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Baby Loves Jazz

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A fun way for kids to learn about jazz.

What parents need to know

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive here, just a vastly entertaining way for little ones to learn about and from authentic jazz.

What's the story?

BABY LOVES JAZZ is the first of a series in a project created by Andy Blackman Hurwitz, whose idea is to teach kids about various genres of music without compromising the music itself, and this CD does just that, beautifully. The series is slated to include: Baby Loves Disco, Baby Loves Reggae, Baby Loves Hip Hop and Baby Loves Salsa. Baby Loves Jazz is a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, be-bopping way for children to learn about jazz from some of the hottest musicians out of the New York jazz scene -- as they lovingly perform various clever, authentic, and imminently entertaining interpretations of children's classics and new favorites.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

While the entire CD is quite entertaining, standout tracks include the raucous "Old MacDonald," the New Orleans-soaked "Scat Song," the lush "Lullaby Jazz," and the very danceable "Go Baby Go." Interspersed throughout are imaginative interludes highlighting specific jazz instruments. The CD ends with a trilogy of downbeat, lullaby songs that are just right for bedtime, to relax and soothe the small ones off to sleep. The musicians are obviously having a hornful of fun, as will you and your kids!

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the sounds of specific instruments convey emotions. Which instrument is their favorite, and why? They can also dance, sing along, and just enjoy the music.

Music details

Artist:Baby Loves Jazz Band
Release date:August 1, 2006
Label:VerveMusicGroup
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 May 2, 2009

cute

it's cute for kids 5 years of age and younger!
Adult Written bythelovelymrsdavis April 9, 2008

Great Jazz for Children and Parents

Baby Loves Jazz includes jazz "covers" of traditional children's songs that had me singing along, dancing with my toddler, and truly enjoying myself. The vocals (including some amazing scat) are crazy-fun, and the band is incredible. These are all accomplished jazz musicians, so the sound is authentic and true; but because they are familiar songs, the jazz was more accessible. Songs like "Working on the Railroad" and "The Wheels on the Bus" are jazzed up to the point where you will never sing them to your child the same way again. Many of the tracks incorporate children singing along or responding to the music, but this is handled well. The kiddies sound engaged and spontaneous rather than painfully coached, and that makes a tremendous difference. The only downer for me was that the songs are interspersed with brief commercial-like introductions of various instruments (trumpet, piano, etc.), which interrupted the groove of the album and seemed unnecessary. The greatest strength of this album, in my view, is its ability to inspire parents to sing, dance, and enjoy music with their young children. This music is irresistable.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
THIS Is SOOOOOOOO BAD!!!

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