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Blues in the Night by Ann Hampton Callaway

Haunting, scintillating, infectious Blues In the Night shows off Ann Hampton Callaway’s perfect pitch and three octave range vocals, along with her ability to master the difficult changes going from a soft Cole Porter song to a luscious Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart tune. In between, Ann sings those songs she penned and produced, swinging, scatting and belting out lyrics with projection reserved for the highest caliber professional. Known as the ‘singer who stills the room,’ Callaway has performed for President Clinton and at the Carnegie Hall tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Harold Arlen. She was invited as a guest performer for former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway also performed on Broadway with her sister Liz Callaway in their award winning show, Sibling Revelry. Opening with a song written by Callaway, "Swingin’ Away The Blues" is a hard-hitting, upbeat song commanding the listener’s attention. A big band sound backs her vocals on "Swingin’ Away The Blues."

Callaway’s throaty voice and strong projection fire up as she swings through "Blue Moon," stretching even the most difficult notes, making this song sound brand new, even to the experienced listener. A stormy, heated sax solo by Anat Cohen highlights the bridge, keeping this song steamy all the way through.

"Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" is an easygoing, lingering melody. Smooth lyrics show off Callaway’s crystal clear voice. Jami Dauber gently backs vocals with a soft trumpet segue before Cohen hits a spicy sprint on tenor sax. Joined by Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, Callaway peps up the tempo for her version of "Lover Come Back To Me," including scathing scat.

Renowned bassist, Christian McBride, provides an earthy opening to "Stormy Weather/When The Sun Comes Out." With her spectacular outpouring, Callaway is joined by sister, Liz Callaway, creating a dynamic duo, that takes this song to the ‘inth;’ Sultry, bluesy, blowing the lid off this tune.

Beyond blue. Beyond scat. Callaway swings out with her own tune, "I’m Too White-To- Sing-The Blues Blues." Oh, this is different, alright. Peppy. Bluesy. Haughty. Right-in-the-pocket. This brilliant lady gives her audience everything and more. Switching from a fever pitch to the slower "Willow Weep for Me," with Ted Rosenthal gently leading on piano. Each note is precise. Each word is clear and heartfelt. The famed Lewis Nash drives a slow beat and smooth brush on drums as McBride provides a deep bass bridge between fiery lyrics. Rosenthal continues his magic on keyboard.

In line with her personality, Callaway sings her own song, "Hip To Be Happy," a Broadway sounding tune full of life, hope and attitude.

Sentimental, wistful, yearning, Callaway sings "It’s All Right With Me," with all the passion intended for this Cole Porter song. Perfectly blended piano, bass and drums give even more depth as Callaway again stretches each note.

The title track, "Blues In The Night" is robust and full of deep, gutsy rhythm known well to those who have experienced the long, lonely, aching blues in the middle of the night. Callaway closes with a romping "That’s The Glory of Love." David Gilmore leads with guitar before being joined by Callaway in an upbeat serenade.

This album is solid, tight, full of twists and turns, swing and scat.

Ann Hampton Callaway is a favorite on the jazz and pop concert circuit. She has appeared with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed in the Carnegie Hall tributes to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Harold Arlen. Ann’s sister, Broadway star, Liz Callaway, adds a special flair to the duets done on Blues In The Night.

This is a special album. Ann Hampton Callaway is a special vocalist.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Ann Hampton Callaway
  • CD Title: Blues in the Night
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Telarc
  • Tracks: 1. Swingin Away the Blues 2. Blue Moon 3. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most 4. Lover Come Back to Me 5. Stormy Weather/When the Sun Comes Out 6. I'm-Too-White-To-Sing-The-Blues Blues 7. Willow Weep for Me 8. Hip to Be Happy 9. It's All Right with Me 10. No One Is Alone 11. Blues in the Night 12. Glory of Love '
  • Musicians: Ann Hampton Callaway (vocals), Ted Rosenthal (piano), Christian McBride (bass), Lewis Nash (drums). Special guests: Liz Callaway (vocals), David Gilmore (guitar), and Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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