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Having rediscovered her Moxie, the original lady of Manhattan Transfer has opted to take another shot at solo stuff. And though some of it harkens back to her ensemble work, Siegel uses the opportunity to explore a great deal of other avenues. From a coo through Goffin and King’s "Go Away Little Boy" to an absolutely poppin’ chant-along of "I Want You To Be My Baby," Siegel explores a variety of rhythms and moods. She has the competent assistance of pianist Cedar Walton, and occassional assistance from trumpeter Tom Herrell and sax master David "Fathead" Newman. Though her re-reading of "Guess Who I Saw Today" may have neither the suspicious build nor the vocal depth of Nancy Wilson’s signature version, "Don’t Go to Strangers" is full of soulful attraction. "The Late Late Show" keeps the set hopping and Siegel’s pairing of "Mr. Sandman" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me" is both clever and pretty, as is much of this well-produced collection.
Track Listing: 1. Just A Little Lovin'
2. I Want You To Be My Baby
3. Go Away Little Boy
4. Mr. Sandman/Dream A Little Dream Of Me
5. The Late Late Show
6. Don't Go To Strangers
7. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
8. Where Are You?
9. Guess Who I Saw Today?
10. I Wish You Love
11. The Big Hurt
Personnel: Janis Siegel - vocals
Winard Harper -- drums
Tom Harrell -- trumpett, flugelhorn
David "Fathead" Newman -- tenor saxophone, flute
Cedar Walton -- piano
Bill Ware -- vibraphone
David Williams -- bass
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.