The Dana Owens Album

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The Dana Owens Album
Queen Latifah - The Dana Owens Album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2004
Recorded2003–2004
StudioAvatar Studios, Nervous Music, NuNoise Studio, Right Track Recording
(New York City, New York)
Capitol Studios, Conway Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Record Plant Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
O'Henry Studios
(Burbank, California)
GenreJazz, soul, R&B
Length68:12
LabelFlavor Unit / Creative Battery / AEG Live / A&M
ProducerRon Fair, Tal Herzberg, Arif Mardin, Joe Mardin, Mervyn Warren
Queen Latifah chronology
She's a Queen: A Collection of Hits
(2002)
The Dana Owens Album
(2004)
Trav'lin' Light
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(dud)[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]
Jazz Times(favourable)[4]
Billboard(favourable)[5]
Popmatters(favourable)[6]
NPR(favourable)[7]

The Dana Owens Album is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Queen Latifah, released on September 28, 2004, by A&M Records.[1] The album reached No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[8][9]

Overview[edit]

Unlike her previous hip hop/R&B-oriented efforts, this album showcases a jazz vocal performance by Latifah. It's also a cover album of jazz and R&B tunes entitled after Latifah's birth name.[1]

The LP earned a Grammy nomination in 2005 in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album.[10] The album has also been certified gold in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Baby Get Lost" (Leonard Feather) – 3:42
  2. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 3:08
  3. "Simply Beautiful" (Al Green) – 4:11
  4. "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" (Bill Withers) – 3:53
  5. "Moody's Mood for Love" (James Moody, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:59
  6. "Close Your Eyes" (Bernice Petkere) – 2:55
  7. "California Dreamin'" (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 3:42
  8. "Hard Times" (Stony Browder, August Darnell) – 5:21
  9. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Gail Fisher, Vincent Levy, Joe Zawinul) – 3:27
  10. "Hello Stranger" (Barbara Lewis) – 3:00
  11. "If I Had You" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ted Shapiro) – 4:04
  12. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) – 4:25

Personnel[edit]

Main personnel[edit]

  • Queen Latifah: Vocals
  • Bryant Breyers: Trombone
  • Pete Christlieb: Saxophone
  • Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums
  • Luis Conte: Percussion
  • Jim Cox: Fender Rhodes, Piano, Wurlitzer
  • Charles Davis: Trumpet
  • Peter Erskine: Drums
  • Brandon Fields: Saxophone
  • John Goux: Guitar
  • Gary Grant: Horn, Trumpet
  • Dan Higgins: Horn, Saxophone
  • Larry Lunetta: Trumpet
  • Richard Taylor "Dick" Nash: Trombone
  • David "Fathead" Newman: Vocals
  • Bruce Otto: Trombone
  • Joel Peskin: Saxophone
  • Mervyn Warren: Piano, Scat

Guest artists[edit]

Session musicians[edit]

  • Nico Abondolo: String Bass
  • Robert Adcock: Cello
  • Eun Mee Ahn: Violin
  • Richard Altenbach: Violin
  • Jerry Barnes: Bass
  • Sherrod Barnes: Guitar
  • Robert Becker: Viola
  • Emily Bernstein: Clarinet
  • Gary Bias: Saxophone
  • Charlie Bisharat: Violin
  • Tom Boyd: Oboe
  • Jacqueline Brand: Violin
  • Denyse Buffum: Viola
  • Bob Burns, Jr.: Trumpet
  • Darius Campo: Violin
  • Roberto Cani: Violin
  • Tim Carmon: Organ
  • Lily Ho Chen: Violin
  • Ronald Clark: Violin
  • Jon Clarke: Horn (English)
  • Durell Coleman: Vocals (Background)
  • Larry Corbett: Cello
  • Brian Dembow: Viola
  • Joel Derouin: Violin
  • Yvette Devereaux: Violin
  • Bruce Dukov: Violin
  • Arni Egilsson: String Bass
  • Stephen Erdody: Cello
  • Charles Everett: Violin
  • Marlow Fisher: Viola
  • Samuel Formicola: Viola
  • Matthew Funes: Viola
  • Armen Garabedian: Violin
  • Berj Garabedia: Violin
  • Tom Garvin: Piano
  • Gordon Gottlieb: Percussion
  • Endre Granat: Violin
  • Alan Grunfeld: Violin
  • Omar Hakim: Drums
  • Tamara Hatwan: Violin
  • Jerry Hey: Horn
  • Paul Jackson, Jr.: Guitar
  • Patricia Johnson: Violin
  • Will Kennedy: Drums
  • Peter Kent: Violin
  • Robbie Kondor: Piano
  • Armen Ksadjikian: Cello
  • Songa Lee: Violin
  • Natalie Leggett: Violin
  • Mario de León: Violin
  • Jay Leonhart: Bass
  • Phillip Levy: Violin
  • Dan Little: Cello
  • David Low: Cello
  • Rene Mandel: Violin
  • Andrew Martin: Trombone
  • Arnold McCuller: Vocals (Background)
  • Raul Midón: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals (Background)
  • Ricky Minor: Bass
  • Victoria Miskolczy: Viola
  • Shedrick Mitchell: Organ
  • Horia Moroaica: Violin
  • Ralph Morrison III: Violin
  • Lewis Nash: Drums
  • Dan Neufeld: Viola
  • Robin Olson: Violin
  • Sid Page: Violin
  • Sara Parkins: Violin
  • John Patitucci: Bass
  • Valerie Pinkston: Vocals (Background)
  • Katia Popov: Violin
  • Joe Porcaro: Percussion
  • William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr.: Horn
  • Kevin Ricard: Percussion
  • Emil Richards: Vibraphone
  • John "J.R." Robinson: Drums
  • Ralph Rolle: Drums
  • Gil Romero: Violin
  • James Ross: Viola
  • Sheldon Sanov: Violin
  • David Shamban: Cello
  • Harry Shirinian: Viola
  • Jackie Simley: Vocals (Background)
  • Steve Skinner: Vibraphone
  • Pamela Sklar: Flute (Bass)
  • Neil Stubenhaus: Bass
  • Cecilia Tsan: Cello
  • Mari Tsumura: Violin
  • Louise di Tullio: Flute
  • Michael Valerio: Bass
  • Josefina Vergara: Violin
  • Frank Vignola: Guitar
  • Ian Walker: String Bass
  • Larry E. Williams: Saxophone
  • Lloyd Williams: Vocals (Background)
  • Reggie C. Young: Trombone

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 16
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[9] 11

Singles[edit]

Single Chart (2005) Peak
position
"Simply Beautiful" U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Queen Latifah". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ Blashill, Pat (October 28, 2004). "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2006-09-26. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  4. ^ "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album". jazztimes.com.
  5. ^ "The Dana Owens Album". billboard.com.
  6. ^ "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album". popmatters.com.
  7. ^ "Queen Latifah Turns to Ballads". npr.org.
  8. ^ a b "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album (Billboard 200)". billboard.com.
  9. ^ a b "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". billboard.com.
  10. ^ "Queen Latifah". Grammy.com.
  11. ^ "Queen Latifah: The Dana Owens Album". riaa.com.

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