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Swing and sway the baby way

September 21, 2006|Lynne Heffley

Baby Loves Jazz: Go Baby Go!

Verve Music Group

CD: $9.97; ages 1 to 6

www.babylovesmusic.com

Noted jazz artists -- among them keyboardist John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), soul singer Sharon Jones of the Dap Kings and trumpeter Steven Bernstein, leader of experimental jazz band Sex Mob -- add sizzle and funk to familiar nursery rhymes in this effervescent treat of an album. With additional tracks that highlight various jazz instruments, it's the first release in a "Baby Loves Music" series of CDs created by Andy Blackman Hurwitz. The CDs will be released in conjunction with companion children's books published by Price Stern Sloan.

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Suddenly Summer!

Thunderbunny Music

CD: $14.95; ages 4 to 9

www.dannabanana.com

With his humorous dad vibe and bouncy pop, rock and jazz rhythms, Danna Banana ("Daddy-O") celebrates the pleasures of the season. Listeners can reminisce about the 4th of July, baseball, learning to ride a two-wheeler, a trip to the beach and "Doin' Nothin' " at all. Highlights include the joyous title track ("Now I'm free, look at me! I can tickle tickle toes in the bay, ride my bike or do what I like"); "Three Small Steps," where life is never dull; a wistful lullaby ("Summer Somewhere"); and "Run Around," playfully recognizing those times when a little kid just can't sit still ("I can be real quiet, like you want me to ... but -- all I want to do is run around!").

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