Sweet Baby J'ai: Exactly Like You (Perpetrating)


Exactly Like You (Perpetrating)


Sweet Baby J'ai (vocals)


Introducing J'ai Michel (Sunset Music Group SMG 2157)

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Sweet Baby J'ai (vocals),

Dale Fielder (alto sax), Jane Getz (Fender Rhodes), Jeff Littleton (bass), Kendall Kay (drums)


Composed by Dorothy Fields & Jimmy McHugh. Spoken word by Sweet Baby J’ai


Recorded: unknown location and date; released May 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

This version of "Exactly Like You" could not be more different in style from my favorite rendition, performed by Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick. While the more modern, funked-up angle on the track might offend some purists, the real point of interest is the addition of an overlaid spoken-word section. Sweet Baby J'ai makes the case that it's not impossible for the youth of Hip-Hop Nation to also be into the likes of Little Jimmy Scott, Coltrane and Philly Joe Jones. She has a point. She also has an incredible voice. One that might win over the traditionalists and thus render moot my cliché about purists being offended by funked- up angles.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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