156

Joy Bellis: Coming Alive

By

Sign in to view read count
Joy Bellis: Coming Alive I rather enjoyed this album by vocalist Joy Bellis, despite the fact that the second track is a cover of the Britney Spears pop hit "Baby One More Time." By day, Bellis is a Wall Street investment banker. She hails from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and clearly deserves recognition for her musical talents.

Bellis' choice of material and overall enthusiasm raise this album above the ordinary. The well-chosen set list avoids most of the usual tunes which should be considered ripe for retirement.

The de rigeur up-tempo version of Frank Loesser's "Never Will I Marry" works out fine. It seems to me that Anthony Perkins, the singer/actor in the original Broadway production, was the only one who sang this as a ballad. Jobim's beautiful first-generation bossa love song "Bonita" is hardly on anyone's lips anymore. Bobby Troup's "The Meaning of the Blues" will bring a smile to anyone who has heard the Carmen McRae or Miles Davis/Gil Evans version.

Lyrics by Mike Ferro for Thelonious Monk's "Well,You Needn't" give Bellis a good opportunity to demonstrate her jazz vocal chops, and the Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley 1960s show tune "Look At That Face" has now been rescued from oblivion. The album ends with two Edu Lobo compositions: "For Me," which was a big pop hit for Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66; and "To Say Goodbye."

Track Listing: Is You Is Or Is You Ain't (My Baby); Baby One More Time; All The Way; Never Will I Marry; Bonita; Look At That Face; It'sw Over Now(Well;You Needn't); Time After Time; Out Of This World; The Meaning Of The Blues; Sugar; To Say Goodby (Pra Dizer Adeus).

Personnel: Joy Bellis: vocals; David Epstein: piano; Robert Sabin: bass; Jeff Davis: drums; Doug Hinrichs: percussion.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: White Butterfly | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read LifeCycle CD/LP/Track Review LifeCycle
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 23, 2017
Read Right Up On CD/LP/Track Review Right Up On
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 23, 2017
Read Wanderlust CD/LP/Track Review Wanderlust
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 23, 2017
Read Imagination CD/LP/Track Review Imagination
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 23, 2017
Read Evolution CD/LP/Track Review Evolution
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 23, 2017
Read On A Monday Evening CD/LP/Track Review On A Monday Evening
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings" CD/LP/Track Review The Fever: The Remastered Epic Recordings
by Doug Collette
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "Bombogenic" CD/LP/Track Review Bombogenic
by Dave Wayne
Published: May 21, 2016
Read "Stereotomic" CD/LP/Track Review Stereotomic
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Reunion" CD/LP/Track Review Reunion
by John Sharpe
Published: March 31, 2017
Read "The Behemoth" CD/LP/Track Review The Behemoth
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "A Woman's Work..." CD/LP/Track Review A Woman's Work...
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 30, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!