I have been enjoying Natalie Cole’s first release on Verve Records, “Ask A Woman Who Knows.” Re-united with producer Tommy LiPuma, Natalie truly shines on these 12 songs. My favorite song is her remake of Michael Franks’, “Tell Me About It”. This is the first song released from the album and she makes it her own and even features “The Colettes”, her own background vocals.
Other songs included are “The Music That Makes Me Dance”, Esther Phillips’ “I Haven’t Got Anything Better to Do”, “It’s Crazy”, the title-track, “Ask a Woman Who Knows”, and a swinging remake of Nina Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me” with the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra. There is also a duet on “Better Than Anything” with label mate, Diana Krall. You can tell through her choice of songs that she really enjoyed making this recording and that she really put her heart and soul into each song. Each song is very personal. She is backed by a stellar cast of musicians including Joe Sample, Alan Broadbent, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, and The Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra.
I recently saw her performing on “Larry King Live” and “Oprah.” Natalie looks great and sounds wonderful. This is definitely an album for a romantic evening or just a quiet evening of reflection. Read more about Natalie and listen to clips from her new album on the Verve Music website or go her personal site, www.nataliecole.com.
Go Natalie!!! She sang the “Star Spangled Banner” for the opening of the 4th game of the World Series. She sounded great and was backed by a heavenly choir.