February 19, 2018

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Night & Day by JoJo & the Pinecones | SLJ Music Review

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redstarNight & Day. Performed by JoJo & the Pinecones. CD. 50 min. Produced by Benjamin Gallina & Joelle Lurie. 2017. $8.99

PreS Up –JoJo & the Pinecones are lead singer Joelle Lurie, her musical partner and coproducer Benjamin Gallina, and a band of talented jazz musicians. Part 1: Day features high-energy songs that follow the arc of a day from waking up to having breakfast for dinner, while Part 2: Night is a farewell to the day as listeners get ready for bed. There is a wonderful mix of original songs written by Lurie and Gallina along with some standards. Skillful arrangements give each classic song a jazzy twist, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” “I Can See Clearly Now,” “Night and Day,” and “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” Perhaps the most surprising cover is the Smashing Pumpkins song “Farewell and Goodnight.” In the hands of JoJo & the Pinecones, these tunes are the perfect way to end a perfect day. VERDICT Lurie’s strong vocals combined with rich instrumentation make this a jazz album that the whole family will enjoy.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL

This review was published in the School Library Journal July 2017 issue.

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