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Jackie Ryan - Doozy (2009)

31-12-2013, 07:04
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Jackie Ryan - Doozy (2009)

Artist: Jackie Ryan
Title Of Album: Doozy
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: OpenArtProductionsLLC and Jacqueline Ryan
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 112:23 Min
Total Size: 252 Mb


01. Doozy
02. You'll See
03. Caminhos Cruzados
04. Do Something
05. With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair
06. Speak Low
07. I Must Have That Man
08. Dat Dere
09. Beautiful Moons Ago
10. My How The Time Goes By

01. Opportunity Please Knock
02. I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do
03. Brigas Nunca Mais, A Felicidade
04. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
05. Solamente Una Vez
06. Summer Serenade
07. Get Rid Of Mondays
08. Midnight Sun
09. Tell Me More And More And Then Some
10. Some Other Time

Jackie Ryan: vocals
Eric Alexander: saxophone
Jeremy Pelt: trumpet, flugelhorn
Cyrus Chestnut: piano
Romero Lubambo: guitar
Ray Drummond: bass
Dezron Douglas: bass
Carl Allen: drums
Neal Smith: drums

Jackie Ryan is one of the premier jazz singers in North America who the general public is unaware of. Perhaps the release of Doozy will boost her image into that of a very fine interpreter of standards and Brazilian tunes. Her flexible and perfectly pitched voice allows her to sing a wide variety of songs, and she handles them all well. Ryan recruited a fine accompanist in pianist Cyrus Chestnut for this two-CD set, alongside east coast all-stars like drummer Carl Allen and bassist Ray Drummond, lesser-known west coasters bassist Neal Smith and bassist Dezron Douglas, and sidemen like trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and on the Brazilian tunes, guitarist Romero Lubambo. The program is very uneven in terms of upbeat numbers followed by downtempo ballads, and thus the listener experiences the jarring, immediate ups and downs. There's nothing at all wrong with the material, but it could have been lined up better. Ryan's voice goes through phases based on her many influences. She's quite fond of the Art Blakey/Jazz Messengers bluesy shuffle sound as heard on the lighter "Opportunity Please Knock" and the cuter take of "Dat Dere" where Pelt and Alexander play together quite nicely. Her homage to Betty Carter on "Do Something" starts slow, then goes crazy, while "Doozy" emphasizes a deeper toned vocalese with a fantastic solo scat à la Annie Ross. Ryan is clearly influenced by Sarah Vaughan during "Beautiful Moons Ago" where she adopts a huskier tone in a calypso stew, and cops Ernestine Anderson's persona from "Never Make Your Move Too soon" on "My How The Time goes On." The Brazilian numbers are sung in an impressively elucidated Portuguese, Benny Carter's "Summer Serenade" is tinged in bossa nova melancholy, and the ballad "Solamente Una Vez" with Lubambo is utterly gorgeous and sensual. There's a New Orleans shuffle buoying the come on flattery song "Tell Me More and More, and Then Some," while her louder, more operatic Vaughan-like vocal is pronounced on the lengthy, emotional "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." The musicianship from all involved is beyond reproach, and Ryan sounds comfortable on all fronts being accompanied by these players, to the point where it lifts her artistry to a higher level. Chestnut is his usual tasteful and sensitive self -- check him out on the intro of "Spring" for further evidence of his virtuosic powers. While this CD is very long for any one sitting, pick out favorite tracks and see if they don't become popular replays on your iPod or such similar device. (Review by Michael G. Nastos)

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balthaczar   User offline   4 March 2014 12:07

So many lady jazz singers.But only a few are the real thing.Jackie for sure is one of them. Excellent stuff. Thanks

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