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Various Artists: Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard (2011)

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Nich Anderson is a Northwest coast jazz vocalist and jazz vocals champion who has been bringing jazz vocal talent to his "house concerts" in Washington State for the past 10 years. Anderson and Origin Records' house presence Bill Anschell have produced a recording documenting some of this talent. The result is a collection of duets and trios, intimate in presentation, overt in the sheer ability of its participants, that well highlight the state of vocal jazz at the opening of the 21st Century. This group of jazz vocalists is called Jazzvox.

The gender demographics reflect the recorded literature: an overwhelming majority of female participants (seven) versus male (two). The vocal styles included on this disc all share in common a reverent adherence to the original melody. The repertoire is all over the map, from jazz standards like Kelley Johnson
Kelley Johnson

vocalist
's version of Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's "Blue Monk," with guitarist Keith Ganz
Keith Ganz
Keith Ganz
b.1972
guitar
, to Fats Waller
Fats Waller
Fats Waller
1904 - 1943
piano
's pre-swing era "Honeysuckle Rose," from Anschell and Jo Lawry
Jo Lawry

vocalist
.

There is plenty of scat singing, with Kathleen Grace
Kathleen Grace
Kathleen Grace

vocalist
's "Moon River" and John Proulx's "Please Don't Bug Me" being standouts. The most effective pairings here are Hanna Richardson with pianist Patti Wicks
Patti Wicks
Patti Wicks
1945 - 2014
piano
("Back in Your Own Back Yard" and "These Foolish Things") and John Proulx and Chuck Kistler ("Please Don't Bug Me" and "Welcome To My World").

The presence of Wicks, a fine pianist to be sure, is why she did not also sing (Proulx accompanies himself on piano). Hers is a one-of-a- kind voice. Anderson, the provocateur, appears with Wicks on a bouncing "Time After Time." His voice as sweet as Proulx's at a lower register. Wicks solos with the most brio on the disc, keeping a bit of stride moving things along. Lawry closes the disc with a most inventive trio-led "But Not For Me," accompanied by Anschell and accordionist David Lange.

In Your Own Backyard is the second vocals collection released by Origin Arts after Redefinition by Jeff Baker
Jeff Baker

vocalist
's Vocal Jazz Collective. It looks like they're onto something.


Track Listing: Moon River; Comes Love; Please Don't Bug Me; Blue Monk; I'm Old Fashioned; Back In Your Own Backyard; All My Tomorrows; The Cat; You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me; Honeysuckle Rose; 4:52 Welcome To My World; 5:16 If Ever I Would Leave You; Triste; Perdido; Time After Time; These Foolish Things; But Not For Me.

Personnel: Kathleen Grace: vocals; Darin Clendenin: piano (1, 12); Kristin Korb: vocals; Randy Halberstadt: piano (2, 9); John Proulx: John Proux: vocals, piano; Chuck Kistler: bass (3, 11); Kelley Johnson: vocals; Keith Ganz: guitar (4, 13); Jo Lawry: vocals; Bill Anschell: piano (5, 17); Hanna Richardson: vocals; Patti Wicks: piano (6, 16); Stephanie Nakasian: vocals; Bill Anschell: piano (7, 14); Cathy Segal-Garcia: vocals; John Stowell: guitar (8); Nich Anderson: vocals; Patti Wicks: piano (15); David Lange: accordion (17).

Record Label: OA2 Records


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