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Shaking Free

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01
Out Of This World
6:01  
02
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
6:03  
03
I Live To Love You
4:18  
04
Shaking Free
5:18  
05
Stories We Hold
4:54  
06
Birk's Works
4:30  
07
My Shining Hour
4:37  
08
Visions
4:04  
09
I Thought About You
5:04  
10
What Am I Here For?
6:36  
11
Nature Boy
4:15  
12
Blue Daughter
2:22  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 58:02

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Please!

Ah...Clem

Allowing an artist to interpret a song is exactly what keeps otherwise unheard songs viable. You are free to listen to your original versions at any time. Freelon is too good to be ignored for such flimsy reasoning. Her version of "Birk's Works" alone makes this album a worth while addition to any jazz vocal collection.

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There's a difference

EMUSIC-00E3AE96

between interperating a song and using it as a musical treadmill, or a BowFlex ... nothing but a means to get some vocal exercise. Knowing the difference, and respecting the original work, is important to some of us.

They Say All Music Guide

For this excellent effort, Nnenna Freelon solidifies her position as one of the better female jazz singers of the 1990s. Her appealing voice and versatility are well displayed throughout a set that includes a 5/4 version of “Out of This World,” the folk song “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” “Birk’s Works,” “I Thought About You,” “Nature Boy,” and three originals. Freelon is ably assisted by her regular rhythm section of the period (pianist Bill Anschell, bassist John Brown, and drummer Woody Williams), and there are worthwhile guest spots for guitarist Scott Sawyer, Rickey Woodard on tenor and soprano, and Alex Acuna on congas. – Scott Yanow

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