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“Jazz Loves Disney” Set for Nov. 18 Release

On Verve

"Jazz Loves Disney" is due out Nov. 18 on Verve

On Nov. 18, Verve will release Jazz Loves Disney, a 13-track album of classic Disney tunes from Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, the Jungle Book and more that have been “given the big-band jazz treatment,” according to a press release. The album, which “celebrates classic Disney magic and Walt Disney’s love for jazz,” was recorded between Paris, London and Los Angeles, and features such artists as Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum and the Hot Sardines, among others.

According to the release, “Walt Disney loved jazz and paid great attention to the writing of the music accompanying his heroes’ adventures. Dedicated teams wrote and performed these essential songs that carried the emotional messages of beloved characters.”

Highlights of Jazz Loves Disney, produced by Jay Newland and arranged and directed by Rob Mounsey, include Gregory Porter singing “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Jamie Cullum singing “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat,” “He’s a Tramp” with Melody Gardot and Stacey Kent, who puts a bossa nova spin on “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.”

The complete track list for Jazz Loves Disney is as follows:

1. Jamie Cullum, “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat,” The Aristocats

2. Melody Gardot, “He’s a Tramp,” Lady and the Tramp

3. Stacey Kent, “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” (French version), Cinderella

4. Gregory Porter, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” Pinocchio 

5. China Moses, “Why Don’t You Do Right,” Who Framed Roger Rabbit

6. Raphaël Gualazzi, “I Wanna Be Like You,” the Jungle Book

7. The Rob Mounsey Orchestra, “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” Cinderella

8. Hugh Coltman, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” Toy Story

9. Anne Sila, “Let It Go,” Frozen

10. Melody Gardot & Raphaël Gualazzi, “The Bare Necessities,” the Jungle Book

11. Laika, “Once Upon a Dream,” Sleeping Beauty

12. Nikki Yanofsky, “Someday My Prince Will Come,” Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

13. The Hot Sardines, “I Wanna Be Like You” (French & English version), the Jungle Book (US release only)

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