Shelley revisits a theme that was present on her some cuts of her previous cd,"Music, Sweet Music". In doing so she pays homage to early blues singers and composers.
Her personal vision works exceeedingly well as she enlists a stellar line up of musicians to make it happen.
"Dark Shadows" opens the set and gets a precise on the money feel. Laszlo Gardony and John Blake Jr. get solo honors. Mr. Blakes' violin isn't what you expect in a jazz influenced blues. He adds to the mix a light and airy tone that is engaging and stylish.
Shelley makes you feel every note of "Stormy Weather". She conveys her feelings for the words and leaves no doubt this is her song.This feeling carries throughtout the set. Each song is entirely different,yet flows as one due to her insight.
Barb Lewis' "Hello Stranger" is a stand out, getting a upbeat push from Laszlo and the band. Drummer Yoron Israel and bassist John Lockwood are tight,working the rythym so Shelley has all the room she needs to sing.
This is a very strong set of standards that feels good. By combining a jazz influence to blues songs Shelley has accomlished her goal. Take a listen to "Do Your Duty". They leave no doubt they are serious and having a great time. Their collective talents are running hot, giving us an articulate take on Shelleys' vision.
Track Listing: 1.Dark Shadows 2. It Was Written In The Stars 3.Stormy Weather 4.Hello Stranger 5.Is You Is Or Is You Ain't 6.Nobodys' Business 7.Do Your Duty 8. Downhearted Blues 9.Strange Fruit 10. Prelude To a Kiss
Personnel: piano, Laszlo Gardony - bass, John Lockwood - violin, John Blake,Jr. - drums, Yoron Israel - vocals, Shelley Neill
Year Released: 2001
| Record Label: Cobalt Blue Music
| Style: Vocal
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.