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Gasteyer, Ana / I'm Hip
Album:I'm Hip Collection:Jazz
Artist:Gasteyer, Ana Added:12/2014
Label:Self-Release 

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Add Date:2014-12-05 Pull Date:2015-02-06 
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Album Review
Wallace Brontoon
Reviewed 2014-12-05 
SNL alum and Broadway actress, Ana Gasteyer releases her first record, full of light jazz-lounge (on the novelty side, she's calling it "Moxie Jazz") from the '50s and '60s. Fun light stuff, but she has a very trained voice in the mode of ‘50s chanteuses. Recommended stuff.

1 (2:36) (FCC: shit (said by band in background)) *** High-energy, brassy lounge. (originally ...)
2 (3:12) *** Blossom Dearie-type song [actually by Blossom Dearie -ed.] about hipness, updated to 2014 buzzwords, with angular scatting.
3 (2:18) **** Cheek to Cheek, done fairly straight as a ballad, but a minute, speeds up ridiculously-- becomes a reckless mambo.
4 (2:36) * Given a '30s phonograph intro, then Sister Kate kicks into a rockin' style. A bit of a showtunes-type-brassy rocker.
5 (3:24) A bit out of place-- soft ballad on piano that sounds like a contemporary musical. Skip, more than a bit sappy.
6 (2:48) ** The Boswell Sisters manic classic, now with goofy sound effects. A bit weird to hear this song NOT done by a trio, but it's a charming take.
7 (3:00) *** Comparison of potential husbands to department store wares; light and buoyant.
8 (3:18) ****** Gongs open: bright horns and Orientalism - quick, witty wordplay at a million words per minute. Cute and fun. Weird phone call sketch interlude. Really, really fun. 
9 (3:40) The theme to the '60s schlock classic Valley of the Days. Pretty treacly stuff, done earnestly, with a gauzy production. I'd give it a skip.
10 (3:50) **** Cool-cat snapping and soft bongos. Pleasant jazzy Peggy Lee-type thing-- OH, this is that Carrie Underwood thing. This isn't like Richard Cheese lounging up a thing; this song actually works in this arrangement.
11 (2:19) **** Fun, bouncy huckster tin pan alley tune with goofy air and s
ound effects, etc. A real goof. Clarinet solo. 
12 (3:34) Treacly, not recommended. 

Track Listing
1.One Mint Julep 7.Shopping Around
2.I'm Hip 8.A Proper Cup Of Coffee
3.Cheek To Cheek 9.(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls
4.Sister Kate 10.Before He Cheats
5.The Book Of Love 11.I Wantcha Around
6.Crazy People 12.Defying Gravity