Eartha Kitt, Live from the Cafe Carlyle – with quintet led by Daryl Waters – DRG

by | Nov 13, 2006 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Eartha Kitt, Live from the Cafe Carlyle – with quintet let by Daryl Waters – DRG 91499,  54:18  ****:

The phenomenal show biz equivalent of the Energizer Bunny keeps entertaining sold-out crowds at NYC’s posh Cafe Carlyle at age 79. The slinky, seductive, purring and growling Kitt enthralls her audiences with her own patented style, while still honoring the tunes she performs. Singing in ten different languages, she originally got her start performing in a Paris niteclub and was called by Orson Welles “the most exciting woman in the world.”  She’s had an Emmy Award, three Tony nominations and two Grammy nominations. Kitt was blacklisted for years after she spoke out against the Vietnam War.

Eartha’ 17-song act at the Carlyle is basically the same thing she has been doing for many decades now, but somehow faster and funnier. One of the gems is Eartha singing Come-On-a My House in Japanese. The NY Times said she is being discovered by the generation who thought Madonna had pioneered the image of the pop singer as a gold-digging femme fatale.  This would probably be an even better experience as a video DVD, but the CD is tremendous fun anyway.

Tracklist: Sell Me, An Englishman Needs Time, Come-On-A My House, Hate/Love New York, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Uska Dara, Waray Waray, La Vie ne Rose, Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup, What Is This Thing Called Love?, How Insensitive, All My Life, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, C’Est Si Bon, September Song, It Was a Very Good Year, Here’s to Life.

 – John Henry

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