A hidden treasure from southern California, jazz singer Mary Ann Douglas writes her own songs and lyrics. Each of her four albums, released over the past ten years, proves unique in that manner. Original material means pleasant surprises. In all, Douglas' four albums contain sixty-four songs that are fascinating for their comfortable allure and for the convincing delivery that she offers them. Working with an all-star ensemble, the singer warms with an intimacy that defines pure jazz and blues from the inside out.
With Unfinished Business Douglas moves onward and upward as she takes this winning performance up a few notches. It's all about heart and her genuine delivery. Mundell Lowe's eclectic arranging gives the session a bright array of light, Latin textures, deep blues, slow, soulful ballads and up-tempo romps. The album's title track and several others ooze with an earthy blues quality, while Douglas makes herself comfortable with the music's cool flow.
Her lyrics tell stories; the kind that keep you thinking about why things work out the way they do. The singer keeps you wondering about the tales, while her ensemble wraps the music in a gentle jazz framework that flows naturally. Like Mary Ann Douglas' previous albums, Unfinished Business comes recommended for its heartfelt charm and for its pure jazz projection.
Track Listing: Move Over, Blues; Something ĎBout the Moon; Donít Know How; Look What Youíve Done Now; Never Ever, My Love; Danciní With the Devil; In Better Times; Reverie; Unfinished Business; What Kind of Love is This?; Before Life Got to You; Love Makes Martyrs of Us All; The Hardest Thing I Do; Loveís Waiting; Give Me Back My Soul; When Will I Get Over You?; Thatís What You Do; The Way It Always Is.
Personnel: Mary Ann Douglas: vocals; Mundell Lowe: electric guitar, acoustic guitar; John Rekevics: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute; Rob Whitlock: piano, keyboards; Bob Magnusson: acoustic bass; Jim Plank: percussion.
Year Released: 2007
| Record Label: Magdalene
| Style: Vocal
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.