Trav'lin' Light (Queen Latifah album)

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Trav'lin' Light
Queen Latifah - Trav'lin' Light.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2007 (2007-09-25)
GenreVocal jazz, R&B
LabelFlavor Unit / Verve
ProducerRon Fair, Tommy LiPuma, Marc Shaiman
Queen Latifah chronology
The Dana Owens Album
(2004)
Trav'lin' Light
(2007)
Persona
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[2]

Trav'lin' Light is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Queen Latifah, released in the United States on September 25, 2007 by Verve Records.[1] The album rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.[3]

Overview[edit]

Following 2004's The Dana Owens Album, this is Latifah's second all-singing album containing cover versions of jazz standards. The album also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.[1][3]

The album cut "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), presented to its arranger, John Clayton. Trav'lin' Light was also Grammy nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Poetry Man" (Phoebe Snow) – 4:40
  2. "Georgia Rose" featuring Stevie Wonder (Jimmy Flynn, Harry Rosenthal, Alex Sullivan) – 3:43
  3. "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gene Lees) – 3:54
  4. "Don't Cry Baby" (Saul Bernice, James P. Johnson, Stella Unger) – 2:53
  5. "I Love Being Here with You" (Peggy Lee, William Schluger) – 2:52
  6. "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" (Mann Curtis, Al Hoffman, Walter Kent) – 2:09
  7. "Trav'lin' Light" (Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Mundy, Trummy Young) – 4:05
  8. "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl" (Nina Simone) – 3:06
  9. "I'm Not in Love" (Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman) – 4:47
  10. "What Love Has Joined Together" (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers) – 3:40
  11. "How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side)" (Anita Pointer, June Pointer, Patricia Pointer, Ruth Pointer, David Rubinson) – 5:41
  12. "Gone Away" (Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Curtis Mayfield) – 5:50
  13. "I Know Where I've Been" (from Hairspray) (Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman) – 4:13
  14. "Java Jive" (exclusive track available only on copies purchased on QueenLatifah.com)
Wal-Mart edition
  1. "Every Woman Is a Queen" – 1:53

"Every Woman Is a Queen" can also be heard in her CoverGirl commercials.

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ron Fair - producer (1, 3, 4, 9–12)
  • Tommy LiPuma - producer (2, 5–8)
  • Marc Shaiman - producer (13)
  • Monica Lynch, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere - executive producers
  • John Clayton (2, 5–8), Tommy Vicari (3, 9, 12), "Angry" Mike Eleopoulos (4, 10), Peter Mokram (1), Jack Joseph Puig (11) - mixing
  • Doug Sax - mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 11
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[6] 6
U.S. Billboard Top Jazz Albums[6] 1

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States September 25, 2007 Verve
Canada
Australia September 29, 2007
Germany October 19, 2007 Universal
Japan October 30, 2007
United Kingdom November 5, 2007 Verve

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. "Queen Latifah: Trav'lin' Light". Allmusic.
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (2007-09-28). "Trav'lin Light Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  3. ^ a b "Queen Latifah: Travlin' Light (Jazz Albums)". billboard.com.
  4. ^ "John Clayton". grammy.com.
  5. ^ "Queen Latifah". grammy.com.
  6. ^ a b c "Trav'lin' Light > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-11.