Susan Lozinak - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection - jazzreview.com - Your Jazz Music Connection http://www.jazzreview.com Mon, 22 May 2017 10:57:20 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Surrender by Jane Monheit http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/surrender-by-jane-monheit.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/surrender-by-jane-monheit.html Surrender by Jane Monheit
Grammy nominated songstress, Jane Monheit, returns with her seventh CD chock full of romantic ballads. Surrender is Monheit’s first with Concord Records and is produ…
Grammy nominated songstress, Jane Monheit, returns with her seventh CD chock full of romantic ballads. Surrender is Monheit’s first with Concord Records and is produced by Jorge Callandrelli who has produced for such greats as Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, and Barbra Streisand. A singing sensation at just 29 years of age, Monheit, with smooth as velvet vocals, is clearly a force to be reckoned with in this genre of music.

With Surrender, Monheit’s passionate tone and articulation enchants on 10 beautifully produced and orchestrated ballads. On "If You Went Away" Monheit’s ultra smooth and sexy style captures the mood perfectly and is enhanced by a nice saxophone solo by Ari Ambrose. The mood continues with "Surrender", the title track, and features a beautiful guitar solo by Miles Okazaki.

Continuing on with the romantic theme of Surrender is a duet with Ivan Lins on "Rio De Maio." The great Sergio Mendes accompanies on the piano on the track "So Many Stars" where Monheit radiates with her impressive pitch. On Henry Mancini’s "Moon River" Monheit’s voice is bathed in romance as the backing strings perfectly mesh as if they are one, creating a breathtakingly beautiful moment. Stevie Wonder’s ‘Overjoyed" is performed lovingly here as Monheit once again takes a classic to new levels. "A Time For Love" with its lush orchestrations is nothing short of bliss. Monheit’s stunning resonance is a match made in heaven with the accompanying strings and woodwinds.

The remaining tracks on Surrender, "Like A Lover", "Só Tinha De Ser Com Vocé", and "Caminhos Cruzados" with Toots Thieleman, as well as the first rate musicians on this CD, are all superb. Monheit has proven she has the musical chops in this genre, surely she is destined for a brilliant career evocative of legends the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Wed, 18 Apr 2007 13:00:00 -0500
Love Letters From Ella by Ella Fitzgerald http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/love-letters-from-ella-by-ella-fitzgerald.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/love-letters-from-ella-by-ella-fitzgerald.html Ella Fitzgerald may be gone, but thankfully "The First Lady Of Song" lives on in her music. So what a treat it is to listen to this collection of never before released reco…
Ella Fitzgerald may be gone, but thankfully "The First Lady Of Song" lives on in her music. So what a treat it is to listen to this collection of never before released recordings from later in her long career just in time to commemorate her 90th birthday. This project is co-released by Starbucks Entertainment (yes, the coffee people) and Concord Records. Entitled Love Letters From Ella, this CD contains ten gorgeous love songs with collaborations from Count Basie and his Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, guitarist Joe Pass and pianist André Previn.

From the first track right on to the last this collection of love songs brings Ella back to life. "Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone" swings with Count Basie and his Orchestra to start things off with a bang. Ella’s sultry vocals take hold with passion and romance and never lets go. "Cry Me A River" with accompaniment from The London Symphony Orchestra and arranged by Grammy nominee, Jorge Calandrelli continues the theme with style and class. With such classics as "You Turned The Tables On Me" and "I’ve Got The World On A String" with The London Symphony Orchestra and Joe Pass or the very cool and jazzy "Witchcraft," with its contagious toe tapping beat and velvety vocals, there’s surely a song for everyone.

Love Letters From Ella continues with the beautiful "My Old Flame" featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and Scott Hamilton. There’s more romance with "Take Love Easy" once again with the London Symphony Orchestra and a collaboration with Joe Pass. Also included on this enchanting collection is "The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)" featuring Joe Pass, and "Take Love Easy" which effortlessly showcases Ella’s sultry breathiness accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra and Joe Pass. Stunning. Love Letters From Ella culminates with "Our Love Is Here To Stay" with André Previn and Niels-Henning Orstead Pedersen and "Some Other Spring" with Count Basie and his Orchestra, finishing as it began with passion, romance and love.

Love Letters From Ella brings Ella Fitzgerald back to life as she serenades us once again with classics sung as only "The First Lady Of Song" can sing them.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Sat, 31 Mar 2007 13:00:00 -0500
Desire by Blake Aaron http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/desire-by-blake-aaron.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/desire-by-blake-aaron.html Smooth jazz guitarist Blake Aaron is back with his third CD Desire and for anyone familiar with his music, it was well worth the wait. This collection of mostly orig…
Smooth jazz guitarist Blake Aaron is back with his third CD Desire and for anyone familiar with his music, it was well worth the wait. This collection of mostly original music captivates the senses from the first note and never lets go. Aaron’s love for jazz is apparent in everything he does and Desire is no exception.

Aaron, who got his start as a kid playing rock music on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has toured with groups such as The Drifters, The Coasters, Little Anthony and more. Additionally, he has also been a guitarist for television shows including Mad TV, The Ben Stiller Show, Sunday Night Comics and The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, just to name a few.

Desire heats things up with the first memorable note as Aaron lets loose on "Bumpin’ On The Wes Side," which is dedicated to the genius of Wes Montgomery and is one 13 original compositions on this 15 track CD. Aaron’s engaging riffs waft through the air, light as a summer's breeze. It’s soft in its easy to listen to quality, yet exhilarating in its passion and fine musicianship. Aaron pours his heart into another masterfully composed melody dedicated this time to the genius of Thelonious Monk and Grover Washington Jr., aptly titled "Harmonious Funk."

"Will It Go ‘Round In Circles," written by Billy Preston, is one of two tracks not written by Aaron on Desire. He does, however, make it his own with his impeccable guitar. Mike Whittaker on piano and organ is superb as is Jeff Coffin’s sassy saxophone. Aaron’s take of the haunting Sting classic "Fragile" is truly inspired. There’s a definite Latin flair to Aaron’s playing and the backing horns section comprised of Will Donato on saxophones, Sal Cracchiolo on trumpet and Eric Jorgensen on trombone punch up this famous ballad, yet clearly done so as not to take away from its original beauty. Not an easy thing to do while keeping the integrity of the original intact.

The title track "Desire" highlights Aaron’s skill with his instrument as it mingles sensually with Guerrero’s muted trumpet, which is hauntingly beautiful here. T.J. Gibson provides soulful vocals on "Forever," a timeless love song with Alan Hewitt providing his expertise on keyboards and programming as well. Switching it up is the hip and bluesy "Baby Likes The Blues." This tune starts off rocking and keeps that rhythm right through to the last magnificent note. Aaron downright rocks as does Mike Todd on saxophones. "Spin Zone" closes out this extraordinary collection of music with a bang. It’s upbeat, edgy and full of life with Aaron’s exuberance leading the way and a horn section that really knows how to set the groove.

Desire is unquestionably one of the standout smooth jazz CD’s of the year, three years in the making.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Thu, 22 Mar 2007 19:00:00 -0500
Soul Eyes by Maria Guida http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/soul-eyes-by-maria-guida.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/soul-eyes-by-maria-guida.html When Maria Guida sings the standards, it’s readily apparent that the passion this songstress has for this genre of music is strong and heartfelt. Guida’s velvet vocals on e…
When Maria Guida sings the standards, it’s readily apparent that the passion this songstress has for this genre of music is strong and heartfelt. Guida’s velvet vocals on each of the classic tracks on Soul Eyes, her debut recording, are exquisite showing a depth of emotion as if these arrangements were written just for her.

Guida, along with her talented quartet, perform 12 standards from the American songbook on Soul Eyes. "How Little We Know" is the first track and sets the mood for a romantic and soulful experience. Next, Guida shows she can scat, and with lots of passion on John Coltrane’s "Bessie’s Blues." This is a definite finger-snapping, toe tapping offering and with the superb piano of James Weidman and drums by Tony Moreno, would surely make Coltrane smile.

Guida sings the title track, "Soul Eyes" by Mal Waldron with pure love and an intense passion for her craft. Ron Horton's flugelhorn blends beautifully with Guida's silky vocals for a memorable version of this arrangement. Rogers and Harts' "Spring Is Here" is reborn as Guida breathes new life into this classic along with Dean Johnson providing a lovely bass solo. "No Moon At All" by David Mann shows more of Guida’s impressive range. Her smooth vocals glide through this song leading to some sensational scatting, and along with her excellent quartet make this one of the highlights on this classy CD. Another standout, and with more of Guidas’ awesome scatting is "Four" by the legendary Miles Davis. In addition to these songs, the remainder of the 12 tracks on Soul Eyes including "The Way You Look Tonight," "Let’s Get Lost," "The Night We Called It A day," and more comprise almost one hour of pure style and emotion that is heartfelt and inspired.

Soul Eyes is a real treat for the ears. Maria Guida knows how to sing a standard and does so with an apparent understanding, lots of emotion and undeniable esteem for these wonderful standards.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Sat, 03 Mar 2007 12:00:00 -0600
R&R by Marcus H Mitchell http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/rr-by-marcus-h-mitchell.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/rr-by-marcus-h-mitchell.html One listen to R&R, the latest CD set to be released June 19th by young saxophonist Marcus H. Mitchell, is guaranteed to get your attention. The title may say rest an…
One listen to R&R, the latest CD set to be released June 19th by young saxophonist Marcus H. Mitchell, is guaranteed to get your attention. The title may say rest and relaxation, but this music is sure to get you moving, at least a little. Mitchell has created a wonderful mix of smooth jazz, soft vocals and urban funk that is not only innovative and current, but soulful and ageless as well. Featured on this CD is the great Jeff Lorber, who lends his talents to the track "Saturday Night."

Mitchell may only be 23 years old, but he plays like a seasoned veteran who has been on the jazz scene for years. He released his debut CD Jumpin’ in 2005 under his own label 24th Music. Mitchell is a true work horse who has shared the stage with such greats as Peter White, Kim Waters, Destiny’s Child, The Rippingtons and Paul Taylor, to name a few.

R&R starts off big with "Saturday Night," which features a superb piano solo from Jeff Lorber. This tune creates a smooth, yet lively mix as the drums, bass and guitar are all in perfect company with Mitchell’s sexy and sassy alto saxophone playing. "Summer Breeze" calms with mellow vocals provided by Yvette Thomas. Getting a little urban is the funky "Diamond In The Ruff," which captures Mitchell spicing it up to perfection on tenor saxophone. "Deep Concentration" slows it down a notch with some nice rhythmic drumming from Derrek Freeman to compliment Mitchell’s tenor saxophone.

The title track "R&R" evokes just that, rest and relaxation. This is nice and mellow, but very vibrant in its quality. Listen for Ronald Finney’s fine bass playing on this and also a nice guitar solo from Beau Tally. Mitchell, again on tenor sax, paints a tranquil scene worthy of this tracks name. Cranking it up is "Groove Lounge," where all that’s needed is Mitchell’s funky saxophone and some drum and keyboard programming to get that groove going. This song has a catchy melody highlighted by superb programming from M. Anthony Hemmings. "Makin’ Moves" takes off where "Groove Lounge" left off. It’s funky, hip and fun.

Blackbuddafly is featured on "When We First Met." For that soulful mix of vocals and sultry music which perfectly compliments the lyrics, this song is it. Next is "Outstanding," with vocals this time from Tara Aldridge. Mitchell’s alto sax is sweet, blending lusty notes with sexy lyrics; "ooh you knock me out" and "you blow my mind." "SharpShooter" is yet another shining example of Mitchell’s prowess with his instrument. His tone and style are impeccable throughout this excellent CD. And, ending things is "Just Groovin’," a fun tune that builds up to a fun finish which will surely be remembered.

R&R has lots going on with its incomparable musicianship, sexy vocals, smooth and funky vibes and all with an urban feel to it that will definitely capture your attention. A must have CD that will please even the pickiest jazz aficionado.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Wed, 14 Feb 2007 12:00:00 -0600
Groovetree by Lin Rountree http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/groovetree-by-lin-rountree.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/contemporary-jazz-cd-reviews/groovetree-by-lin-rountree.html When jazz trumpeter Lin Rountree blows his trumpet and flugelhorn the layers of soulful grooves wafting through the air will instantly captivate and excite. Groovetree
When jazz trumpeter Lin Rountree blows his trumpet and flugelhorn the layers of soulful grooves wafting through the air will instantly captivate and excite. Groovetree, Rountree's debut project brings such depth of tone and character to his music that it’s almost hard to believe this is a debut CD. Rountree comes from the Detroit jazz scene and brings his brand of R&B, soul, funk and ambient style for all to fall in love with.

Groovetree’s driving force is the superb quality that Rountree brings to his trumpet and fluglehorn playing. The first track, "For Your Love," features guest guitarist Tim Bowman, and along with Rountree on flugelhorn this one creates sensual rhythms throughout. Rountree’s muted trumpet/flugelhorn on "Everyday" is soulful and urban, effectively producing a mood of sensuality with soft grooves and even softer ambiance. "Into The Night" continues the mood as Rountree blows sweet notes of seduction through his trumpet and flugelhorn.

The title track, "Groovetree" highlights Rountree’s funky side through muted trumpet. This one is alive with energy as the band grooves with Rountree to produce a tune that is very dance worthy. The only vocal track on the CD, "The Message" is sung beautifully by Leslie Nelson. You can almost feel the passion dripping from Nelson's voice on this soulful tune.

For the perfect mix of groove and funk crank up "Bio-Funk" and prepare to be blown away. Rountree once again shows his considerable chops and range on the trumpet and flugelhorn. Next up, "Villicious" is simply delicious. Along with Rountree’s muted horn is Brandon Williams on keyboards producing a soothing and sensual atmosphere much like a soft summer breeze as it genly washes over you. Switching things up again is "Candie." This track is lively, bright and full of rhythm with jazzy bass grooves capably performed by Al Turner. The tone remains up-tempo with "Akiré" as Rountree once again brings his muted trumpet and flugelhorn to the forefront injecting his talents into our hearts and minds. Lastly, "Lullaby For Renarta" will soothe as it brings a sense of calmness and tenderness. Rountree on flugelhorn and Tony Gordon on Keyboards is all that’s needed to produce this beautiful ballad.

With this debut CD, Rountree not only performs fabulous grooves, but he wrote or co-wrote all of the songs as well. Rountree's gift for sexy, soulful and exquisitely expressive tones proves he’s here to stay and one can only hope he graces our hearts and ears with his next project sooner rather than later. Groovetree is sure to be on the top shelf of many a jazz lovers collection.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Contemporary Jazz - CD Reviews Sat, 27 Jan 2007 06:00:00 -0600
Will Call by Will Donato http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/will-call-by-will-donato.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/smooth-jazz-cd-reviews/will-call-by-will-donato.html Will Call, the sensational follow up to saxophonist Will Donato's Will Power, starts big and grows from there. Donato is no stranger to the music scene and …
Will Call, the sensational follow up to saxophonist Will Donato's Will Power, starts big and grows from there. Donato is no stranger to the music scene and has worked with many talented artists in the industry over the years such as Gregg Karukas, Tony Guerrero, Steve Reid, Al Mckay, Blake Aaron, Steve Oliver, Rogerio Jardim (the latter three all appear on this CD) and many others. Donato has also contributed his talents to movie soundtracks. Thelma and Louise, The Untouchables and The Wedding Planner all feature his work.

This latest CD from saxophonist Donato's has it all. The music on Will Call is inspired, fun, saucy and sexy. Donato makes switching between R&B, funk, high energy Latin or smooth ballads seem effortless. And indeed it is as this CD covers all these musical genres, so whether it's an upbeat, funky rhythm or a brilliantly composed ballad, you'll find nothing choppy or out of place on Will Call.

Will Call starts off with the Latin infused "Tropica," featuring Donato on soprano sax and showcases some fine keyboarding and drums from Jardim. The title track "Will Call," with Donato on soprano sax, once again is sexy, but with the perfect touch of sassiness from Aaron's fine guitar work. Salo Loyo on keyboards provides great vibes on this as well. Then there's some terrific R&B with "More Sway," which features awesome tenor sax work from Donato, cool drumming and vocals from Jardim ties it all together.

"Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," the fantastic Dramatics tune, is performed wonderfully by Donato on fluid tenor sax. This is a wonderful cover, featuring Steve Maddio on trumpet. "Highway 111" takes a turn to a mellower vibe, once again featuring Aaron on guitar. Tom Zink on keyboards and some fun congas from Jim Fitzgerald create a nice ride. Donato's tenor sax on "Wanting" is super sexy. Listen for the flute, which Donato also plays on this one. Nice. This is a great tune with a great energy to it. Slowing it down is the enchanting "Speak My Heart." Pull that someone up close and dance to this one. Zink has a fine keyboard solo, a bit reminiscent of Bruce Hornsby. Also featured is nice playing from Mick Linden on the fretless bass.

Another great cover, "I'll Be Around" is performed beautifully by Donato on alto sax and once again featuring great vocals and drums from Jardim. "Morning.Noon.Night." written by Jardim, is very funky, very energetic and just plain fun. The synth provided by Loyo ties it all together and keeps the mood going all the way through. Rounding out Will Call, is Chick Corea's "Crystal Silence," which Donato puts his signature touches to. His smooth tenor sax is moody and nothing short of sensational.

Will Call is a must have for any smooth jazz lover. Whether it' smooth jazz, R&B, funk or a tender, soothing to the senses ballad, you'll find it all right here. Will Call covers a great mix of genres and ties them all together, creating a perfectly blended and skillfully executed CD that is sure to be played over and over.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Smooth Jazz - CD Reviews Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:00:00 -0600
Richard Hart Quartet by Richard Hart http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/fusion-cd-reviews/richard-hart-quartet-by-richard-hart.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/fusion-cd-reviews/richard-hart-quartet-by-richard-hart.html Richard Hart, veteran jazz guitarist, incorporates highly dynamic and innovative grooves for his latest studio album Fearless Shores. Hart’s musical style is diverse…
Richard Hart, veteran jazz guitarist, incorporates highly dynamic and innovative grooves for his latest studio album Fearless Shores. Hart’s musical style is diverse, from smooth to funky to bluesy, it all exquisitely sets the tone for some very hot vibes. This latest project by The Richard Hart Quartet is no exception and assuredly it will not disappoint. Hart, along with Ron Munn, Dorothy Soto and Mark Winkel, gives us Fearless Shores, which fearlessly crosses many genres of jazz producing a riveting interaction between musician and instrument for jazz fusion at its best.

Fearless Shores starts off with the dynamic "R & R," a jazzy piece with lush horns and vibrant guitar riffs blended with smooth percussions. A bluesy track, "Getzmondes" appeases the ear with plenty of smooth drum rolls and harmonious sax leading into Hart’s guitar which radiates with soul. The title track, "Fearless Shores," is upbeat and very danceable with super sax and bass lines giving this a lively south of the border appeal.

Slowing the rhythm down a notch is "Bimjo" with more Latin vibes, saucy maracas and laid back drumming. "Can’t Pass You By" is dominated by Munn’s elegant sax, soft brushed drumming and tranquil guitar from Hart. If this is the definition of soothing, then the next track defines funk and bop. And "Hop Skip N’ A Jump" does just that with ultra lively guitar riffs and white-hot sax mingled with funky drumbeats. Moving into more funk is the catchy "Groove On "G" Street," this time with a more contemporary feel to it. The playful guitar riffs and accompanying sax is meant to get you up and dancing. "Promise Fulfilled" is smooth, but full of life with spirited sax, lively guitar and a cheery tambourine throughout. The boppy "This Be It" ends Fearless Shores with more great contagious rhythms that have that get up and dance beat. From the first catchy note to the last, all the elements are here to keep you on your feet.

With Fearless Shores, The Richard Hart Quartet delivers thoroughly enjoyable jazz compositions, which effortlessly cross many genres. Its nine tracks, all written and arranged by Hart are seamless in their alternation between smooth jazz, funk, blues, pop and bop. Fearless Shores is fearless in its mission to deliver great jazz and it's destined to make waves in the jazz world for a long time.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Fusion - CD Reviews Mon, 08 Jan 2007 12:00:00 -0600
Solstice by Slim Man http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/solstice-by-slim-man.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/solstice-by-slim-man.html Solstice, the sexy new CD from Slim Man delivers with original material from this exceedingly talented singer/songwriter. Slim Man’s custom bass and sultry vocals ma…
Solstice, the sexy new CD from Slim Man delivers with original material from this exceedingly talented singer/songwriter. Slim Man’s custom bass and sultry vocals make for a potent and hypnotic combination. Add to that the beautiful Spanish guitar of guest artist Marc Antoine and you are under their spell.

Solstice features nine original songs and two covers which Slim Man, along with his very able band, express with a great deal of feeling. The cover of "If I Were A Carpenter" is nothing short of stunning. Slim Man’s sexy vocals breath new life into this classic by Tim Hardin. "Wouldn’t It Be Good," written by Nik Kershaw is equally lovely and features a nice bass solo from Geoff Hazelrigg.

The remainder of the music on Solstice is original material, all of which captures the essence of romance with "Amore" being a perfect example of this. Slim Man, his vocals dripping with sensuality, and Antoine’s ultra hot, sexy guitar will ignite a passion in your soul. "Everytime It Rains" a stirring and passionate ballad couldn’t be more poignant if it wanted to be. A song that was written for Angela Bofill’s debut CD by Slim Man, "Summer’s Almost Gone," is included here as it reminisces a perfect summer drawing to a close, fading into the sunset.

Some fine muted trumpet from Matt Cappy greets you on "Listen To The Wind." Slim Man’s hot vocals make for a sexy duo with Cappy’s trumpet. Melanie Hazelrigg’s appealing backing vocals on "Face The Truth" are soft, sultry and in perfect combination with that of Slim Man.

Solstice creates the perfect backdrop for romance, as the sun sinks below the horizon with that special someone, or to just plain chill out. Slim Man delivers an emotionally charged collection of infinitely romantic compositions and sultry vocals effortlessly blending with the sensual Latin guitar of guest artist Marc Antoine.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Sun, 07 Jan 2007 12:00:00 -0600
Summer Me, Winter Me by Jan Eisen http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/summer-me-winter-me-by-jan-eisen.html http://www.jazzreview.com/cd-reviews/jazz-vocals-cd-reviews/summer-me-winter-me-by-jan-eisen.html Summer Me, Winter Me by Jan Eisen
Jazz Songstress Jan Eisen, with her latest release Summer Me, Winter Me, has created the quintessential jazz experience. This dynamic CD was recorded, according to E…
Jazz Songstress Jan Eisen, with her latest release Summer Me, Winter Me, has created the quintessential jazz experience. This dynamic CD was recorded, according to Eisen, "the old fashioned way, live." There are no headphones, separate booths or overdubbing here. This is jazz, as jazz was meant to be heard and played, raw and spontaneous, in a small jazz club tucked away on a bustling city street.

Eisen, along with her accomplished quartet, and including special guest Alex Acuña on percussion, brilliantly create a spellbinding jazz experience like no other. Summer Me, Winter Me showcases Eisen’s sultry yet strong vocals on 15 timeless songs from the American Songbook. Greats like Hoagy Carmichael’s "Skylark," to the Gershwin’s "Isn’t It A Pity" and Lorenzo Hart and Richard Rogers "With A Song In My Heart" to the title track, "Summer Me, Winter Me" by Michel LeGrand and Marilyn & Alan Bergman, are all respectfully represented here by the incomparable Eisen.

While these may be some of the more popular standards one might hear from the American Songbook, many are perhaps not as well known, but Eisen with her compelling delivery, gives such gems as, "Papa Can You Hear Me," "Deep Purple," "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" to "Lullaby Of Leaves" and "Deed I Do," a new life. Each one done with such relish and a simple beauty that captures their true essence, while at the same time, putting her own mark on them.

Summer Me, Winter Me is a magical experience, which is usually only felt in the intimacy of a jazz club. And Eisen has captured that feeling with raw emotion, vibrant energy and such pure chemistry with her band, that to listen to this beautifully engineered CD is to be in "the best seat in the house."

Summer Me, Winter Me radiates as songstress Eisen puts her smokey voice to these 15 standards. If what you’ve been searching for is pure jazz unencumbered by re-recordings, overdubbing, or any other "bells and whistles," then this is for you. Summer Me, Winter Me is live jazz, right in your living room.

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morrice.blackwell@gmail.com (Susan Lozinak) Jazz Vocals - CD Reviews Mon, 07 Aug 2006 01:00:00 -0500