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Renee Olstead

  • 1. Summertime
    2. Taking a Chance on Love
    3. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
    4. Someone to Watch over Me - (featuring Chris Botti)
    5. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do - (featuring Peter Cincotti)
    6. Love That Will Last, A
    7. Meet Me, Midnight
    8. Sunday Kind of Love - (featuring Chris Botti)
    9. On a Slow Boat to China - (featuring Carol Welsman)
    10. What a Diff'rence a Day Makes
    11. Midnight at the Oasis
    12. Sentimental Journey
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48704

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Foster; Humberto Gatica; David Foster; Humberto Gatica
    EngineerHumberto Gatica; Neil Devor; Alejandro Rodriguez; Humberto Gatica

    Personnel: Rene Olstead (vocals); Carol Weisman (vocals); Dean Parks (guitar, acoustic guitar); Don Shelton (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Don Shelton (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Warren Luening (trumpet); Alan Broadbent, Billy Childs, Billy Childs Trio, Gerald Clayton (piano); Brian Bromberg (bass instrument); Jeff Hamilton , David Tull (drums); Neil Devor (programming); Peter Cincotti (vocals, piano); Dennis Budimir (guitar); Chris Botti, Rick Baptist (trumpet); Chris Dawson (piano); Joe La Barbera, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Humberto Gatica.
    Recording information: Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Signet Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.
    Arrangers: Carol Weisman; Fred Norman; John Clayton; Oscar Castro-Neves; Billy Childs Trio.
    In a bold move that even more experienced singers might think twice about, Renee Olstead opens her self-titled major-label debut with a stark, a cappella verse of Gershwin's melancholy classic "Summertime." Olstead sings with confidence and swings with authority on this set of standards, an astonishing accomplishment for a young lady, who, at the time of this recording, was only 14 years old. Very little indicates that this album is the work of a teenager, and certain vocal touches even bring to mind the bold vocal style of K.D. Lang. The record features big-band arrangements with lush strings, punchy horns, and even a quasi-Swingle Singers backdrop on "On a Slow Boat to China." Chris Botti provides sexy trumpet obbligato on two numbers, and Peter Cincotti joins Olstead on a stellar duet of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," rounding out a remarkable first outing by a notable talent.

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