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Out Of Nowhere by Bobbe Norris

I guess all males remember that favorite jazz bar they frequented in their younger days. A solitary blue floodlight illuminated a beautiful young jazz singer leaning against a piano. When she sang a sultry version of My Old Flame, you firmly believed that she was singing just for you. Bobbe Norris has that remarkable quality and a genuine stage presence that lets you know that "This is for you."

Bobbe made her first record in 1966 and it's now a highly valued collector's item. A show business veteran, she has appeared with Bob Goulet, Ed Sullivan, Buddy Rich, Mike Douglas and Johnny Carson. By the latter part of the sixties, rock was in full swing and Bobbe's style fell from favor. She reluctantly left New York after eight years and returned to San Francisco disenchanted with the music business.

Through the next decade, she appeared occasionally until meeting pianist Larry Dunlap who was truly impressed with her ability and a team was born. Larry and Bobbe have now been musical and marital partners for almost 20 years.

The new CD, "Out Of Nowhere" shows the result of a chance meeting. Bobbe has that really smoky quality that comes with maturity and a genuine love of good material. Larry Dunlap is an exceptional pianist and senses his partner's mood perfectly. We are treated to fourteen fine tunes including Out of Nowhere, Star Eyes, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, It's You Or No One, and the beautiful Love Turns Winter To Spring. The latter song features Noel Jewkes on flute and Larry performs a vocal duet with his wife.

The venerable Mark Murphy joins in duet performance with Bobbe on "Invitation". Great!!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Bobbe Norris
  • CD Title: Out Of Nowhere
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Four Directions Records
  • Musicians: Bobbe Norris - vocals, Larry Dunlap - piano, Noel Jewkes - flute/alto/tenor/clarinet, Jeff Cressman - trombone, Eddie Marshall - drums, John Wiitala - bass, Frank Tusa - bass (track 3), Special Guest Mark Murphy - vocal (track 3).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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