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CD of the Month: Renn Woods – Crazy PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 January 2015 09:05

Renn Woods is a film and stage actress, singer, song writer, playwright, and producer.  She has appeared in a variety of films including: CHURCH 2, CHURCH, THE BLUE HOUR, CRAZY WORLD, FORREST GUMP, JUDGEMENT, FROM HOLLYWOOD TO DEADWOOD, JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH, BEER, THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, PENITENITARY II, NINE TO FIVE (9 to 5), XANADU, THE JERK, HAIR (Film), A PERFECT COUPLE, YOUNGBLOOD, CAR WASH, and SPARKLE. She played Fanta in the Emmy Award-winning TV mini-series "Roots" of 1977.

Her recording debut would occur in 1970 with the teenage trio Sunday's Child. She along with sisters Ilene Anderson and Mary Lou Anderson made up the group. The single released from the album was To Love Somebody / What Are You Thinking. In 1979 she released an album on Columbia Records titled Out Of The Woods, produced by Al McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire. She was joined on that album by some of the greatest West Coast musicians and back ground singers. In 1982 the Azz Izz album was released on Elektra Records. It was produced by Chuck Jackson from the group The Independents.

Renn Woods has just released her first Jazz CD titled Crazy. It is a 6 track CD containing some of the greatest Jazz standards of all time. The track listing includes Crazy He Calls Me, I’ll Close My Eyes, That Old Feeling, You Don’t Know What Love Is, A Rocking Good Way and Salty Papa Blues. She is accompanied by a band consisting of a pianist, drummer and bassist. The opening track is a cover of the Jazz standard made famous by Billie Holiday called Crazy He Calls Me. It is a beautiful selection with the voice of Renn Woods accompanied by piano. Another standard is You Don’t Know What Love Is which is a passionate track with a pleading mood.  The track A Rocking Good Way is a cover of the 1960 classic originally done by Dinah Washington and Brook Benton. This is an upbeat tune that features Woods in a duet with a male singer.  Another highlight is Salty Papa Blues which swings. This tune was made famous by Dinah Washington and The Lionel Hampton Septet.

Renn Woods – Crazy is a great CD that any Jazz fan will truly enjoy. It contains fantastic vocals, a great band and wonderful arrangements.

Renn Woods was a special gust on the Funk Show with Howard Burchette.

Genre: Jazz, Jazz vocals, Mainstream Jazz, Blues

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 06:28