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Take Five With Antoinette Montague

Read "Take Five With Antoinette Montague" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Antoinette Montague:Antoinette Montague likes to say she simply sings “people music." Make no mistake about it, she is a jazz singer through and through, but one who pushes the genre's boundaries. On her new recording, Behind the Smile, Montague sings classic jazz standards (new and old), resurrects lovely-but-obscure melodies, blends in blues and gospel through her vocal shadings, and puts entirely new jazz arrangements to material from other genres such as R&B, classic soul and pop.

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Antoinette Montague: Behind The Smile

Read "Behind The Smile" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Antoinette Montague shows what is Behind the Smile--eclectic taste and strong delivery. She is joined by choice company on this outing: Mulgrew Miller (piano), Bill Easley (saxophone, clarinet and flute), Peter Washington (bass) and drummer Kenny Washington, who doubles as producer. Montague's programmatic choices are a varied mix, including blues, soul, the Great American Songbook, two Motown numbers and the original title track. She travels through these different genres without being tied down to any of them, ...

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Antoinette Montague: Behind the Smile

Read "Behind the Smile" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

With every smile is a story. Singer Antoinette Montague explores this concept with Behind the Smile, a collection of 13 songs that represent things that have influenced the smiles in her life. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Montague has performed at a variety of venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Jazzmobile's Summer Breeze concert series and the Zebra Room in Harlem's Lenox Lounge. Accompanying her on this effort are woodwind player Bill Easley, pianist ...

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Antoinette Montague: Pretty Blues

Read "Pretty Blues" reviewed by Jim Santella

Antoinette Montague works with a top-notch ensemble for this project. The other musicians provide her vibrant voice with a cohesive sound that mellows all around her with a deeply felt blues spirit. Hence the title Pretty Blues, which emphasizes the luster that fills the room.

The New York-based singer has an active career that spans several genres. Gospel, blues, swing and jazz have armed her with innumerable tools that allow her to express herself naturally with strong emotions. ...


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