Alpha est et O. I believe that Chicago-born Ms Harris addresses all of the major eras of jazz. Chronologically, she begins in the Stride era with a lilting “Jitterbug Waltz”, hits the Swing era with Tuxedo Junction (composed by her Uncle, Erskine Hawkins), and proceeds through the height of Tin Pan Alley with an up-tempo “Love For Sale”, a pensive “Someone to Watch Over Me”. She rounds out the disc with the Bebop balladry of “Lullaby of Birdland” and a very cool “Mack the Knife”. The overall feeling of this disc is laid-back brilliance. All of the performances are self assured and creatively arranged. Kudos to bassist Tom Kennedy for his superb playing in general and his over-the-top introduction on “Tuxedo Junction”.
Track Listing: The Song Is You; Daydream; A Time For Love; The Late, Late Show; Love for Sale; It Never Was You; The Jitterbug Waltz; These Foolish Things; Wave; Someone To Watch Over Me; Tuxedo Junction; Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer; Lullaby of Birdland. (Total Playing Time 55:49).
Personnel: Asa Harris: Vocals; Todd Strait: Drums; Tom Kennedy: Acoustic Bass;; Rick Haydon: Guitar; Ray Kennedy, Kim Portnoy: Piano
Record Label: MAXJAZZ
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