142

Jenny Davis: It Amazes Me

By

Sign in to view read count
Jenny Davis: It Amazes Me Jenny Davis is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She studied with jazz vocalist Beth Winter and graduated cum laude from Cornish College, where she was awarded the prestigious Maggie Hawthorne Scholarship. While she was still a student, Davis formed a jazz trio, sang lead vocals for JIm Knapp's Big Band and played in just about every jazz venue in Seattle.

This is Davis' second album; her debut appeared in 2000. It Amazes Me consists of a dozen standards and jazz standards with one original that provide a fine opportunity for the singer and her combo to shine. Jenny Davis has chosen a well-balanced mix of the old and new, except for one misstep, which was to open the album trying to breathe life into the tired "It Don't Mean A Thing."

Davis follows that with a unusual medley of "What'll I Do"/"The Tennessee Waltz." On this medley and the following version of Mel Torme's "Born to be Blue," there are some impressive obbligatos from saxophonists Chuck Easton and Willy Ingersoll. On Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring," Davis enters via vocalese and swings the uncredited lyrics with a tasty alto solo from Ingersoll and guitar work from Easton. Jobim's "Dindi" is given the ballad treatment; Easton switches to flute to complement the singer.

Davis also goes on to explore the title tune, a Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh 1960s ballad, and the childhood intracacies of the Oscar Brown, Jr. classic, "Dat Dere." She also surprises us with a version of Victor Young's "Beautiful Love," beginning in ballad tempo and then heading into a swinging pace. All of the compositions are well handled, but I was especially drawn to the mid-tempo tracks, like "Just Squeeze Me," where Davis finds just the right combination of shading and improvisation.


Track Listing: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing); What'll I Do/The Tennessee Waltz; Born to be Blue; Joy Spring; Dindi; It Amazes Me; Dat Dere; Make Someone Happy; Beautiful Love; Scrapple From the Apple; Honeysuckle Rose; You Don't Know What Love Is; Answer the Call; Just Squeeze Me.

Personnel: Jenny Davis: vocals; Willy Ingersoll: alto saxophone; Chuck Easton: guitar: flute: alto saxophone; George Radebaugh: piano: accordion; Ted Enderle: bass; Tim Sheffel: drums.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Fugitive Beauté" CD/LP/Track Review Fugitive Beauté
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 11, 2016
Read "In Layers" CD/LP/Track Review In Layers
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 13, 2017
Read "Old Door Phantoms" CD/LP/Track Review Old Door Phantoms
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 5, 2016
Read "Rough Boundaries" CD/LP/Track Review Rough Boundaries
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: July 31, 2016
Read "Dogs" CD/LP/Track Review Dogs
by Doug Collette
Published: February 28, 2016
Read "Border Crossing" CD/LP/Track Review Border Crossing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!