147

Stephanie Nakasian: Thrush Hour

By

Sign in to view read count
Stephanie Nakasian: Thrush Hour Stephanie Nakasian, who has been recording since the 1980s, has released an ambitious tribute to those singers she calls the "Great Ladies of Jazz." On Thrush Hour, the vocalist tries to connect to each of twenty female vocalists, going back as far as Bessie Smith.



Arranged in more or less chronological fashion, the album is almost like a compilation of the years in which these singers made their respective marks upon the world of vocal jazz. The contributions of Nakasian's septet are invaluable in establishing the settings on Thrush Hour, providing the feel of a post-War Swing session—and even earlier, for the material from vocalists including Bessie Smith ("A Good Man Is Hard To Find") and Ethel Waters ("Guess Who's In Town").



Nakasian is finely detailed in her recreation of the styles of vocal performances including Betty Roche's 1952 bebop take on "Take the 'A' Train," with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Anita O'Day-isms on "What Is This Thing Called Love." She also seems to have a knack for blues numbers like Helen Humes' "Million Dollar Secret" and the opening "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," both of which feature the band riffing behind her.



What is, perhaps, most interesting, is the omission of singer Maxine Sullivan as one of the "honorees" on this album, since Nakasian's style seems to come closest to the her. Although crediting "A Hundred Years from Today" to Lee Wiley and "Goody Goody" to Helen Ward, the influence of Maxine Sullivan on these songs seems more apparent. Nitpicking, perhaps, but the only fly in the ointment on this fine tribute.


Track Listing: A Good Man Is Hard to Find; Guess Who's In Town; Rockin' Chair; A Hundred Years From Today; It Don't Mean A Thing; Lullaby of the Leaves; Goody Goody; All Of Me; What Is This Thing Called Love; Moments Like This; Take The "A" Train; Day Dream; I Cried For You; Maybe; Too Late Now; Peel Me A Grape; Blue Gardenia; Street of Dreams; All That Jazz.

Personnel: Stephanie Nakasian: vocals; Hod O'Brien: piano; Randy Sandke: trumpet; Tom Hamilton: tenor sax; John Jensen: trombone; Howie Collins: guitar; Steve Gilmore: bass; Bill Goodwin: drums.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: V.S.O.P. Records | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Dancing Our Way To Death" CD/LP/Track Review Dancing Our Way To Death
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "A Room of One's Own" CD/LP/Track Review A Room of One's Own
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 10, 2016
Read "Waltz About Nothing" CD/LP/Track Review Waltz About Nothing
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "When In Moscow" CD/LP/Track Review When In Moscow
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 12, 2016
Read "Metal Na Madeira" CD/LP/Track Review Metal Na Madeira
by Jim Trageser
Published: January 6, 2017
Read "Niechęć" CD/LP/Track Review Niechęć
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!