A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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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?
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!