What Is Love

by Queen Esther

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And now the purple dusk of twilight time Steals across the meadows of my heart High up in the sky the little stars climb Always reminding me that we're apart You wandered down the lane and far away Leaving me a song that will not die Love is now the stardust of yesterday The music of the years gone by Sometimes I wonder why I spend The lonely night dreaming of a song The melody haunts my reverie And I am once again with you When our love was new And every kiss an inspiration But that was long ago Now my consolation Is in the stardust of a song Beside a garden wall When stars are bright You are in my arms The nightingale tells his fairy tale of paradise where roses grew Though I dream in vain In my heart it always will remain My stardust melody The memory of love's refrain
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Queen Esther - vocals Hilliard Greene - bass Patience Higgins - tenor sax Matt Ray - piano Warren Smith - drums
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Away from the city that hurts and knocks, I'm standing alone by the desolate docks In the still and the chill of the night I see the horizon the great unknown My heart has an ache/It's as heavy as stone Will the dawn coming on make it light I cover the waterfront I'm watching the sea Will the one I love Be coming back to me I cover the waterfront In search of my love And I'm covered By a starlit sky above Here am I Patiently waiting Hoping and longing Oh how I yearn Where are you Have you forgotten Will you remember? Will you return? I cover the waterfront I'm searching the sea Will the one I love be coming back to me Will the one I love be coming back to me
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The sky's not falling and I'll tell you why I don't see heaven when I look up in the sky Everything is going to be alright Everything is going to be alright Newspapers and radio Little boys and girls And famous people all over the world Everything is going to be alright Everything is going to be alright So you fell off your horse Two times, maybe three 'Til you get through the hurt You're unable to see That the sky is not falling And the reason I know I don't see heaven when I look up from below Everything is going to be alright Everything is going to be alright
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I'll never be the same Stars have lost their meaning for me I'll never be the same Things aren't what they once used to be And when the song birds that sing Tell me it's spring I can't believe their song Once love was king but kings can be wrong I'll never be the same There is such an ache in my heart I'll never be the same Since we're apart Though there's a lot that a smile may hide I know down deep inside I'll never be the same Never be the same again
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about

"What is Love?" is the new CD release from stunning vocalist, Queen Esther. In this collection of jazz tunes, Queen Esther brings to mind great singers like Sarah Vaughn and Nina Simone but ends up sounding uniquely like Queen Esther. Backed by a stellar band of New York's finest players and produced by Grammy nominated composer, J.C. Hopkins, Queen Esther creates a growling, crooning, and passionately expressive piece of work.

The band consists of Kenyatta Beasley on trumpet, Vincent Chancey on french horn, Hilliard Green on bass, and J. Walter Hawkes on trombone and ukelele. Patience Higgins blows tenor sax, Matt Ray plays piano, and Warren Smith plays drums. This band really cooks and the production from J.C. Hopkins is topnotch. But this is Queen Esther's show and she commands the stage. The first cut, a Hopkins penned tune called Remember When? is an uptempo cool jazz that really showcases Queen Esther's powerful voice. Higgins' sax is the perfect cool complement to Esther's hot vocal.

The title cut, What is Love? is another Hopkins' penned jazz piece. In fact, J.C. Hopkins wrote 7 of the 10 cuts on What is Love? and his work stands up very well against some of the jazz classics that Queen Esther covers here. On What is Love?, Esther's vocal is again right on target and joined nicely by Higgins on sax and Beasley on trumpet. On the classic, I Cover The Waterfront, Queen Esther delivers an amazingly expressive and emotive vocal backed only by Hawkes on ukelele. Her phrasing is impeccable and the result is riveting.

The more I listened to Queen Esther, the more I wanted to listen to Queen Esther. The band is one of the top jazz ensembles around, the songs from Hopkins are deliciously memorable and well written and Queen Esther's performance is an instant classic. She seems to bring her amazing voice from the very core of her soul and owns every song she sings. This is the best jazz album I've heard this year.

-- Don Sechelski, Muse's Muse

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released March 24, 2010

Produced by Queen Esther and JC Hopkins

Queen Esther - vocals
Kenyatta Beasley - trumpet
Vincent Chancey - French horn
Hilliard Greene - bass
J. Walter Hawkes - trombone, ukulele
Patience Higgins - tenor sax
Matt Ray - piano
Warren Smith - drums

Engineered by Jason Candler
Recorded and mixed at The Maid's Room, New York City
Mastered by Fred Kervorkian at Kervorkian Mastering

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