This one is for fans of Disney music – and also anyone who loves jazz. Why has it taken so long for someone to moot this idea of infusing jazz and Disney music into one album? Better late than never: here are 45 glorious minutes of iconic Disney tunes performed by some of the most well known jazz musicians around the world.
Probably the most mainstream of the lot, English pop jazz singer Jamie Cullum kickstarts the compilation of 12 songs with “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat” from 1970’s The Aristocats. American singer Melody Gardot then takes over and like a cat, she purrs “He’s A Tramp” from The Lady and the Tramp (1955).
Disney music has the power to bring people together. Remember “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio (1940)? Played over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film, the Oscar winning song has since become the representative song of the Mouse House. It is performed charmingly by American artiste Gregory Porter on this CD, and it is a treat you can listen to over and over again. Elsewhere, Italian singer Raphael Gualazzi ups the tempo and suavely croons “I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” from 1967’s The Jungle Book, while French singer Laika Fatien brings a sexy rendition to the 1959 adaptation of Sleepy Beauty’s “Once Upon A Dream”.
Things get more contemporary with French performers Hugh Coltman and Anne Sila singing “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from Toy Story (1995) and “Let It Go” from Frozen (2013). Speaking of the French, Stacey Kent and Nikki Yanofsky bring you the French versions of “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” and “Un Jour Mon Prince Viendra” (“Someday My Prince Will Come”) from two of Disney’s most beloved films Cinderella (1950) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Cuddle up with a cup of coffee on a rainy day with this recommended album, and things won’t look so gloomy anymore.
Recommended Track: (4) When You Wish Upon A Star - Gregory Porter
Review by John Li