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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lissy Walker: Wonderland

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Alice had many adventures in Wonderland: they could be fun, they could be touching, but they were seldom musical. Lissy Walker's second album, Wonderland, also provides lots of adventures--some fun, some touching, all musical.A quick glance at the song titles--"Something Wonderful," “Where Or When," “Isn't It Romantic?"--put this album fairly and squarely into American Songbook territory. A quick glance at the instrumentation--lap steel guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin--suggests that the territory is a bit further out west. But there's ...

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Take Five With Lissy Walker

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Meet Lissy Walker: Lissy Walker grew up in Berkeley, California. She studied piano and theatre as a child, and later formed her first jazz band under the tutorship of the legendary Phil Hardymon at Berkeley High School. She went on to study voice and theatre at UCLA and The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. She was in numerous theatrical productions, from New York's Public Theatre to San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. Lissy sang in bands, choirs, and musicals ...

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Lissy Walker: Life Is Sweet

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Life Is Sweet is the debut from Berkeley, California-based vocalist Lissy Walker. In an increasingly crowded pool of female jazz singers it's important to stand out from the norm: two things about Life Is Sweet ensure that Walker can do that. Firstly, there is Walker's song selection--a tasteful and unusual mix of standards and more left-field but high quality tunes. Secondly, there's her voice--a subtle but unmistakable hint of country music gives it a distinctive and emotive quality. At times, ...