There is evidence of a revival of vocalese jazz singing in the recent releases of Dorian Devin's The Procrastinator (Self Produced, 2013) and Suzanna Smith's Halfway Between Heaven & Love (Ink Pen Records, 2013). Enter Edmonton-native Judith Pinto Coy, who, while not contributing her own vocalese transcriptions, interprets those of the masters masterfully. On her debut Here's to Life, Coy interprets Jon Hendricks' treatments of Thelonious Monk's Monk's Dream" and Miles Davis' Four" and Oscar Brown, Jr's take on Tommy Turrentine's minor blues waltz Long as You're Livin'" with great spunk and gusto. With this enthusiasm, Coy approaches each conservatively, ...read more
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