Cole, Natalie / Ask a Woman Who Knows
Artist Cole, Natalie
Title Ask a Woman Who Knows
Format CD
Released 2002
Label Verve
1. I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do (4:07)
2. Tell Me All About it (4:10)
(Franks, Michael)
3. As a Woman Who Knows (4:14)
(Victor Abrams)
4. It's Crazy (2:10)
5. You're Mine You (4:03)
6. So Many Stars (5:17)
7. I Told You So (3:52)
(Duncan Lamont)
8. Soon (3:13)
(George & Ira Gershwin)
9. I'm Glad There is You (5:16)
10. Better Than Anything (3:35)
11. The Music That Makes Me Dance (4:09)
12. Calling You (5:00)
(Robert Telson)
13. My Baby Just Cares for Me (4:27)
Notes Ask a Woman Who Knows
Artist  Natalie Cole
Album Title  Ask a Woman Who Knows
Date of Release  Sep 17, 2002  
AMG Rating    
Genre  Jazz  
Styles  Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Natalie Cole is a fascinating vocalist who represents more than 30 years of worldwide critical acclaim, tremendous commercial success, the continuation of a family legacy, and consummate artistry. Her new dreams, ideas, and efforts unfold on Ask a Woman Who Knows, her debut for the Verve recording label and first recording in three years. Ms. Cole's musical choices include songs that depict the various aspects of love - its joy, its sorrow, its loneliness, and its consolation. Included are two of Dinah Washington's gems - "I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do" and the title track, Ask a Woman Who Knows" - both songs about love gone wrong. Cole changes the tone of the set with great scatting on the up-tempo swinger "My Baby Just Cares for Me"; "It's Crazy," the hit written by her father, Nat King Cole; and the soulful "I'm Glad There Is You," which features Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn. Natalie Cole sings her engaging musical stories with priceless, nuanced phrasing accompanied by a distinguished core quintet of Joe Sample, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, and Rob Mounsey. The added dimension of Natalie Cole performing all background vocals and the backing of the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra on two songs makes the recording extra special. Overall, this is an exceptional recording that re-teams her with Tommy LiPuma, the producer of her biggest hit, Unforgettable: With Love. The listener who has followed her career will hear and understand that the consistency of all her exploring has been to arrive at a higher level of musical accomplishment through support from great musicians and a positive musical family. - Paula Edelstein

Natalie Cole  -  Vocals, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangement
Alan Broadbent  -  Piano, Orchestral Arrangements
Jeff Hamilton  -  Drums
Roy Hargrove  -  Flugelhorn, Soloist
Rob Mounsey  -  Keyboards, Orchestral Arrangements
Joe Sample  -  Piano
Russell Malone  -  Guitar
Lewis Nash  -  Drums
Jill Dell'Abate  -  Production Coordination
Larry Bunker  -  Percussion, Vibraphone
John Clayton  -  Orchestral Arrangements
John Hendrickson  -  Engineer
Dick Lapalm  -  Repertoire Consultant
Tommy LiPuma  -  Producer
Christian McBride  -  Bass
Tollak Ollestad  -  Harmonica
John Pisano  -  Guitar
Elliot Scheiner  -  Engineer
Al Schmitt  -  Engineer, Mixing
Terry Trotter  -  Piano
Diana Krall  -  Vocals
Isabelle Wong  -  Design
Luis Quintero  -  Percussion
Shari Sutcliffe  -  Production Coordination
Hollis King  -  Art Direction
Steve Genewick  -  Engineer
Gail Deadrick  -  Advisor
Doug Saks  -  Mastering
Aya Takemura  -  Engineer
Janet Zeitoun  -  Hair Stylist
Kwaku Alston  -  Photography

2002 CD Verve 589774
2002 CS Verve 589774
2002 CD Universal 589915