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My Two Sense.. Colleague Jim Santella reviewed this Bay Area artist in the November issue of All About Jazz. Publisher, Master Ricci also sent this disc my way and I am quite glad he did. I have recently reviewed several jazz vocal offerings, but none I found as satisfying in singing or support as Clairdee’s self-produced Destination Moon.
Mainstream Voice...Star Eyes Talent.. Clairdee and her excellent piano trio meld with one another to produce a recording of seamless swing. The upbeat numbers (“When the Lights are Low”, “Destination Moon”) delicately propel themselves, defying the natural order of things. The ballads (“Time after Time”, “East of the Sun”) are lush and velvet. “They Can’t Take That Away From Me is a revelation.
Clairdee has a wonderful alto voice that she never uses to abuse The Canon. She sings straight ahead and in doing so provides these diamonds the respect warranted without being too reverential. A super initial effort making this critic beg for more, more!
Track Listing: When the Lights Are Low; Star Eyes; Tonight I Shall sleep with A Smile On My Face; I
Personnel: Clairdee: vocals; Ken French: Piano; John Wiitala; Eddie Marshall: Drums; Dmitri Matheny: Flugelhorn.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.