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Beegie Adair: Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio

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Beegie Adair: Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio The true beauty of any Beegie Adair recording is that it will be straight down the middle mainstream jazz. It is money in the bank. Adair's 50-year career has found her leading her jazz trio, writing advertising jingles and accompanying vocalists, as she does on the present Monica Ramey and the Beegie Adair Trio. Ramey, a native of the midwest, take a predictably conservative approach to the Great American Songbook. Her doing so does us the favor of reminding us of jazz's most sturdy and enduring legacies, the assimilation and transformation of Tin Pan Alley and Show Tunes into the fabric of the American music vernacular.

Ramey and Adair together create a certain low-key synergy, something like the momentum achieved when a large object starts to move. That large object is the repertoire and the singer and pianist have launched it against a zero coefficient of friction making the music seem to float regardless of its historic baggage. The tempi are breezy to brisk and the arrangements are dependable. The additions of trumpeter George Tidwell and saxophonist Denis Solee are well placed in the overall scheme of the recording. This is a very able recording to remind us of the simple pleasure of cocktail hour jazz: not too demanding and superbly played.


Track Listing: As Long As I Live; I Thought About You; I’ll Close My Eyes; Witchcraft; This Could Be The Start of Something Big; Change Partners; Oh! Look At Me Now; Lullaby Of The Leaves; Fly Away; You Fascinate Me So; Whisper Not; It Amazes Me; Will You Still Be Mine?; Why Did I Choose You?

Personnel: Monica Ramey: vocals; Beegie Adair: piano; Roger Spencer: bass; Chris Brown: drums; George Tidwell: trumpet, flugelhorn; Denis Solee: saxophones, flute.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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