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Douye': Daddy Said So

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Daddy Said So, and clearly father knows best. Raised with the epic jazz renderings of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Etta James, Douyé harkens back to a jazz era rich with elegance and timbre. Her silky and deliciously subdued voice pulsates through a set list of choice jazz standards. With quiet intensity Douye' whispers new life into every breath and nuance. Joined by a long and impressive list of jazz musicians, Daddy Said So is instrumentally dynamic as well. The arrangements and seasoned interplay present an inimitable package of jazz sophistication.

Among the many highlights is "Nature Boy." On this track, she is joined by legendary bassist, Ron Carter. It is cleverly performed as a vocal/bass duet. "Summertime" is a percussion led big band treat in which Douye' exudes her swing sensibilities. In front of the Kenny Barron Trio, she glides effortlessly through "Mood Indigo" and "I Loves You Porgy." She is joined by pianist John Beasley on a sultry "Round Midnight" and a heartfelt "In A Sentimental Mood." A tender and graceful "Autumn Leaves" is intimately backed by saxophonist Kim Richmond and his band.

In all, there are fourteen beautiful renditions of timeless classics. Douye's first jazz record is substantial. Her phrasing, voice, and passion are remarkably moving and expressive. She embodies the full jazz songstress catalog.

Track Listing: Tracks: 1. But Beautiful 5:45 2. Lush Life 3:53 3. Mood Indigo 3:02 4. Round Midnight 5:51 5. Body and Soul 5:30 6. All The Things You Are 3:13 7. I Loves You Porgy 6:48 8. Autumn Leaves 5:11 9. In A Sentimental Mood 6:32 10. Sophisticated Lady 3:51 11. Someone To Watch Over Me 3:41 12. Summertime 5:22 13. Besame Mucho 5:30 14. Nature Boy 3:04

Personnel: Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Essiet Okon, Curry Rawls, Zem Audu, Joel Scott, Clayton Cameron, Edwin Livingston, Kiyoshi Katakana, Jonathan Blake, John Beasley, John Beasley, Roy McCurdy, John Clayton, Bob Sheppard, Russell Malone, Willie Jones III, Luke Sellick, Rick Germanson, Jeremy Pelt, Aaron Serfaty, Gibi dos Santos, Pete Korpela, Otmaro Ruiz, Angelo Metz, Kim Ricmond, Zack O'Farrill, Jonathan Saraga, Livio Almeida, Larry Bustamante, Jesus Viramontes, Yeissonn Villamar, Bam Bam Rodriguez, Shakoor Sanders, John Belzaguy, Justo  Almario. Kim R,  Alex B,  Glen B,  Gene B, Bob O,  Ron K, Steve H, Brian S, Scott W, Joey S, Fred S,  Juliane G.

Title: Daddy Said So | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Groove Note Records

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