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Cynthia Felton: Cynthia Felton Sings The Nancy Wilson Classics: Save Your Love For Me

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Dr. Cynthia Felton dots all the i's and crosses all the t's when putting together an album. She's a detail-oriented singer with enough smarts, business savvy, and musical skill to pull off whatever type of project she wants to pursue, be it a salute to a woefully under-appreciated figure like Oscar Brown Jr. or a tribute to jazz's most lauded figure--the great Duke Ellington. For her third tribute album, and fourth album overall, Felton turns her attention to the work ...

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Cynthia Felton: Freedom Jazz Dance

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Cynthia Felton has released two exceptionally well-conceived concept recordings in Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown (Self Produced, 2009) and Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington (Self Produced, 2010). She makes a partial break with this refined focus to release a collection of personal favorite standards on Freedom Jazz Dance. Like her two previous recordings, Felton has opted to employ a variety of musicians as available as opposed to a single unit. Clearly, there is no reason to ...

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Cynthia Felton: Freedom Jazz Dance

Read "Freedom Jazz Dance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Vocalist/academic Cynthia Felton established herself right out of the gate with two artist-specific tribute albums that were stacked with A-list guests and highlighted her supple and soulful vocals. Felton's debut--Afro Blue: The Music Of Oscar Brown (Self Produced, 2009)--was a welcome nod to an underappreciated figure in jazz, and her journey through the world of constantly lauded jazz giant Duke Ellington was a worthy follow-up, but a third single-figure album would have been too predictable. Instead, Felton wisely broke from ...

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Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday: The Music Of Duke Ellington

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Vocalist Cynthia Felton turned a lot of heads with her debut, Afro Blue: The Music Of Oscar Brown Jr. (Self Produced, 2009), and her sophomore effort is bound to gain even more attention. While Brown is an important, if often overlooked figure, Felton ups the ante with her honoree of choice here. Duke Ellington is considered by many to be the alpha and omega of jazz. Artists have been paying tribute to Ellington for generations with single ...

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Cynthia Felton: Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington

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Dr. Cynthia Felton made quite the splash with her self-produced debut, Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown, Jr. (2009). In the spirit of well-assembled theme recordings like Karrin Allyson's Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane (Concord, 2001) and Todd Bishop's Pop Art 4 disc, 69 Annee Erotique, Afro Blue is a solid look at a master's craft of writing lyrics for jazz pieces. Felton treads more familiar territory on Come Sunday: The Music of Duke Ellington, undertaking the ...

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Cynthia Felton: Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown, Jr.

Read "Afro Blue: The Music of Oscar Brown, Jr." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Oscar Brown, Jr. (1926-2005) was a man of many talents and interests. Brown could count himself as a singer, songwriter, arranger, playwright, poet, and civil right activist with political proclivities. In jazz, Brown is best remembered for providing lyrics to many instrumental jazz standards, including Miles Davis' “All Blues" and Bobby Timmons' “Dat Dere."

Dr. Cynthia Felton is a woman of many talents and interests. Felton serves as the Artistic Director for The Ethnomusicology Library of American Heritage. She sports ...


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