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Radio & Podcasts

New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone

Read "New Releases and Birthday Shoutouts To Nancy Wilson and Nina Simone" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from vocalists Jacqui Naylor and Mark Winkler with pianist David Benoit plus birthday shout outs to Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Nicole Mitchell, Sara Caswell, Elsa Nilsson, Carmen Sandim and Dena DeRose, among others. Thanks for listening and please support all of these fine musicians and buy their recordings through this time of lockdown. Playlist Chris Pattishall “Pisces" from Zodiac (Self released) 00:00 Roseanna Vitro “Life's Journey (Pavilion)" from Clarity, Music of Clare Fischer ...

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Profile

Nancy Wilson: Turns to Blue

Read "Nancy Wilson: Turns to Blue" reviewed by Andrew Velez


..Last night FM radio was on R&B and it was 'Ready Or Not'. ...I was just by myself dancing. And it was oh, my! ...I came out of R&B. ...That's why when people try to put me in a box, like no! There are certain songs I hear, like The Stylistics--oooooh! ... 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' ...my husband and I, that was our song! Reminiscing is the svelte, statuesque (5' 8 ½ ) and still ...

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Album Review

Nancy Wilson: Turned To Blue

Read "Turned To Blue" reviewed by Andrew Velez


Call Nancy Wilson an old fashioned singer. She sings on key. You can understand every lyric. There's no trickery, just putting the song out there straight ahead. Her careful considerations of what she's singing result in a crispy heat that resides in the domain of the peerless Carmen McRae's elegant “less is more style. This Grammy-nominated set follows up Wilson's 2005 Grammy-winning R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs Very Personal). She brands songs with her own tough-edged warmth. Durham & ...

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Album Review

Nancy Wilson: Turned to Blue

Read "Turned to Blue" reviewed by Jeff Winbush


One of the hardest things for a fan to do is watch a premier athlete or entertainer begin to falter and show the first signs that age has begun to compromise their talent. It was saddening to watch Muhammad Ali unable to fend off Larry Holmes. It was troubling to watch the great Michael Jordan being schooled by Allen Iverson. Now it is becoming obvious than in the sunset of her career, Nancy Wilson isn't quite the vocalist she once ...

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Album Review

Nancy Wilson: Turned to Blue

Read "Turned to Blue" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


This recording is like heirloom silver: finely etched and gleaming with a rich and mellow sheen. Its many delights include top-level players, excellent arrangements and production values, and a variety of configurations from a smoking all-star big band to intimate quartets. There are also great solo turns by the likes of John Clayton, James Moody, Bob Mintzer, Hubert Laws, Tom Scott, Dave Samuels, Andy Narrell and Billy Taylor.

Then there's the introduction of splendid new material, including a great breakup ...

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Album Review

Nancy Wilson: RSVP

Read "RSVP" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


As she says in her opening line, “Some things are worth waiting for," Nancy Wilson presents a collection of vintage jazz that is well worth the wait. Listening to RSVP (rare songs, very personal) is like finally popping the cork to a prized bottle after decades of anticipation.

Joined by Toots Thielemans on harmonica and saxman Phil Woods, Wilson delivers a charming opener, “An Older Man Is Like an Elegant Wine," a title that not only expresses admiration for masculine ...

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Album Review

Nancy Wilson: R.S.V.P.

Read "R.S.V.P. " reviewed by Jim Santella


As Nancy Wilson sings about having her troubles evaporate, she must surely realize that her music has had that effect on us for ages. Just one listen, and we know. Her performances rescue us from our daily doldrums and elevate our mood for keeps.

In late 2002 and early 2003, she recorded with different ensembles at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh. Her intimate studio performances are some of the best ever.

She works with strings, ...


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