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Mary Ann Douglas: Unfinished Business

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A hidden treasure from southern California, jazz singer Mary Ann Douglas writes her own songs and lyrics. Each of her four albums, released over the past ten years, proves unique in that manner. Original material means pleasant surprises. In all, Douglas' four albums contain sixty-four songs that are fascinating for their comfortable allure and for the convincing delivery that she offers them. Working with an all-star ensemble, the singer warms with an intimacy that defines pure jazz and blues from the inside out.

With Unfinished Business Douglas moves onward and upward as she takes this winning performance up ...

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Mary Ann Douglas: Sensory

This is California native Mary Ann Douglas' second album. And like her first, it is made up entirely of her own compositions. Too often, this is a recipe for disaster. Not here, though. Mary Ann Douglas is an excellent tunesmith and a fine vocalist. More good news! She has garnered some of San Diego's finest musicians to join her in the studio. Especially important to the success of this album is Mike Wofford (who was on her first CD), an especially competent accompanist, arranger and undervalued pianist.

While her 1997 recording,

True Stories

, was very good, this endeavor reveals ...



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