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Beegie Adair: Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio

Read "Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The true beauty of any Beegie Adair recording is that it will be straight down the middle mainstream jazz. It is money in the bank. Adair's 50-year career has found her leading her jazz trio, writing advertising jingles and accompanying vocalists, as she does on the present Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio. Ramey, a native of the midwest, take a predictably conservative approach to the Great American Songbook. Her doing so does us the favor of reminding us ...


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Beegie Adair: An Affair To Remember: Romantic Movie Songs Of The 1950's

Read "An Affair To Remember: Romantic Movie Songs Of The 1950's" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

I really enjoyed Beegie Adair's Centennial Tribute to Richard Rodgers in 2002. On that album, her piano trio made the most of some of the best songs written during the golden age of the 1930s and '40s.

Her latest venture is also a most worthy effort to recall the grandeur of movie themes from the '50s (and how far we have come since then in today's cinematic environment). During those days, even a smaller film was expected to ...


Album Review

Beegie Adair: An Affair to Remember

Read "An Affair to Remember" reviewed by Jim Santella

With the Jeff Steinberg Orchestra accompanying her, pianist Beegie Adair remembers the love stories that came to us through the films of the 1950s. She portrays each theme as it was done in the original score, with lush strings and an emphasis on its recurring melody. A gentle spirit guides her through each warm melody effortlessly. The pianist's flowing keyboard motion swells and ebbs with each theme. They're memorable songs.

As Ellen Menking's oboe solo introduces “A Certain ...


Album Review

Beegie Adair: I'll Take Romance

Read "I'll Take Romance" reviewed by Jack Bowers

More late-evening mood music than jazz, I’ll Take Romance, the seventh album on the Green Hill label by Beegie Adair, showcases her warm piano stylings with a string-laden orchestra conducted by Jeff Steinberg. As Adair is based in Nashville, TN, hers may be a new name to many readers and / or listeners. Suffice to say that she’s an accomplished technician who can swing when the occasion demands, which in this instance is all too seldom (she is able to ...


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Beegie Adair Trio: Centennial Composers Collection

Read "Centennial Composers Collection" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A Superb Introduction to the Great American Song Book...

My first brush with what are commonly called “standards" in jazz parlance came when I devoured Linda Ronstadt’s Round Midnight with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. This was a collection of “jazz" vocals that was unthreatening, easily digested, and readily understood. Further, Ronstadt’s collection introduced the standards, their lyrics and melodies to my 40-something generation when that generation could not hear Ella, Billie, Sarah, or Betty.

Now, there is available an exceptional ...


Album Review

Beegie Adair: I'll Take Romance

Read "I'll Take Romance" reviewed by Jim Santella

What were you doing on September 11th?

Sadly, we'll always remember that day. Those who were at home had an opportunity to see it all in one fell swoop. What a day. Those who were traveling had to make other arrangements, and felt an immediate need to contact loved ones. Their prayers went out to those involved. Those of us who were at work managed, somehow. We kept informed, stayed in touch with our families, and still ...


Album Review

Beegie Adair: Dream Dancing - Songs of Cole Porter

Read "Dream Dancing - Songs of Cole Porter" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Another album of Cole Porter songs played by a piano trio?? Yes, and it is a welcome addition to both Cole Porter and piano combo recorded literature. The leader of the group, Beegie Adair is no newcomer to jazz piano having been in the business for more than 30 years. Playing out of Nashville, TN which, surprising or not, is moving up as a jazz Mecca, but not to the extent that it rivals country music..yet, Adair applies her experience, ...


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