Baby on the Subway
Aided and abetted by a phenomenal band of Jazz players, award-winning, Brooklyn-based singer Camille Harris returns for her fourth release. Sometimes billed as “Silly Jazz,” Harris mixes interesting reinterpretations of classic children’s songs with some nice original compositions, as in her “straight” singing of “The Muffin Man” before launching into her stylish jazz rap and trumpet fueled sequel. “Jiggly Wigggly” is sure to get kids up and moving, and she cleverly expands the basic “Chopsticks” melody to create a song about a favorite Asian restaurant and eating etiquette. “Procrastination Song (Untitled)” is a witty little ode to that which we all do too much, and her interpretation of “The Wheels On The Bus” is aided by bouncy bass, expressive percussion and voice-like horns. She even pulls out a Broadway-style rock anthem in her subterranean observations of a loving family on “Baby On The Subway.” Classic lounge jazz is employed for her tale told by “The Aegean Sea,” and her expansion of the classic “Itsy Bitsy Spider” wed with her original “Get Up and Try Again” transform the song into a parable about persistence. Dixieland Jazz is used to spice up the perennial animal sound making song “Old McDonald.” Elsewhere, “The Backwards Alphabet” takes the challenge of reverse reciting of one’s ABC’s and makes it more manageable with a New Orleans-style backing. A medley of Twinkle Twinkle/Baa Baa Black Sheep/ABC’s” alternates between Reggae, a piano jazz two-step and a swinging alphabet workout. A sweet “Lullaby” finishes this CD, which will have children bopping along and jazz loving parents wanting to hear the recording again and again.
Lahri Bond ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.