Ivie Anderson was Duke Ellington's mainstay singer from 1931 to 1942, melding the depth of Billie Holiday with the sophisticated attitude of Lena Horne. Deborah Brown is one of the finest modern jazz vocalists ever to grace live venues and recording studios. In common with Anderson, she is a musician's vocalist, having played with the likes of Slide Hampton, Cedar Walton, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Michel Le Grand, “Toots" Thielemans and Roy Hargrove, amply showing the respect in which she is regarded by the players, as well as her great adaptability. With For The Love Of Ivie , Brown takes ...read more
Bimhuis Amsterdam, Netherlands December 17th, 2009
Remembering her father's trombone, Deborah Brown used her dark and somewhat husky voice as a perfect musical instrument with brass-like gestures to paint a beautiful picture. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brown has made a name for herself with appearances around the world and many albums. This concert was full of admiration and respect for the incomparable bluesy voice of Ivie Anderson who, though forgotten by many, is critically acclaimed and still remembered by many for her association with the Duke Ellington band, 1931-1942. Another noteworthy appearance by ...read more
Deborah Brown is one of the finest jazz vocalists in the business, a singer's singer" with a magnificent voice and mind-boggling technique. Vocalist J.D. Walter mentioned her as an inspirational teacher and mentor in a recent AAJ interview but, despite being very possibly one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, due to her own travel preferences she is less well known in the U.S. than in Europe and internationally.
Perhaps the reason for her missing in action" status is that, while born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri., where she currently resides, Brown relocated ...read more
Kansas City-reared jazz singer Deborah Brown employs an international, multicultural little big band to make progressive American vocal jazz, managing the logistics brilliantly to produce one of the best vocal recitals of the year. This fearless repertoire maven is not afraid of even the stickiest subjects.
On International Incident,, Brown takes on two Johnny Griffin compositions ("Take My Hand" and Make Up You Mind"), Thad Jones' A Child is Born," and Pat Metheny's Always and Forever." These are certainly not your typical standards, but Brown and her crack band make their performance sound easy and very enjoyable.
All the songs ...read more