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Dakota Staton – More Than The Most! (1959/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dakota Staton – More Than The Most! (1959/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 29:39 minutes | 606 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Recorded in 1959, this is one of Dakota Staton’s most consistently pleasing albums. The band is excellent (directed by Sid Feller), with good solo work from various members to go along with Dakota’s fine singing. Tune selection is very good, and there’s a good balance between slow ballads and quicker tempoed tunes. Highlights include IT’S YOU OR NO ONE, THE SONG IS ENDED, and EAST OF THE SUN. SOME DAYS IT’S MONDAY is downright sultry, a Staton specialty.

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Dakota Staton – Dakota Sings Ballads And The Blues (1960/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dakota Staton – Dakota Sings Ballads And The Blues (1960/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:44 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Dakota Staton Sings Ballads and the Blues is one of my favorite compilations! It has 12 tracks from “Dakota” recorded in 1960 and 12 tracks “Dakota Staton Sings Ballads and the Blues recorded in 1959, with 2 bonus tracks (“On Chapel Hill,” and “Porgy”) with the Norman Simmon’s Orchestra and great liner notes. The only way to describe this CD is that it swings as is evident by opening tune “Rock Me To Sleep” followed by “If I Love Again.” The up tempo rhythm for “Green Dolphin Street, and “Pick Yourself Up” shows that Dakota can keep up with the best of them. “Trapped” remains one of my personal favorites because it is funky and jazzy at the same time, not to mention the great lyrics. Her call and answer response on “Love Me” takes you back to the smoke filled nightclub days as does the finger snapping you can’t resist when listening to “My Babe.” The words and rhythm of “Seems Like You Just Don’t care” makes it just fun to listen to and shows how much Dakota liked to have fun when singing.

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Dakota Staton – Dynamic! (1959/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dakota Staton – Dynamic! (1959/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:51 minutes | 846 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

One of Dakota Staton’s early albums, DYNAMIC! definitely lives up to the promise of it’s title. With some magical arrangements from Sid Feller, Ms. Staton riffs her way through a selection of jazz and theatre standards, stamping each and every one with her unique brand of musical showmanship.

Highlights would definitely have to include “Let Me Off Uptown” (full of Staton’s spunky attitude), “When Sunny Gets Blue” (with one of the most beautiful lyrics you’ll ever have the pleasure to hear); and “The Party’s Over” (from the Broadway musical “Bells Are Ringing”).

If you’re a jazz fan you’ll really enjoy the snappy vocal stylings of Miss Dakota Staton. A treasure.

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