Embrace Your Inner Child with Jazz Loves Disney was facilitated with a digital review copy as part of a campaign for Disney Music through One2One Network. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links to iTunes and Amazon are included for your shopping convenience.
I grew up with Disney in so many areas of my life. There was the Mickey Mouse Club on TV. We were treated occasionally to a showing of one of the feature films at the movie theater. (Yes, I am old enough to remember life before VHS and DVDs!) And, I had a few cassette tapes and record albums with favorites.
To this day, I still watch every major movie release from their studios. And, I enjoy listening to much of the music, too.
My boys have joined me on those movie viewings. Some shows might not be favorites in the house. But, classics like The Jungle Book and Toy Story get some serious air time in our house. They have staying power and do not seem to get ‘old’ or ‘stale’ with time.
Embrace Your Inner Child with Jazz Loves Disney
Anyone who has really looked behind the scenes at Disney knows they take the music seriously. Walt Disney loved jazz and paid great attention to the writing of the music accompanying his heroes adventures. (Watch Saving Mr. Banks for a glimpse at how involved his was in the process. That movie was both enlightening and entertaining.)
Jazz Loves Disney was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles. It is a tribute to the most beautiful and symbolic tunes of Walt Disney’s magic world. Each of the artists involved in the production has a connection to the classic Disney movies and their music.
Here are just a two of the artists and what they feel about their work on this project.
“Disney is the first place many of us hear and really start to appreciate music as children. I’m really seeing that now with my own kids.
What is wonderful about all the music is that it is challenging, melodically and lyrically exciting and playful.
Having the chance to reinvent one of my favourites from the Aristocats – a proper jazz musical – was great fun. It’s such a brilliantly subversive film with killer music in it.
I hope we’ve done it justice!”
“Disney represents the imaginative representation of good and evil for both children and adults, it represents a virtual dream state. I loved the music.
Favorite movie: I loved Jungle book, a lot of Jazz, soul & blues, I used to be intrigued and still am.
I liked Mufasa’s voice, it was commanding, and I loved when it was time for him to spring into action and be the king of the jungle.
I’m singing “When You Wish Upon A Star, one of the most iconic Disney song. It’s one of these iconic songs which have always been a part of the fabric of your life. I write songs that have a positive message & this one has a positive message, it says think higher/ greater, than your current situation for something better”
Track Listing for Jazz Loves Disney
1. Jamie Cullum – “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” – from The Aristocats
2. Melody Gardot – “He’s A Tramp” – from Lady And The Tramp
3. Stacey Kent – “Bibbidi Bobbodo Boo” (French version) – from Cinderella
4. Gregory Porter – “When You Wish Upon A Star” – from Pinocchio
5. China Moses – “Why Don’t You Do Right” – from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
6. Raphaël Gualazzi – “I Wanna Be Like You” – from The Jungle Book
7. The Rob Mounsey Orchestra – “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” – from Cinderella
8. Hugh Coltman – “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” – from Toy Story
9. Anne Sila – “Let It Go” – from Frozen
10. Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi – “The Bare Necessities” – from The Jungle Book
11. Laika – “Once Upon A Dream” – from Sleeping Beauty
12. Nikki Yanofsky -“Someday My Prince Will Come” – from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
13. The Hot Sardines – I Wanna Be Like You (French & English version) – from The Jungle Book (US release only)
My Thoughts on Jazz Loves Disney
Did I already mention that I LOVE Disney?
While I might not love everything that they produce, this new album is definitely in the love column.
Now, some of the titles included already had a bit of a jazzy feel. Who hasn’t bee-bopped around the room while “The Bare Necessities” or “I Wanna Be Like You”? Heck, I’m bopping in my seat as I’m typing this up just thinking about those particular songs.
But some of these like “Once Upon a Dream” and “When You Wish Upon A Star” are more ballad in nature in their original arrangements. On this album, they have a completely different feel. Amazing how a change in rhythm can completely change how the song ‘feels’.
Are you a Disney fan, too?
Which of these songs would you most love listening to in a jazz format?