Krisanthi Pappas: My Back Yard
Pappas' talents extend far beyond just singing. She wrote several of the compositions for this session, and the words are reproduced in the liner notes. She follows the footsteps of other excellent singers who acquitted themselves well on piano, like Jeri Southern, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Her pianist technique is much like her singing, light and delicate with a fine sense of the melody. She sits at the black and whites on her own Reflections to present a pleasant time out from vocalizing. But she also emulates Mel Torme by showing her touch on the drums on "Here's to Toughy McGee". Elvin Jones and Jake Hanna need not worry. But she does not embarrass herself by any means. Payne does some R & B tinged sax honking on this cut.
At times Pappas' voice seems to be tailor-made for the intimate, cabaret club setting. She does perform a lot in the Boston are in that type of venue with her jazz ensemble. But she can belt it out with the best of them when the occasion calls for it. Her intonation is impeccable, as is her phrasing and diction. Combine this with a cheerful play list and a cast of great musicians and you have My Back Yard which is highly recommended. Say hello to Krisanthi at her Internet address www.krisanthi.com.
Track Listing: Willy Wonka Selections: Pure Imagination, I've Got a Golden Ticket; Oompa-Loompa Doompadee-Doo; Back in Your Own Back Yard; One Slow Dance a Day; A-Tisket A-Tasket; Growing up Medley: Happiness, When We Grow Up, Corner of the Sky; Wayne; You Make Me Feel So Young; Teach Me Tonight; Congratulations!&; Here's to Toughy McGee; Am I Who you Want Me to Be; Wizard of Oz : We're off to See the Wizard; Ding Dong! the Witch Is Dead, The Merry old Land of Oz; Reflections*; My Back Yard
Personnel: Krisanthi Pappas - Vocals/Piano*/Drums#; Bill Duffy - Piano; Steve Skop -Bass; John Di Santo - Drums/Percussion; John Payne - Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute; Rick Hammett - Trumpet&
Record Label: Music Box Records