I first heard Annie Sellick several years ago in a Nashville jazz club. She blew me away as she grabbed the words from the page and made them her own. Very few vocalists can harness the spirit of the song and make it come to life. Annie Sellick is special. On stage, she combines the mature sound of a "hundred year old spirit" with the spunk of a young buck sporting a "deal with me" attitude.
Recording live makes for "music without do overs.". The artist puts her neck on the line. The experience can be a kin to running with scissors. Performed and recorded well, a "live" recording can capture the artist’s personality and spirit both pure and unfiltered. A Little Piece of Heaven - An Evening with Annie Sellick catches the essence of Ms. Sellick’s artistry!
Annie Sellick delivers every song as if written just for her. Collaborating with Shelly Berg on many of the arrangements, Ms. Sellick effortlessly "lives the lyrics." Whether the tune is the straight ahead standard, "As Long As I Live" a sultry ballad "Baby Don't Quit Now" or a juke joint stomp like, "Soulful Dress," the listener will be quickly engulfed in the story of the song.
Recorded at The Vic in Santa Monica, CA, George Klabin has harnessed the purity of the evening which is truly "A Little Piece of Heaven." This CD is a great example of what you will hear when you catch Annie Sellick performing live (something you need to do right away).
Her accompanists support her well. They are also captured with that "being in the club" sound. The solo and ensemble playing has elevated the evening. Well rehearsed but with room to breath. Nice.
Annie Sellick, thanks for sharing your "Little Piece of Heaven." I hope you have enough slices to share with the jazz world. You will need a large tray.
Bruce Pulver, October, 2005