Clairdee: Music Moves (2005)
Music in motion. That's what Clairdee's performances are. Recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland, California, Music Moves reveals a singer who communicates with her audience on all levels. It's easy to love her music and the way she delivers it.
In her comments on this album, Clairdee mentions her deep respect for singers of jazz and blues, such as Ruth Brown, Al Green, Donny Hathaway, and Frank Sinatra. The album's final track is a salute to Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Joe Williams, and Count Basie. She sure can pick 'em.
"Summertime" can be positioned to represent the ultimate test of a singer. It's that kind of a classic jazz piece. You may ask yourself, does the song's heartfelt spirit come through? Are emotions raised? Does the singer convince? Is the treatment of this classic song handled with care while providing a unique character? The answers this time out are yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Clairdee gets capable support on Music Moves from pianist Ken French and saxophonist Charles McNeal. They're on fire. The live setting undoubtedly pumped a lot of energy into this performance. It sure does have a powerful effect.
"Alright, Okay, You Win" begins with a funky version of "Cold Duck Time" and transitions seamlessly into the familiar theme that Joe Williams brought us time and again. The band puts goosebumps on your arms. The audience must have been up and dancing between the tables.
"Sunny" saunters happily with a swingin' attitude and a funky spirit as Clairdee and her band interpret this classic pop tune convincingly. Elsewhere, the singer combines ballads and blues for a recommended performance. In person, or the next best thing to being there, Clairdee's performance is a don't miss opportunity.
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Track Listing: Yes Sir, That's My Baby; Cheek to Cheek; Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars; Summertime; Do Something; If I Could Be With You for One Hour Tonight; Sunny; Someone Else is Steppin' In; All the Way; Alright, Okay, You Win.
Personnel: Clairdee: vocals; Ken French: piano, keyboard; Ron Belcher: bass; Deszon X. Claiborne: drums; Charles McNeal: soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones.