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Don't Move by Natasha Miller

Singer Natasha Miller and songwriter Bobby Sharp continue their unique collaboration on Miller’s latest CD Don’t’ Move. The album is made up of 11 Sharp tunes, some recorded for the first time here. Don’t Move follows Miller’s 2004 I Had A Feelin’, her first collection of Sharp songs.

Sharp is best known for penning the Ray Charles hit "Unchain My Heart." Much of his music, however, went unheard over the next three decades until fate brought him together with Miller. Sharp heard her giving an interview on KCSM radio in San Francisco and felt a connection with the singer and sent her his songs. Miller recognized what she had received. She soon presented a concert of Sharp’s music and then began recording his "lost" songs.

In young Miller, Sharp has found his musical muse. In the elder Sharp, Miller has found a treasure chest of original material that could be standards. The CD opens with the title track and the lines, "Don’t move, just stand right there/ With the moonlight in your hair."

Nine musicians are featured on the CD, with horns and strings augmenting Miller’s jazz combo. "Don’t Move" has the vibe of a big band, with Miller’s easy vocals accompanied by the full and infectious sounds of the large ensemble. Miller is a subtle singer with a youthful voice who avoids unnecessary vocal acrobatics and ego-inflating theatrics. Her style serves to showcase the songs.

Highlights on the CD include "Stolen Love (On Highway 99)," a tale of a no-good boyfriend who runs off with the singer’s best friend. The band’s energy and Miller’s strong vocals make the song fun and not campy. That leads into the dramatic ballad "Snow Covers The Valley," which could be mistaken for an old traditional. "Don’t Set Me Free" is a good, soulful romp that follows in the tradition of Ray Charles. And "As The Years Come And Go" is a touching duet between Miller and Sharp.

Miller called upon several arrangers - Bill Bell, Larry Dunlap and Ellen Hoffman - to work on the CD. It’s a shame that some of these songs weren’t heard before this, but they are in good hands with Miller.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Natasha Miller
  • CD Title: Don't Move
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Poignant Records
  • Tracks: Don’t Move, You Don’t Have To Learn (How To Sing The Blues), Stolen Love (On Highway 99), Snow Covers The Valley, Once More, Prisoner Of The Blues, Don’t Set Me Free, Bye Bye Bayou, At Midnight, As The Years Come And Go, Doin’ The Impossible
  • Musicians: Natasha Miller (vocals, violin), Josh Nelson (piano), John Shifflet (bass), Tim Bulkley (drums), Rob Roth (sax), Jeff Lewis (trumpet, flugelhorn), Adam Theis (trombone), Emil Miland (cello), Liz Prior Runnicles (viola) and Bobby Sharp (vocals)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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