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Vocalist and pianist Teri Thornton recorded a number of albums in the early 60s and then virtually disappeared from the scene. I'll Be Easy To Find finds Ms. Thornton, now 64-years-old, in fine form, her voice still strong. Thornton’s vocal interpretations display the kind of maturity and sincerity often born of hard times. The opening track, her signature Somewhere In The Night, evokes memories of Carmen and Sarah. Thornton swings gently through I Believe In You and then scats Ella-like on the classic It Ain’t Necessarily So. Few jazz artists have “covered” The Lord’s Prayer. That makes her emotive rendition, augmented by Jerome Richardson’s alto solo, a unique addition to the program. Two Thornton originals, Feels Good and Salty Mama, showcase her bluesy/funky side. With this release, I don’t expect Teri Thornton to “disappear” this time around. I'll Be Easy To Find should keep this gutsy performer in the spotlight for good. (####)
Jazz is a creative explosion of individual freedom and communication.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was a kid. My father had a music store.
The best live performance I ever attended was Kenny Garrett in Harlem, New York.
The first jazz record I bought was Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins.
My advice to new listeners is keep listening!