Dreams & Shadows

Dreams & Shadows

by Judy Wexler
     
 

Rare is the jazz vocal CD that makes one stand up and take notice on the first hearing. But Judy Wexler achieves that reaction with her brilliant Dreams & Shadows, in part due to her instinctive ability to bring out the best in each song, often taking it into unfamiliar territory. The inventive arrangements by pianists Alan Pasqua and Jeff Colella (whoSee more details below

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Rare is the jazz vocal CD that makes one stand up and take notice on the first hearing. But Judy Wexler achieves that reaction with her brilliant Dreams & Shadows, in part due to her instinctive ability to bring out the best in each song, often taking it into unfamiliar territory. The inventive arrangements by pianists Alan Pasqua and Jeff Colella (who alternate at the keyboard) are also an important factor, along with their use of key soloists to add flavor to each chart. There are a number of familiar favorites: the driving post-bop setting of "Comes Love" utilizing Colella's altered harmonies; "If I Only Had a Brain" with Wexler's playful vocal accented by the bird-like chirps of Bob Shepherd's soprano sax; and Sonny Rollins' "Pent Up House," newly fitted with Jack Prather's lyrics and featuring Wexler's deft re-creation of Rollins' original solo. Several songs come from the world of pop. Wexler's sensitive handling of Pasqua's haunting arrangement of "One Less Bell to Answer" (a hit for the 5th Dimension) and the sassy bossa nova scoring of "Spooky" (popularized by the long forgotten Classics IV) accented by Gilbert Castellanos' sinewy muted trumpet are examples of looking for material in unexpected places. Her sensual rendition of Victor Young's "Dreams & Shadows (Delilah)" and engaging scatting in Jerome Kern's "In Love in Vain" revive two gems by two masters of the Great American Songbook. Judy Wexler deserves widespread recognition for her outstanding CD.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2008
Label:
Jazzed Media
UPC:
0015882056922
catalogNumber:
1031
Rank:
93126

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Wexler   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bob Sheppard   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Woodwind
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Darek Oles   Bass
Tollak Ollestad   Harmonica
Alan Pasqua   Piano
Jeff Colella   Piano
Steve Hass   Drums

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Blossom Dearie   Composer
Sonny Rollins   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Alan Pasqua   Arranger
Paulo César Pinheiro   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Frank Rosolino   Composer
Ben Sidran   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Jeff Colella   Arranger
Mike Shapiro   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Jack Segal   Composer
Sidney Wyche   Composer
Tracy Mann   Composer
Mayme Watts   Composer
Carlos Del Rosario   Engineer
Harry Middlebrooks   Composer
Dory Caymmi   Composer
Jack Prather   Composer
Barbara Brighton   Audio Production

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