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Deep and heartfelt, Lois Dawson’s delivery draws on the blues, Gospel, and jazz to offer ballads that contain dramatic tales of life and love. Her flexible voice, in the lower alto range, enables Dawson to remain clear and accurate while expressing with a full range of emotions. It’s difficult to guess an artist’s main influences, but the vocal presentation on Sunrise combines Sarah Vaughan’s round sound, Betty Carter’s imaginative pitch shaping, and Nnenna Freelon’s dramatic storytelling approach. A talented songwriter as well, Dawson wrote or co-wrote all but one piece for this session. The blues aura of "Will We Ever Learn," the swinging "Will We Ever Learn," the jazz tracks "No Goodbyes," "Incantations" and "Peace Offering," and the searing ballad "Desire" combine in one performance to certify the singer/songwriter’s versatility. More information may be found at http://www.loisdawson.com . Like a breath of fresh air, Daw! son’s vocals mark her as one artist deserving wider recognition because of her superb talents. Highly Recommended.
Track Listing: Sunrise (For Donald); Southern Summer Rain; Confessions of A Fool; Incantations; Comfort and Friend; Will We Ever Learn; No Goodbyes; Desire; Run Away with Me; Peace Offering.
Personnel: Lois Dawson- vocals; Gabe Evens- piano; Scott Sawyer- guitar; Bobby Cohen- drums; Carroll Dashiell- bass; Tom Browne- trumpet on "Incantations," "Will We Ever Learn" and "No Goodbyes"; Ira Wiggins- tenor saxophone on "Run Away with Me" and "Peace Offering", flute on "Southern Summer Rain" and "Incantations".
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.