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Teraesa Vinson: Opportunity Please Knock

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Vocalist Teraesa Vinson's debut album, Opportunity Please Knock , opens with a deceivingly innocent interpretation of "What A Difference a Day Made." She begins with an uncomplicated duet with bassist Nicki Parrot, which develops into a refined quartet. The track blossoms into a raucous swing that proves Vinson and her group mean business. Theraesa Vinson's sass and personality radiate throughout this album, yet never in excess.

Vinson possesses a keen ear in respect to harmonic choices when she strays from the written melody. Her natural rhythmic drive is clearly evident throughout this disc. The intuitive nature of the musical rapport between Vinson and drummer Dion Parson is undeniable with a perfectly placed hit during a climactic chorus of "What a Difference a Day Made."

One of several highlights on the album is Vinson's recording of Bonnie Raitt's pop hit "I Can't Make You Love Me." This selection shows Vinson's versatility and willingness to "sing outside the box" that is often associated with jazz. Ron Blake's ardent tenor playing on this track strikes a bright contrast to the previous introspective mood. His solo is heartfelt and true testament to what a seasoned jazz musician can create with any song regardless of genre.

Vinson's maturity is further demonstrated by her ease in handling the tempo of "The Song is You." Despite the breakneck speed and dazzling riffs by her band, Vinson remains restrained, not rushing to spit out the words or ever overwhelming the listener. Throughout this album, newcomer Teraesa Vinson gracefully finds a natural balance of song, improvisation, and musicians, creating an exceptional album debut.


Track Listing: What a Difference a Day Made; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes; Moon Ray; I Can't Make You Love Me; While We're Young; I've Got the World On a String; The Song Is You; Young and Foolish; A Beautiful Friendship; The Way You Look Tonight; Oppurtunity Please Knock

Personnel: Teraesa Vinson, Vocals; Ron Blake, Saxophone; Tom Dempsey, Guitar; Carlton Holmes, Piano; Dion Parson, Drums; Nicki Parrot, Bass

Title: Opportunity Please Knock | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Amplified Records


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