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May 19, 2012


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Thanks for giving Donna Summer the credit she deserves, Marc. On her 1982 "Donna Summer" album, produced by Quincy Jones, she actually crossed paths with jazz, performing Billy Strayhorn's classic "Lush Life". The sax player is the great Ernie Watts:


The album also features guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Michael Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Dave Grusin ... a real all-star affair.

Rab Hines

Thanks for your tribute to Donna Summer. I always thought that her talent transcended the simplistic "disco" label. It would have been interesting to see where she might have gone if she wasn't pigeonholed that way.

Always interesting, Marc - thank you.

Klaus Van L.

The unparalleled Donna Summer, queen of a formerly misunderstood genre that's today still fresher than rock has ever been. Thank God times have changed, and I really appreciate how you nailed it, Marc, especially here at a jazz blog.


Jose Reyes

All her albums were great Marc but from all I read about Donna Summer and her unfortunate death, it seems the "A Love Trilogy" album is never mentioned. This the "BEST" Disco album EVER!!! The "Once Upon A Time" Album is right there behind in second. This is my opinion, of course but also the opinion of many, many others.

A Love Trilogy: http://www.amazon.com/A-Love-Trilogy-Donna-Summer/dp/B000001F9N/ref=sr_1_13?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1337545450&sr=1-13

Once Upon A Time: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Time-Donna-Summer/dp/B000001FEE/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1337545598&sr=1-7

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