Bay-Area vocalist Ellen Robinson is a study in jazz grace and elegance. Rather than a bright and shiny repertoire of specialized training (of which there is nothing wrong), Robinson sports a music education degree from Manhattanville college with a major in piano, and rides an experiential arc in to the heart of the Great American Songbook. Robinson readily stakes her claim on the rich melodies of the stage and Tin Pan Alley, demanding that the lyrics move her before she commits to a song. Don't Wait Too Long is Robinson's third recording after 2006's Mercy! and 2001's On My Way ...read more
The vocal duet that Ellen Robinson and Ben Flint sing on The Dimming of the Day comes with a heartfelt message all its own. That's her forte. With this program of fourteen delicate melodies, the singer delivers from the heart. She just lets it fly, and what happens is a lovely melodic parade.
Recorded at several live concert performances in San Francisco, her program runs comfortable with a light, acoustic texture that appeals to a broad audience. From Mose Allison and Johnny Mandel to Thelonious Monk and Joni Mitchell, she knows how to select a program for variety.read more