Jacqui Naylor
You Don't Know Jacq

Release Date: November 04, 2008
Produced by: Art Khu, Jacqui Naylor
Format: CD



Matt Rowe


Conventional barroom Jazz gets a chance to makeover some classic tunes in this new album by the multi-hued voice of female Jazz singer, Jacqui Naylor.  Based on a habit that allows pre-arranged requests for songs played at shows as well as re-recorded songs from her first six recordings, Naylor delivers a Live-like platform of unlikely songs like “How Deep is Your Love” (Bee Gees), “Losing My Religion” (REM), “Miss You” (Rolling Stones), and more likely renditions of “Tell Me More and More and Then Some” (Billie Holiday), “My Funny Valentine” (Rodgers/Hart), and “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers). 

All of the unusual songs (mentioned above) are arranged quite differently than their Rock counterparts that they throw you off a bit and sound more like curiosities, much like you’d hear in a bar where the entertainer is doing just what the dollars are coming in to do, entertain.  I do admit that “Miss You,” which is designed, in a sense, to be meddled with, is somewhat interesting.  The arrangement of “How Deep is Your Love” is certainly a strange one as is “Losing My Religion.”  You’ll enjoy the husky version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” easily enough.

The rest of the packed 16-track album is a good foray into experimentation that will please traditional club Jazz fans with some musical variations.









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