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Whose Honey Are You? by Terry Blaine

Terry Blaine is a young, New York born, jazz vocalist who lives in Woodstock with her husband, producer Tom Desisto. In a manner of speaking, her situation parallels that of the late Annette Hanshaw. Annette was also born in New York and married Pathe Record executive, Herman Rose. Her recording career boomed in the 1920s and her final records were made in 1934. However, being married to the producer Annette had her pick of the finest sidemen in the Big Apple including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Lytell, Eddie Lang and a host of others. May I mention that Annette was among may very favorite singers?

Terry Blaine is of far more recent vintage and I have no idea if she twists Tom's arm to handpick among the best traditional jazz accompanists but whatever the situation is, it works. On this CD you'll find pianist Mark Shane, cornetist Ed Polcer, clarinetist Ken Peplowski, bassist Russell George, trombonist Tom Artin, guitarist Frank Vignola and drummer Danny D'Imperio. As an added bonus is reedman Dick Meldonian on four tracks. Add Terry Blaine's fine voice and we wind up with one of the most delicious hot jazz cocktails on record today.

This young woman sings songs of the twenties and thirties with great sensitivity and respect. Included are such gems as Whose Honey Are You (1935), What a Little Moonlight Could Do (1935), There's Honey On The Moon Tonight (1938), Waiting At The End Of The Road (1929). Terry even makes the extra effort to sing the verse on several of the old favorites. Very few singers do this anymore, at least since the days of the late Lee Wiley. I had never heard the verse to "I Cover The Waterfront" and it was a pleasure to hear Terry Blaine do it so beautifully.

The musicians really need little introduction to fans of classic jazz. They handle the session with a firm sense of the singer's mood and treatment of the 14 seldom heard but "time honored tunes". Mark Shane is a fabulous pianist in the vintage genres and excels at the stride style. Mark is a permanent fixture and the duo often tour together.

This is a recommended purchase for all classic jazz collectors. When you obtain your copy, be sure to listen to "Louisiana Fairytale", a wonderful Mitchell Parrish item with solo work by Mark Shane, Ken Peplowski and Ed Polcer. Bravo Terry!

Stay tuned folks because we'll be reviewing Terry's newest album in a few days.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Terry Blaine
  • CD Title: Whose Honey Are You?
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Jukebox Jazz
  • Musicians: Mark Shane (piano), Ed Polcer (trumpet), Ken Peplowski (clt & tenor), Dick Meldonian (clt & tenor), Tom Artin (trombone), Frank Vignola (guitar), Russell George (bass), Danny DImperio (drums)'
  • Rating: Five Stars
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