Pure… Singer/Songwriter is a brave album that showcases strong song writing, sometimes by avoiding the artists most prominent work in lieu of a lesser known piece. Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Lou Reed, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, George Michael and Bruce Hornsby are all represented by one of their better known tracks. However, Bowie, Hall & Oates, Alicia Keys, Nillson and even Sarah Bareilles are represented but obscure tracks. As well as the well known artists this compilation also goes back to includes lesser known artists from the 60s and 70s such as Colin Blunstone, Laura Nyro and Phoebe Snow.
In its day Pure Swing was renowned for showcasing future hits, as well as established artists that had emerged out of the New Jack Swing / Swingbeat scene, from the late eighties in the US. This genre was labelled as the first truly acceptable collaboration between Hip Hop and R&B. The likes of R.Kelly, Jodeci, Soul For Real, Bobby Brown, Brandy, Blackstreet, Aaliyah, Coolio, TLC, The Whitehead Brothers, Mary J Blige, Joe, Wreckx-N-Effects, Adina Howard and Montell Jordan appeared on Pure Swing collections, as they were exploding onto the UK scene. Britain eventually embraced this sound, which spawned many home grown artists, Mark Morrison, Shola Ama, Damage, Wayne Marshall and Beverley Knight, to name but a few.
The sophomore effort from writer and director Greg Pritikin, who previously co-directed and acted in 1998's Totally Confused, Dummy stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Summer of Sam) as Steven, a recently unemployed ne'er-do-well who has difficulty expressing himself. Steven's best friend is Fanny, an aspiring singer played by Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Resident Evil) who, along with Steven, is just looking for her niche. Eventually Fanny takes a shine to Yiddish music and Steven finds he has a knack for ventriloquism. Through his newfound talent, Steven discovers that he is able to overcome his social problems through his dummy and decides to try impressing and winning the heart of Lorena, played by Vera Farmiga (Autumn in New York, 15 Minutes). The winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Santa Barbara Film Festival, Dummy also stars Illeana Douglas and Jared Harris.
2CD's of relaxing New Age, Smooth Jazz, Downtempo music.