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The Uptown Jazz Collective makes a strong impression on She Do What She Do, fitting firmly into several grooves. The group is as much at ease singing the blues as it is filtering the essence of jazz, and giving gospel a big slab of souleven delving into poetry.
The band is tight and swings deliciously, creating some fine aural textures that not only complement, but also draw a tangent to, baritone vocalist T.C. III. The singer is in fine voice, an impressive presence as at ease with a ballad as he is with the blues. And when he scats, he sizzles with energy.
"Moanin'" captures the band perfectly. T.C. brings in an emotional depth that is carried, at first, by baritone saxophonist BJ Jansen, who balances a deep furrow with swaying lines. Pianist Marcus Persiani's exhilarating run pumps up the mood, and adds another dimension to an excellent reworking of the tune.
Warm intonation marks "Yesterdays." T.C. draws out the words in an exclamation of intense feeling that coils the song. He gives Jensen the path on which to set up a cocoon of rich harmonies, before he spins open the intricate web in a striking soliloquy.
Floyd Davis invigorates "Latin" with his spoken words. The beat moves from funk to hip-hop, and to jazz as poetry nestles comfortably against scat. Though it moves away from the grain, it is still a valid reference point.
The canvas is wide but the Uptown Jazz Collective colors it with captivating hues.
Track Listing: Intro; Psalm 150; Moanin'; Dear Old Stockholm; She Do What She Do; Yesterdays; Real Talk; Latin; She Do What She Do (Alternate take).
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com