Notes : Thom Jurek writes for CDUniverse : "Though she had been active since the s -- while still a teenager -- vocalist Helen Merrill finally came to prominence in the s through her recordings for EmArcy. By the end of the decade, she was rightfully known as one of the great American jazz singers.
She toured Europe and headlined the Comblain la Tour Jazz Festival in , and lived and worked in Italy for a few years. When she agreed, he assembled a top-flight cast of Italian jazzmen -- some of whom were also composers -- to back her. This set compiles the music from that program. Merrill is backed by either a sextet or quartet. The interplay between her and Illimani and his bands is instinctive. A fingerpopping reading of 'Night and Day' features slippery electric guitar from the great Enzo Grillini, and 'Everything Happens to Me' is one of the finest readings she ever recorded -- in no small part due to Umiliani's ethereal arrangement that includes his celeste playing.
Umiliani's arrangement encourages the singer to leave all sentiment out of her delivery. She does so and replaces it with a brooding noir-ish sense of longing so intense that it implies menace. Nino Culasso's lyric muted trumpet solo underscores that tension.
Umiliani's reputation for finding the poetic in a melody is on full display in 'April in Paris,' framed by his celeste and Tonino Ferrelli's expressive bassline supporting the sublimated desire in Merrill's vocal.
The darkness in her voice had largely gone unnoticed by American producers to that point, but is highlighted here. The last three performances here, 'Solitude,' 'Willow Weep for Me," and "When Your Lover Has Gone,' come from out of the blues to wrap themselves around the words and dig deeply into the grain of the emotions they express. This set is appended by Fernando Cajati reading the lyrics in Italian between each song.
Anglo listeners might initially find this a distraction, but upon repeated listening will find it adds holistically to the feel of the set. On Parole e Musica, the collaboration between Merrill and Umiliani is nothing short of sublime, and it also gives rise to a question: What might they have achieved had they worked together longer? Notes : from CDUniverse liner notes. Not that he plays poorly--he plays well.
But this is Evans at his most haunted and introspective--the sound of a man nearing the end of his own rope. There is a spare, harrowing quality of this album that is hard to ignore--or forget. Not the best place to begin with Evans, but if you're already a fan, this is one to treasure. Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews. Notes : from CDUniverse page for the album : "The first in a series, in which Marsalis re-investigates the jazz standards that many of his generation have, for one reason or another, rejected.
He wails 'Cherokee' while paying tribute to the style and influence of Dizzy Gillespie with a rapid-fire muted sound. His piano playing draws influence from Monk and Bill Evans, and he executes his carefully-chosen notes and phrases with perfect, no-excess flair.
None of this comes off as imitation, but rather shows contemporary players continuing a great tradition. Marsalis uses this album to focus on, and pay tribute to, the standards and styles that formed the foundations for this superior American art form.
Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch. Notes : Tracks on the album were recorded between July and December, in New York and Chicago, the album was released in and nominated for best jazz vocal Grammy in Notes by Scott Yanow on CDUniverse page for the album include: " Kurt Elling covers a wide range of music, continually taking chances and coming up with fresh approaches.
He is assisted by his longtime pianist Laurence Hopgood, different bassists and drummers, and on various tracks trumpeter Orbert Davis and the tenors of Edward Petersen and Eddie Johnson. Among the more memorable selections are Elling's vocalese version of Dexter Gordon's solo on the lengthy 'Tanya Jean,' and his spontaneous storytelling on 'It's Just a Thing' a classic of its kind , some wild scatting on 'Gingerbread Boy,' the fairly free improvising of 'Endless,' and his mostly straightforward renditions of 'Nature Boy,' 'April In Paris' and 'Prelude to a Kiss'.
Notes : Scott Yanow at CDUniverse writes: "A versatile singer with a warm voice and a quietly swinging style, Connie Evingson explores the usually instrumental Gypsy jazz style during this highly enjoyable project.
The strong repertoire, the instrumental colors, and Evingson's voice are three reasons that Gypsy in My Soul is highly recommended. Arranger: R. Notes : " Tierney Sutton claims she had never really encountered Joni Mitchell until she heard the songwriter's album Both Sides Now , a collection mainly comprised of standards.
In she performed four of Mitchell's songs during a performance with the Turtle Island String Quartet; that gig set this project in motion. After Blue is Sutton's first offering that doesn't include her regular band -- its members were involved with other projects at the time. She also shamelessly melds closer "Freeman in Paris" with "April in Paris.
For those accustomed to hearing Sutton re-interpreting standards from the golden era, After Blue retains her trademark gifts of phrasing, restraint, and emotional honesty. But as an album, it is just as remarkable as Herbie Hancock's The Joni Letters in its creative rapprochement of Mitchell's music with the jazz tradition, and reveals Sutton at a vocal and interpretive peak.
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And, in fact, as good as Stordahl was even before he first worked first with Sinatra, it wasn't until he and Frank teamed up in mostly with the Dorsey Band that Stordahl reached his own full potential. Friedwald writes in an article in the liner notes for The Columbia Years that unlike most arrangers, Stordahl personally attended to every arranging assignment himself, especially the ballads.
Everybody knew that Axel was the best for ballads only bringing in help on some of the up tempo numbers help he often got from George Siravo. April In Paris. Written : But seriously, I was pumped to come across this in our collection. It made for a sweet Sunday surprise. Expect to see more reviews of any big band or orchestrated singles that I come across. Check out the original post HERE. This week was pretty packed full, with this storm that his New England yesterday the Ladies of Boston Rock show on Thursday.
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