Passion Flower

Jackie Ryan

Label: OpenArt Productions
Released: 2002
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Tracks

*Now or Never (Curtis R. Lewis / Billie Holiday) *I Don't Want to Cry Anymore (Victor Shertzinger) * Luiza (Antonio Carlos Jobim) *Lullaby of the Leaves (Beatrice Petkere and Joseph Young) *The Kicker (music by: Joe Henderson / lyrics by: Jackie Ryan) *Some Other Spring (music by: Irene Kitchings / lyrics by: Arthur Herzog, Jr.) *O Silèncio das Estrelas (music and Portuguese lyrics by: Lenine and Dudu Falcao / English lyrics by: Jackie Ryan) *A Bouquet for Billy: A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing/Passion Flower (Billy Strayhorn) *Please Send Me Someone to Love (Percy Mayfield) *Serenade in Blue (Harry Warren, Mark Gordon) *Historia de Amor (Carlos Almaran) *Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills,Barney Bigard) *Once in Everyone's Life (music by: David Bass / lyrics by: Jackie Ryan) *Deep Love (music by: Barry Harris / lyrics by: Jackie Ryan)

Personnel

Jackie Ryan
voice / vocals

Additional Personnel / Information

Jeff Chambers:bass; Eddie Marshall:drums; Allen Smith:trumpet; Noel Jewkes:sax; Luis Romero: percussion

Album Description

"THE MULTI LINGUAL RYAN IS MIGHTILY IMPRESSIVE!... Ryan alternates between Brazilian standards (her Portuguese is impeccable), enduring jazz anthems and somewhat less-familiar gems like the haunting "Some Other Spring" and seductive "Lullaby of the Laves." She serves up a potent "Mood Indigo" that artfully maneuvers between heartfelt melancholy and self-pitying melodrama, spices things up with a sassily irreverent "Please Send Me Someone to Love," then mixes a fragile "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" with a robust and fiery "Passion Flower" for a uniquely fulfilling Strayhorn medley. Ryan also proves to be an insightful lyricist. Crafting words to fit Joe Henderson's "The Kicker," she does an admirable job of replicating mentor Jon Hendricks' effervescence while tossing kisses to Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green and Henderson himself. Even better are the soft, sensual lyrics she's fashioned to complement the twilight hush of Barry Harris' "Deep Love." —JazzTimes... A MARVELOUS VOICE ! . . . JACKIE RYAN EXUDES STYLE, CLASS, SENSUALITY AND A TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF THE JAZZ IDIOM "The Kicker," originally written by sax legend Joe Henderson, is just that, and now has new lyrics penned by Jackie Ryan. She also adds poignant English lyrics to the haunting Spanish melody of "O Silencio das Estrellas" and serenades her listeners with languid elongated phrasing and velvety soft vocal Spanish caresses on the sad ballad "Historia de un Amor. Ryan sings these songs beautifully and with so much passion. Her compositional strengths and music is definitely open art and should attract a loyal international following for the classic beauty. - Paula Edelstein, Allmusic.com, AMG Rating * * * *


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