September 7, 2006


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Jon Crosse, Kind of Blue and Pink
Jazz Cat Productions, 2006

Never let it be said that the rebel press doesn’t care about even pitifully downtrodden folks like you, brand new mom and dad, with your intoxicating combination scent of powdered cuteness and Bombay sewage. Since you insisted on going forth and procreating within the last couple of years, your downstairs neighbors would be eternally grateful if you’d ixnay the Barney singalongs and toss this in the player, at least until it too makes the call of singlehood hard to resist, which it will. Si, signors and signoras, ’tis jazz for rugrats on tap from Mr. Crosse, abetted by such legends as Freddie Hubbard, Carmen McRae and Luis Conte. Regardless of the care with which these recordings (“Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Three Blind Mice,” all the greats) were done, it’s a challenge not to cringe from the Mister Rogers-ness of it all, although that may have something to do with their vintage. Originally released in 1986 (Baby On Board, anyone?) under the title “Lullabies Go Jazz,” this collection was named a Notable Children’s Recording by the American Library Association. B-

— Eric W. Saeger