Dee Dee Bridgewater's self-titled album showcases her immense vocal talent as well as her ability to succeed in different musical genres. Originally released by Atlantic in 1976, this album has a more R&B and Funk sound to it as opposed to her more traditional jazz sounds of her later releases.
1.My Prayer (Fast)
2.My Lonely Room
3.It Ain't Easy
5.Goin' Through The Motions
6.You Saved Me
7.Every Man Wants Another Man's Woman
8.My Prayer (Ballad)
Personnel: Cliff Morris, Jerry Friedman (guitars); Harold Wheeler (keyboards); Herb Bushler (bass instrument); Alan Schwartzburg (drums); Linda November, Arleane Martell, Vivian Cherry (background vocals).
Those who know Dee Dee Bridgewater from her classy tributes to jazz luminaries like Horace Silver and Ella Fitzgerald should take note that the music on the reissue of this eponymous effort from 1980 is more firmly situated in the pop and R&B camps. From songs with a disco-influenced feel ("Lonely Disco Dancer") to smooth, lilting balladry ("When Love Comes Knocking at Your Door"), this set is light, groove-oriented, and easy on the ears. It may not be the best place to start with this too-often-overlooked singer, but it should be of interest to long-time fans.