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Lisa Rich – High Wire

Lisa Rich was one of the most promising jazz singers of the 1980s. Blessed with a very attractive voice, she performed in a wide variety of often-prestigious settings during a 15 year period. She made her recording debut with her album Listen Here in 1983 and was featured at a Pops concert in 1985 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Lisa recorded Touch Of The Rare with Clare Fischer in 1985.… Read...

Gretje Angell – In Any Key...

Gretje Angell, the daughter and granddaughter of drummers, was born to sing jazz. Her alluring voice has a beautiful tone, she digs into the lyrics that she interprets, and she is a superior scat-singer.  For her debut recording, In Any Key (named cheekily after Dori’s ability to play any song in any key at Gretje’s behest), Ms. Angell is joined by guitarist-producer Dori Amarilio, Chuck Berghofer, Kevin Axt or Gabe Davis on bass, drummer Steve Haas, percussionist Kevin Winard, and a few guest musicians.… Read...

Veronica Swift – Confessions...

Times change. In the Me Too era it is clearly politically incorrect for a female singer to sidle up to the microphone and huskily breathe “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” like Julie London used to do. Or even, for that matter, to lustily proclaim “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” like Marilyn Monroe. But a residue of that sort of thing (it’s called sex appeal) needs to remain, regardless.… Read...

GRETA MATASSA – PORTRAIT

Greta Matassa has made choices in her career that have sacrificed some visibility in exchange for lifestyle. Yet the Seattle based vocal artist has established herself firmly as one of America’s finest singers, and one of the best that jazz has to offer in the new century. To this point, the jazz public at large had not heard from Matassa in 5 years, since her last solo release for Resonance Records, “I Wanna Be Loved” (Resonance, 2014).… Read...
Brazilian Music Spotlight Antonio Carlos Jobim – Endito
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Endito As a celebration of “Tom” Jobim‘s 60th birthday in 1987, a Brazilian consort simply called the Organization sponsored an album that anthologized his output as a composer. Jobim made the final choices of 24 tunes, recorded them with his band of family and friends, and the results were released privately in a limited edition. Recorded at around the same time as Passarim, it’s possible that Jobimdid not want this retrospective to compete with his new material.… Read...
Recent Jazz Vocal Discovery Aimee Nolte – Looking For The Answers
Aimee Nolte – Looking For The Answers Aimee Nolte’s voice is beautiful, sonorous and reflective on her latest album Looking For The Answers, The singer arranged and produced every track on the album, lending a consistent aesthetic and laid-back vibe to most of the cuts here. What separates Nolte from other vocalists and composers is the poetry and storytelling quality of her compositions, with lyrics reminescent of Joni Mitchell – just minus Mitchell playfulness.… Read...
Classic Jazz Vocal Album Spotlight Doris Day & Andre Previn – Duet
Doris Day & Andre Previn – Duet Doris Day and pianist/composer Andre Previn are both better known for their work in film than they are for their jazz and popular-song recordings, but in late 1961 they met for the first time and discovered, according to liner note writer Irving Townsend, that they shared a love for “sodas, animals, and ballads.” The result was a jazz-vocal masterpiece, Duet.… Read...
Other Releases of Interest Allan Clarke – Resurgence
Allan Clarke – Resurgence About 20 years after retiring from the music business, Hollies founding member and  lead singer Allan Clarke has returned with a new solo album called Resurgence. The 10-track collection, which features mostly new original songs, is available now as a digital download and via streaming services. Among the tunes is one called “Long Cool Woman’s Back in Town,” which the 77-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer wrote as a sequel to the 1972 Hollies smash “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.” Resurgence began coming together in 2017.… Read...