On several instances in this collection of previously unreleased material, Patty Waters appears so unexpected, so revealing, that hearing her feels like eavesdropping. Delicate, sensitive, and slightly melancholic, Waters sings of the off-center tones in love and life. Spanning 1960-79, You Thrill Me features many of Waters' solo ballads on piano, avoiding all of her more provocative free jazz excursions.
The collection begins with a light-hearted, jazzy jingle for Jax Beer, a now defunct New Orleans brewery. Though meant to be merry, Waters' breathy, hushed style suggests otherwise. It is this mercurial trait of joy tempered by sorrow that prevails throughout this collection. Pieces like "Why Can't I Come to You," "At Last I Found You," and "Georgia" seem intent on warming the soul through pensive, painstaking measures. When Waters displays a greater vocal range, as on "Fine and Mellow" and "Lover Man," the results blossom with more blues and greater force. Her piano and compositional skills are highlighted on the fourteen-minute "Touched by Rodin In a Paris Museum." Though she does not sing on this take, the mood remains the same. A far more mature voice concludes the set, with Waters doing a lovely version of "Spring Is Here."
Along with the music, this release by San Francisco-based Water label has several enlightening outtakes between the singer and her recording engineer on "You Thrill Me," "Why Can't I Come to You," and "At Last I Found You." They shed further light on this delicate artist and greater appreciation of her robust art.
Track Listing: Jax Beer Commercial/ You Thrill Me/ Why Can't I Come to You/ At Last I
Found You/ Georgia/ At Last I Found You/ For All We Know/ I Love You Honey/ Love
Is The Warmth of Togetherness/ Please Make Love to Me/ At Last I Know/ Fine and
Mellow/ Lover Man/ Touched by Rodin In a Paris Museum/ Spring Is Here
Personnel: Patty Waters- vocals, piano; Don Kaplan- piano; Joe Newman- trumpet
Year Released: 2005
| Record Label: Water
| Style: Vocal
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!