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Little Red Robin by Mary Ellen Spann

Little Red Robin is the third CD by Mary Ellen Spann, a Dallas-based singer and songwriter.

The recording brings together 10 songs from the past and Spann’s original "Guess I Lost Me For Awhile."

While Spann may not have the most distinctive voice, it is very pleasant, and she gracefully keeps songs swinging. She’s a throwback of sorts, a pop singer with a simple yet sunny way with a song. The CD highlights Spann’s smooth, golden tones.

Her previous album, "Heart Soar," contained mostly original work. This new CD is centered around a selection of well-known tunes, including "Willow Weep For Me," "I Cover the Waterfront," "What A Little Moonlight Can Do," and "Tea For Two." Much of the material has a playful bounce.

Spann has assembled a team of Texas-based musicians to provide support. They include Joe Lee on guitar; Lee Tomboulian, piano and accordion; Dan Wojciechowski, drums; Wayne Delano, saxophone; Noel Johnston, guitar; and Joel Fountain, drums.

"Little Red Robin" is on Spann’s indie label "China Alley Records." It marks her first time as a sole producer.

The CD fits better under the "adult contemporary" category than it does hard-core jazz.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mary Ellen Spann
  • CD Title: Little Red Robin
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: China Alley Records
  • Tracks: Hallelujah! I Love Him So, What A Little Moonlight Can Do, When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along, They Were You, Willow Weep For Me, Tea For Two, Show Me, Guess I Lost Me For Awhile, Travelin Light
  • Musicians: Mary Ellen Spann (vocals), James Driscoll (bass), Noel Johnston (guitar), Joel Fountain (drums), Lee Tomboulian(piano and accordion), Wayne Delano (saxophone and flute), Joe Lee (guitar), George Anderson(bass), Dan Wojciechowski (drums), Lou Harlas (bass), and Milo Deering (violin)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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