano, Nicky Orta on electric bass, Carlomagno Araya on drums, Eddie Maina on saxes and flute; plus guests Jamie Ousley on upright bass, Claudio Spiewak on guitar - a jewel of an album that is not your usual singer-plus-trio recording, but a masterwork that delivers surprise after surprise. Just as much care and creativity were given to the imaginative packaging designed by The entire artistic product is worth having in hard copy for your favorite CD collection. "Outstanding" "You Are My Child is the most beautiful thing I've ever heard" "great voice" "amazing flute solo" "wow, incredible arrangements" "awesome band" are just some of the sentiments from listeners of this brand new indie release by Debbie Orta. This versatile jazz vocalist and songwriter performs her favorite songs from The Great American Songbook accompanied by a stellar band of musicians. Her original compositions have the type of flair and unforgettable melodic interest that you find among the greatest jazz and Brazilian compositions. A former backup singer on tour with Jose Luis Rodriguez, "El Puma" throughout the United States, Central and South America, and parts of Europe, Debbie brings her worldly influence to her music. This is jazz in a variety of rhythms: swing, bebop, salsa, and bossa nova, plus Debbie's original gospel tune that will be especially poignant for parents, grandparents, and everyone who cares about the next generation.



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Connie Stieger

You will love this one! Promise!
I love this CD. I have been listening to it over and over trying to decide which song is my favorite. But, I think that is an impossible task because they are all so unique and well done that I can not choose. Each one has something very special about it. I will have to say that "You Are My Child" did bring tears to my eyes. That is an especially beautiful tune. And, I will have to agree with another one of the reviewers who chose 9 through 12 as her favorites. I think those show the rich qualities of Debbie's voice the best. I loved Mike's solos. What an artist! I loved Nicky choosing to make a sweet musical comment on "Make Someone Happy". I loved the guitar on "Bossa Nova Song". The addition of steel drum on "Taking a Chance on Love" was delightful. That added a great touch to a lovely old favorite. I was singing that song all day today after listening to it this morning on my way to work. And, I also really liked "I've Grown Accustomed to his Face". I could go on. But, enough said. I cannot choose a favorite. I am enjoying the entire CD. Oh, and I forgot to mention how much I loved the art work on the cover and inside. Absolutely beautiful!!!

Giuseppe Pucci

One of the best albums out there !
I am here to compliment Debbie , Nicky and Mike Orta , Carlomagno Araya and Ed MAina for this superb recording ! I have been listening to Debbie' s CD ever since I have got it from Nicky and I must say that it is one of the best and most MUSICAL albums i have listened to in a long time .Perfectly arranged and played, with a great balance and outstanding clarity of each instrument ; being myself a pro drummer, I have been surprised by noticing how great care it was put to record the individual drums and cymbals in order to achieve a crystal-clear , crisp and natural sound . Every one played wonderfully and with that magic that comes only when the band is super tight, as is the case of this one. A++ , and highly recommended !

Philip Meade

OK, this the CD of the year!! No kidding! Sung by the beautiful and talented vocalist Debbie Orta!! Her band, featuring her husband and bassist Nicky Orta, and his brother and pianist Mike Orta, have created a beautiful work for you to enjoy!!