Janet Planet | Just Like a Woman: The Music of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2

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Just Like a Woman: The Music of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2

by Janet Planet

Hear Bob Dylan's stories like never before colored by jazz rhythms and harmonies in a big band setting. Powerful, delicate, and soulful.
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
4:10 $0.99
2. I'll Keep It with Mine
5:17 $0.99
3. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
6:28 $0.99
4. All I Really Want to Do
4:36 $0.99
5. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
5:22 $0.99
6. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
3:54 $0.99
7. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You
4:52 $0.99
8. Just Like a Woman
4:14 $0.99
9. I Shall Be Released
4:53 $0.99
10. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
5:15 $0.99
11. Boots of Spanish Leather
4:13 $0.99
12. Song to Woody
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The poetry of Bob Dylan in a big band setting colored by jazz rhythms and harmonies. Hear Dylan's stories like never before. Powerful, delicate, and soulful.

With this recording another chapter has been added to the Great American Songbook.
Janet Planet has opened the door for others to include who Rolling Stone magazine calls “the most influential American musician rock and roll has ever produced. His lyrics are the first to be seriously regarded as literature.”

Some will listen to this without being familiar with the music of Bob Dylan. They will be pleasantly surprised. Jazz fans will certainly be knocked out by the performances and enjoy the break from the well-worn(out) standards . Dylan fans who have come to accept and even love his own personal delivery style should listen with open ears and garner even more respect for him when you realize how well the material stands up to alternative approaches.

Vocalist Janet Planet and saxophonist/arranger Tom Washatka blend Bob Dylan's lyrics, with artful arrangements for big band ensemble, and virtuoso vocal delivery.

Two arrangements are credited to the late Fred Sturm, renowned jazz educator at Lawrence University and previously the Eastman School of Music. And two other arrangements are contributed by world renown improvisational cellist/pianist, Matt Turner.

Dylan's message is presented with pure and tasteful singing without melodramatic melismas or superfluous scatting. The simple chord structures remain but are enhanced with colorful moving horn lines in the background that support the lyric without distraction.

Angular rhythms appear occasionally as a departure from the original two beat country strumming. There is space for the lyric to float a bit longer in certain places where Dylan forged ahead with the pulse and times when the lines are delivered in a quicker succession than originally conceived.
Where you are used to hearing a harmonica or guitar solo on Dylan’s arrangements you get a Wayne Shorter-esque sax solo or a Bubber Miley laughing trumpet foray. The music isn’t so much redefined as it is skillfully reinterpreted with reverence to the composer.

At first blush you might think the concept is contrived and there is too great a distance between these two worlds to legitimately consider such a musical marriage. On the contrary, if you trace the branches of this vine they are deeply intertwined or more precisely “tangled up in blue(s).”

Janet Planet has made a significant contribution to the jazz lexicon and she does so with exceptional artistic vision, confident leadership, exquisite taste, and powerful vocal skills. Just like a woman.



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