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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 was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.