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Mary Pearson

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Mary Pearson — musically speaking — sprang fully grown onto the jazz scene in 2000, or so it would seem to the world outside of a 30 New York mile radius. She’s been described as singing “under the radar” but since the release of You And I on the Arkadia Jazz label that description no longer holds true. Ms. Pearson is the first vocalist signed to the four-time Grammy nominated Arkadia Jazz label. “Mary’s distinctive sound sold me,” says label founder Bob Karcy. “There is character in what she sings and character in how she sings it.” That assessment proves to be a continuingly widespread one

Album

You and I

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2000

Album

For You Alone

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2000

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Mary Pearson: You and I

Read "You and I" reviewed by Dave Hughes


Vocalist Mary Pearson's CD You and I is interesting in that each song is a duet in which she is accompanied by a lone instrument. It may be a piano (Lynne Arriale on four tunes, Fred Hersch on two), a guitar, a bass, or on two tunes, drums. While Pearson doesn't delve into scat singing or ...

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Mary Pearson: You and I

Read "You and I" reviewed by Dave Nathan


When Nashville is mentioned, jazz, especially jazz vocalizing, is not the first thing that comes to mind - - in fact, it's likely to come to mind at all for most. Pearson comes from and works out of the country musical capitol of the world, and has been doing so for some time now. With this ...

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Mary Pearson: You And I

Read "You And I" reviewed by AAJ Staff


As Arkadia slowly but surely builds a label, it now adds its first singer, Mary Pearson Mary Pearson. “And who is Mary Pearson Mary Pearson?" non-New Yorkers may ask. Well, Mary Pearson Mary Pearson has been singing below the national radar screen for 20 years or thereabouts, with the likes of Fred Hersch and recently with ...

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Mary Pearson: You and I

Read "You and I" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


You and I is a disc that had to grow on me over several listenings. And grow on me it did. My first spin left me mostly unmoved. The music and approach were interesting, but not novel. The concept of a vocal duet with various instruments is nothing new. It is not really that far out ...


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