Master Of Jazz: Tenor Titans by AAJ StaffMore articles about Judy Niemack
Clairdee, meanwhile, lacks even one-twentieth of Niemack's imagination. Greatly influenced by Sarah Vaughan and sometimes sounding a bit Anita Baker- ish in her phrasing, the Bay Area singer has a likable, pleasant voice but plays it much too safe on the faceless and highly predictable Plugged In. There's nothing at all personal about her generic versions of "Round Midnight," "Just Friends," "Body And Soul" and other songs that have been recorded time and time again. Clairdee chooses only the most obvious of standards, and heaven forbid she should do anything unique or different with them. With risk-takers like Niemack, Karrin Allyson, Carla White, Kitty Margolis and Claire Martin keeping busy in the late 1990s, it's best to pass on Plugged In.
Reprinted with the permission of Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene , the largest jazz publication in Southern California.
Record Label: Freelance
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