Dreams & Shadows

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • UPC: 015882056922
  • Catalog Number: 1031
  • Sales rank: 391,951

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
Ron McMaster Mastering
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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