Long As You're Livingthe songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr.
Long As You're Living, the songs & poetry of Oscar Brown Jr. Linda was awarded Backstage Magazine's 2008 Bistro Award - the BMI Award for Outstanding Recording.
TRACKS1. A Tree And Me 2. Mr. Kicks 3. Hazel's Hips 4. Summer In The City 5. A Column Of Birds 6. 'Round Midnight / The Beach 7. Brother, Where Are You? 8. Bid 'Em In 9. The Call Of The City 10. The Snake 11. Old Lovers' Song 12. Humdrum Blues 13. Tower Of Time 14. Long As You're Living
PERSONNEL Voice - Linda Kosut; Piano, Trombone, Arrangements - Max Perkoff; Bass - Tom Shader; Drums/Percussion - Paul van Wageningen
In this CD, Long as You re Living, singer Linda Kosut brings the music, lyrics and spirit of singer/songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr., wonderfully to life. Following the acclaimed stage tribute to Brown s music that Kosut performed, Long as You re Living is a heartfelt and wholly enjoyable expression of the admiration Kosut felt for the iconic African American musician since she first heard his music in the early 60s when still in her teens. Kosut, nightclub & stage entertainer, makes any tune her own with her distinctive warm, dark sound and that rare talent to tell a story through a song's poetic images.
"Linda finds her groove in Oscar Brown Jr.'s music. Singer hits all the right notes." - DON HECKMAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES
" [OBJ] was as consummate an actor as he was a singer and songwriter, and it takes as fine an actor as Brown to do proper justice to his songs, particularly one as gutsy as Linda Kosut [who] pays album-length tribute to Brown." - CHRISTOPHER LOUDON, JAZZ TIMES
"This album is almost like a collaboration. Linda’s voice is definitely one of the stars of the show, yet Oscar’s personality is ever present. She is a singer of great ability. The organic strength of her voice is deftly wielded so that she can handle complicated passages without any dead spaces being created from having to rein back." - MAXWELL CHANDLER, JAZZ REVIEW
"Linda Kosut has caught the meaning of his work, the profundity and the humour. I have played it on air, and I will play it again. Her voice suits the lyrics and the backing charts are very supportive without getting in the way of all the nuances of the words. My congratulations to Linda and the guys, for doing their research and getting this tribute right without just singing the words and playing the notes." - BARRIE WOODEY, "Jazz 4A Sunday Night" CHRW 94.9FM