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Jenny Davis: Rearranged

Read "Rearranged" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


The first listen is simply heating the snifter to introduce the complex and commanding music made as essence to the listener. The second and subsequent listenings consumes the musical liquor of the talent and vision of vocalist and composer Jenny Davis, who reveals a very sophisticated creative method existing at the triple point of her singing, composing and activism. Davis's previous recordings It Amazes Me (Self Produced, 2006) and Inside You (Self Produced, 2010) were well received, setting Davis up ...

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Jenny Davis: Inside You

Read "Inside You" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jenny Davis' It Amazes Me (Self Produced, 2006) was a relaxed tuneful affair employing a crack quintet capable of multiple layers of musicianship. For Inside You, Davis whittles her quintet to a duo, featuring her regular guitarist Chuck Easton, and bassist Ted Enderle, furnishing a stripped-down swing that depends on its own momentum with which to propel it. From the near orchestral duet with Easton on “When Your Lover Has Gone" to the brilliantly spare duet with Enderle on “Softly, ...

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Jenny Davis: It Amazes Me

Read "It Amazes Me" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Jenny Davis is a Seattle-based jazz vocalist who lives in Port Townsend, Washington. She studied with jazz vocalist Beth Winter and graduated cum laude from Cornish College, where she was awarded the prestigious Maggie Hawthorne Scholarship. While she was still a student, Davis formed a jazz trio, sang lead vocals for JIm Knapp's Big Band and played in just about every jazz venue in Seattle.

This is Davis' second album; her debut appeared in 2000. It Amazes Me ...

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Jenny Davis: It Amazes Me

Read "It Amazes Me" reviewed by Jim Santella


In a relaxed, acoustic setting with jazz standards filling the room, Seattle vocalist Jenny Davis combines her comfortable demeanor with a throwback charm that recalls those who have come before. Through her lyric interpretations and wordless scat singing, we can feel the distant memories of masters like Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé.

Comparisons can be cruel, of course. However, Davis prefers to sing 'em the way they've been done before. She brings back the memories by ...


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