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Nancy Wilson: Turns to Blue

Read "Nancy Wilson: Turns to Blue" reviewed by Andrew Velez

..Last night FM radio was on R&B and it was 'Ready Or Not'. ...I was just by myself dancing. And it was oh, my! ...I came out of R&B. ...That's why when people try to put me in a box, like no! There are certain songs I hear, like The Stylistics--oooooh! ... 'You Make Me Feel Brand New' ...my husband and I, that was our song! Reminiscing is the svelte, statuesque (5' 8 ½ ) and still ...

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Nancy Wilson: Turned To Blue

Read "Turned To Blue" reviewed by Andrew Velez

Call Nancy Wilson an old fashioned singer. She sings on key. You can understand every lyric. There's no trickery, just putting the song out there straight ahead. Her careful considerations of what she's singing result in a crispy heat that resides in the domain of the peerless Carmen McRae's elegant “less is more style. This Grammy-nominated set follows up Wilson's 2005 Grammy-winning R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs Very Personal). She brands songs with her own tough-edged warmth. Durham & ...

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Nancy Wilson: Turned to Blue

Read "Turned to Blue" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

One of the hardest things for a fan to do is watch a premier athlete or entertainer begin to falter and show the first signs that age has begun to compromise their talent. It was saddening to watch Muhammad Ali unable to fend off Larry Holmes. It was troubling to watch the great Michael Jordan being schooled by Allen Iverson. Now it is becoming obvious than in the sunset of her career, Nancy Wilson isn't quite the vocalist she once ...

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Nancy Wilson: Turned to Blue

Read "Turned to Blue" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

This recording is like heirloom silver: finely etched and gleaming with a rich and mellow sheen. Its many delights include top-level players, excellent arrangements and production values, and a variety of configurations from a smoking all-star big band to intimate quartets. There are also great solo turns by the likes of John Clayton, James Moody, Bob Mintzer, Hubert Laws, Tom Scott, Dave Samuels, Andy Narrell and Billy Taylor.

Then there's the introduction of splendid new material, including a great breakup ...

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Nancy Wilson: RSVP

Read "RSVP" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

As she says in her opening line, “Some things are worth waiting for," Nancy Wilson presents a collection of vintage jazz that is well worth the wait. Listening to RSVP (rare songs, very personal) is like finally popping the cork to a prized bottle after decades of anticipation.

Joined by Toots Thielemans on harmonica and saxman Phil Woods, Wilson delivers a charming opener, “An Older Man Is Like an Elegant Wine," a title that not only expresses admiration for masculine ...

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Nancy Wilson: R.S.V.P.

Read "R.S.V.P. " reviewed by Jim Santella

As Nancy Wilson sings about having her troubles evaporate, she must surely realize that her music has had that effect on us for ages. Just one listen, and we know. Her performances rescue us from our daily doldrums and elevate our mood for keeps.

In late 2002 and early 2003, she recorded with different ensembles at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh. Her intimate studio performances are some of the best ever.

She works with strings, ...

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Nancy Wilson: The Essence of Nancy Wilson (Sampler)

Read "The Essence of Nancy Wilson (Sampler)" reviewed by AAJ Staff

For decades, Nancy Wilson has been combining the best of Sarah Vaughan and Jimmy Scott with her own passion and personality. Now her greatness can be absorbed and appreciated in one package. Opening with her signature duet with Cannonball Adderley, “Save Your Love for Me," this sampler whets the whistle on established favorites and previously unreleased tracks. These tunes will surely make the 2002 box set from which they have been taken popular and enduring.

From the ...

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Nancy Wilson: A Nancy Wilson Christmas

Read "A Nancy Wilson Christmas" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Veteran singer Nancy Wilson has put together an impressive cast for her 2001 holiday CD on Telarc. This CD is the latest installment in the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) Jazz series, and all proceeds go to benefit the MCG’s arts and learning center in Pittsburgh. The arrangements and players are superb! The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band add that irresistible big band swing to “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, “Silver Bells”, and “God Rest ...

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Nancy Wilson: A Nancy Wilson Christmas

Read "A Nancy Wilson Christmas" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Jazz singers come and go, sometimes so fast that if you blink your eyes you'll miss them. It is gratifying and comforting to bask in the warmth of that small bevy of vocalists who have been around a long time and, like fine wines, age well and maintain a steady output of albums. Nancy Wilson is a member of good standing in this group and time has treated her vocal chords quite favorably.

Wilson made her first album as a ...