Deborah Harry: Stormy Weather / Ill Wind


Stormy Weather / Ill Wind


Deborah Harry (vocals)


Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (Sony Classical SK 87888)

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Deborah Harry (vocals),

Ray Anderson (trombone), Roy Nathanson (alto sax), Jay Rodriguez (tenor sax), Sam Furnace (baritone sax), Adam Rogers (guitar), Bill Ware (marimba), Rob Thomas (violin), Greg Cohen (bass), J.T. Lewis (drums)


Arranged by Roy Nathanson and Bill Ware. Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler


Recorded: New York, June 2002


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

In the mid-1990s, Debbie Harry picked up The Jazz Passengers for two CDs, and in 2002 gave them another lift for this track on a Harold Arlen tribute album. She didn't, however, quit her day jobs, still touring (in her early 60s) as Blondie's lead singer, pursuing a solo career and continuing HIV/AIDS activism. In contrast to other rockers (e.g., Rod Stewart), whose jazz detours have been discreetly middle-of-the-road, Harry's trips with The Jazz Passengers are edgy and adventurous, demanding exceptional concentration and serious vocal technique. Purists may call this medley a melee, but we think Debbie Harry has a heart of class.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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