JONI MITCHELL — Both Sides Now (review)

JONI MITCHELL — Both Sides Now album cover Album · 2000 · Vocal Jazz Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
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A sentimental journey into modern love?

Joni Mitchell's only traditional jazz album that I am aware of. She takes a trip back to past and covers what are basically vocal jazz standards from the 30's, 40's, and '50's. One from the 20's and one from the '60's as well. Also two of her own from 1968 (the title track) and 1972 redone in that style. The collection is a concept album of sorts. The concept being "the arc of a modern romantic relationship".

She teams up with an orchestra, bass, and drums. Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Mark Isham also show up in appearances as featured soloists.

Alas, for me this album is more interesting in concept than in execution. I much prefer her fusion excursions.
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