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Barbara Montgomery: Ask Me Now

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One listen to Barbara Montgomery's voice and I guarantee you will fall in love all over again. This outing is perfect for late night listening. Barbara not only entertains us with her deep, husky warm voice, but her phrasing and ability to convey a mood is displayed throughout all ten selections. Her band supports her with gentle backing and beautiful accompaniment. Not since Helen Merrill or the late Sarah Vaughan has there been a vocalist who can not only convey the mood of a piece but also draw you into the moment with such conviction.

Listen to her interpretation of Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark". Trumpet player Bob Meashley's supportive trumpet blends seamlessly with Barbara's voice. This kind of interaction is evidenced throughout every piece.

One of the most promising vocalists on the scene today, Barbara continues to offer the listener timeless classics on this her second recording, as well as her own personal stamp making each song uniquely her own.

Musicians:Barbara Montgomery: Vocals, Steve Giordano: Guitar, Bob Meashey: Trumpet/ Flugelhorn, Steve Meashey: Bass, Bobby Shomo: Drums

Songs:7:00 Estate, 9:50 Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, 5:48 Falling Grace, 7:35 Never Let Me Go, 5:47 Shape Of My Heart, 6:15 Invitation, 7:10 Desire, 6:19 Skylark, 6:19 Once I Loved, 6:17 How I Wish (Ask Me Now)

Web site: http://www.bjazz.com

Record Label: Mr. Bean & Bumpy Music

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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