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Jenny Davis: Inside You

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Jenny Davis' It Amazes Me (Self Produced, 2006) was a relaxed tuneful affair employing a crack quintet capable of multiple layers of musicianship. For Inside You, Davis whittles her quintet to a duo, featuring her regular guitarist Chuck Easton, and bassist Ted Enderle, furnishing a stripped-down swing that depends on its own momentum with which to propel it. From the near orchestral duet with Easton on “When Your Lover Has Gone" to the brilliantly spare duet with Enderle on “Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise" Davis displays major deep and dense growth since her flagship It Amazes Me.

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Jenny Davis: It Amazes Me

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Jenny Davis is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She studied with jazz vocalist Beth Winter and graduated cum laude from Cornish College, where she was awarded the prestigious Maggie Hawthorne Scholarship. While she was still a student, Davis formed a jazz trio, sang lead vocals for JIm Knapp's Big Band and played in just about every jazz venue in Seattle.

This is Davis' second album; her debut appeared in 2000. It Amazes Me consists of a dozen standards and jazz standards with one original that provide a fine opportunity for the singer and ...

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Jenny Davis: It Amazes Me

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In a relaxed, acoustic setting with jazz standards filling the room, Seattle vocalist Jenny Davis combines her comfortable demeanor with a throwback charm that recalls those who have come before. Through her lyric interpretations and wordless scat singing, we can feel the distant memories of masters like Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé.

Comparisons can be cruel, of course. However, Davis prefers to sing 'em the way they've been done before. She brings back the memories by giving us our favorite songs. Her band gives her a suitable musical force; but much of it has been done ...

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Three Female Vocalists: Sara Gazarek, Stevie Holland & Fay Claassen

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We are enjoying an embarrassment of riches in the area of female jazz vocals. There's a lot of wheat out there, and some chaff. Here's some of the whole grain.

Sara Gazarek Yours Native Language 2005

Left-coast jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek's voice is as mature and perfectly balanced as the accompaniment of her piano trio. Mature, considering Gazarek is still only in her middle 20s, and already sounding fully formed. A nominal alto, Gazarek displays an effortless singing style that is both adventuresome and conservative. “My Shining Hour illustrates this: the tune ...



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