Lisa Maxwell's debut, Return to Jazz Standards (Self Produced, 2010), was well-received when released, marking the New York singer's recovery and comeback from a vocal cord disorder that sidelined her for several years earlier in the decade. Maxwell returns with Happy, a recital of not-so-standard standards, supported by Maxwell's coach, pianist Keith Ingham, and his fine quartet. The result is an evolution in cohesiveness and vision. In a word, Maxwell's Happy is breezy. Her voice has filled out in all the right places and betrays a youthful, scrubbed, girl-next-door coquettishness. Pretty" and unadorned" will also describe this ...read more
Pianist Keith Ingham came to New York from England in 1979. While in England, he had been a pianist of choice for touring U.S. greats in Europe, such as trumpet great Roy Eldridge, Henry Red" Allen, the famous New Orleans trumpet contemporary of Louis Armstrong, and saxophonist Bud Freeman. It was at the suggestion of such greats that Ingham came to America.By 1985, he had played piano for Benny Goodman, accompanying the master, then in his mid-70s, at a performance in Vermont. Occupying the room next to Goodman in the hotel, Ingham heard him practice. You knew you ...read more
This ensemble lead by UK expatriate Keith Ingham patterns itself on those outstanding combos which let the Bop revolution pass them by and stayed with refined swing. The Manhattan Swingtet finds its inspiration in groups led by Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, Tiny Grimes, Ike Quebec, and Earl Fatha" Hines. Perhaps the Ingham group is a bit more suave than these groups with its swing a bit more sophisticated. Even on tunes where the title hints at some wild things to come, there's a touch of restraint as on Celestial Boogie" where Ingham moves over to the small upright celeste. But ...read more
P>It's obvious that the producers of this album believe that the music of Noel Coward is under valued, especially in the United States and, more to the point, by the world of jazz. The liner notes assert that Coward's songs are as versatile as Gershwin, Kern and Berlin's and consequently jazz artists should be as anxious to record them as they are the material of these icons of American popular music. That Coward was a genius is not disputed. He produced more than 60 plays, revues, musicals and operettas. At one time, he had four productions running simultaneously in London's ...read more
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