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The Dana Owens Album
1. Baby Get Lost
2. I Put a Spell on You
3. Simply Beautiful
4. Same Love That Made Me Laugh, The
5. Moody's Mood for Love
6. Close Your Eyes
7. California Dreamin'
8. Hard Times
9. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
10. Hello Stranger
11. If I Had You
12. Lush Life
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000343502
Arif Mardin; Ron Fair; Mervyn Warren; Joe Mardin; Tal Herzberg; Arif Mardin; Ron Fair; Mervyn Warren
Frank Wolf; Jess Sutcliffe; Joe Mardin; Michael O'Reilly; Steve Skinner; Tal Herzberg
THE DANA OWENS ALBUM is Queen Latifah's first non-rap vocal album.
Personnel: Queen Latifah (vocals); David "Fathead" Newman , Al Green (vocals); Frank Vignola, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Sherrod Barnes (guitar); Raul Midn (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Eun Mee Ahn, Songa Lee, Gil Romero, Katia Popov, Tamara L. Hatwan, Robin Olson, Alan Grunfeld, Lily Chen, Rene Mandel, Mari Tsumura, Horia Moroaica, Charles Everett, Joel Derouin, Patricia Johnson , Sid Page, Richard Altenbach, Jacqueline Brand, Roberto Cani, Yvette Devereaux, Bruce Dukov, Peter Kent, Natalie Leggett, Phillipe Levy, Ralph Morrison, Sara Parkins, Sheldon Sanov, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Josephina Vergara, Berj Garabedian, Ronald Clark, Charlie Bisharat, Mario Diaz de Leon, Endre Granat (violin); Matt Funes, Dan Neufeld, Marlow Fisher, Vicki Miskolczy, James Ross , Robert Becker, Brian Dembow, Harry Shirinian, Samuel Formicola, Denyse Buffum (viola); Dan Little, Robert Adcock, David Shamban, Larry Corbett, Stephen Erdody, Armen Ksadjikian, David Low , Cecilia Tsan (cello); Louise di Tullio (flute); Pamela Sklar (bass flute); Emily Bernstein (clarinet); Tom Boyd (oboe); Jon Clarke (English horn); Gary Bias, Larry E. Williams (saxophone); James Moody (alto saxophone); Bob Burns, Jr., Charles Davis (trumpet); Andy Martin, Bryant Breyers (trombone); Jerry Hey, Bill Reichenbach Jr. (horns); Herbie Hancock, Tom Garvin, Robbie Kondor (piano); Shedrick Mitchell, Tim Carmon (organ); Steve Skinner, Emil Richards (vibraphone); John "J.R." Robinson , Lewis Nash , Omar Hakim, Will Kennedy , Ralph Rolle (drums); Joe Porcaro, Gordon Gottlieb, Kevin Ricard (percussion); Joe Mardin (programming); Durell Coleman, Jackie Simley, Lloyd Williams, Arnold McCuller, Valerie Pinkston (background vocals); John Goux (guitar); Dan Higgins (saxophone, horns); Joel Peskin, Pete Christlieb, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Gary Grant (trumpet, horns); Larry Lunetta (trumpet); Dick Nash , Bruce Otto (trombone); Jim Cox (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer organ); Mervyn Warren (piano); Peter Erskine, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Dave Reitzas; Michael C. Ross ; Michael O'Reilly; Bob Brockman.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Capital Studios, L.A., CA; Conway Studios, L.A., CA; Henson Recording Studios, L.A., CA; Nervous Music, New York, NY; Nunoise Studio, New York, NY; O'Henry, L.A., CA; Record Plant Studios, L.A., CA; Right Track Recording, New York, NY.
Photographer: Tony Duran.
Arrangers: Arif Mardin; Mervyn Warren; Harold Wheeler; Jerry Hey; Joe Mardin.
Throughout a career that started in the early days of hip-hop, Queen Latifah has consistently proven herself a woman of kaleidoscopic talents. The ultimate evidence of her versatility came in 2002, when she took on the role of "Mama" Morton in the film version of the musical CHICAGO, displaying acting chops polished enough to earn her an Academy Award nomination. In that movie, Queen Latifah also revealed an exquisite and powerful singing voice. The latter is put to good use on her 2004 record THE DANA OWENS ALBUM, a collection of (mostly) standards given full orchestral treatment.
To Latifah's credit, THE DANA OWENS ALBUM is an immense success, boasting her tremendous voice and an intelligent, provocative song selection. To put things in perspective, on "Simply Beautiful," she duets with the song's writer, the incomparable Al Green, and not only holds her own, but plays off him in the most natural of styles. On the most precarious cover on the record, she re-arranges the Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'" into a breathy torch song, while retaining just a touch of the folk-imbued original. Queen Latifah closes the set with a masterful performance of the classic "Lush Life," a fitting ending to an entirely anachronistic record.
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