Wonderful You

Performed by Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys. CD. 37 min. Adam M. Rothberg. 2016. $14.99.
K-Gr 3—Award-winning Trien lends her lovely vocals to 11 original songs and a cover of the Beatles' "All Together Now." The instrumentalists give excellent performances on guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, violin, viola, cello, upright bass, keyboards, trombone, drums, and percussion. Several guest musicians join Trien, including Alastair Moock, Barbara Brousal, Rani Arbo, and Mister G, performing in acoustic folk pop, jazz, reggae, Western swing, and country waltz musical styles. An enthusiastic children's chorus joins in on several numbers. Friends support one another through tough times in "One Foot in Front of the Other"; there are many amazing things that "Wonderful You" can do; friends watch "Fireworks" over the Brooklyn Bridge; "Monkey Jump," "Round and Round We Go," and "Chi Chi Bom Bom" all encourage listeners to get up and dance and move to the music. The other songs include "Shine," "Magic Wand," "Willie and the Hand Jive," "Feeling Thankful," and "Circle of Friends."
VERDICT This upbeat and bouncy album will appeal to the whole family.

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