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Easy on the Heart

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the jazz world, there is a joke that goes like this: how many vocalists does it take to sing "My Funny Valentine"? All of them. That joke is a response to what can be called the "warhorse factor" -- that is, improvisers who stick to the most overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses and don't do anything unusual with them something that instrumentalists and singers are both guilty of. It isn't that the improvisers are performing bad material; no one is saying that "My Funny Valentine" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay" aren't great songs, but they're songs that have been totally beaten to death -- and the fact is that jazz artists who perform warhorses exclusively are just plain ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the jazz world, there is a joke that goes like this: how many vocalists does it take to sing "My Funny Valentine"? All of them. That joke is a response to what can be called the "warhorse factor" -- that is, improvisers who stick to the most overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses and don't do anything unusual with them something that instrumentalists and singers are both guilty of. It isn't that the improvisers are performing bad material; no one is saying that "My Funny Valentine" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay" aren't great songs, but they're songs that have been totally beaten to death -- and the fact is that jazz artists who perform warhorses exclusively are just plain lazy. Well, no one will accuse Judy Wexler's debut album, Easy on the Heart, of being plagued by the warhorse factor. The California vocalist obviously realizes that worthwhile songs don't just come from Tin Pan Alley, and she successfully brings her interpretive powers to everything from Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," the Beatles' "In My Life," and Henry Mancini's "Moment to Moment" to Abbey Lincoln's "I'm in Love." Wexler includes some Tin Pan Alley material as well -- most notably, Jerome Kern's "Nobody Else But Me" and Irving Berlin's "I Got Lost in His Arms" -- but even then, she doesn't go for the beaten-to-death warhorses. Of course, having an interesting, far-reaching repertoire wouldn't mean much if Wexler couldn't sing -- and thankfully, she has a big, appealing voice and a healthy sense of swing to go with her broad-minded song selection. Hard-swinging but with a definite romantic streak, Wexler is someone admirers of Abbey Lincoln or Dianne Reeves should have no problem getting into -- and she's someone who shows a lot of promise on her memorable debut album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Rhombus Records
  • UPC: 768707704828
  • Catalog Number: 7048
  • Sales rank: 131,493

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Wexler Primary Artist
Bob Sheppard Bass Clarinet, Saxophone
Steve Campos Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Darek Oles Bass
Alan Pasqua Piano
Tim Pleasant Drums
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Meredith d'Ambrosio Composer
Norman Simmons Composer
Oscar Brown Jr. Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Abbey Lincoln Composer
Peter Doell Engineer
Geoff Gillette Engineer, Mastering
Charlie Haden Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Arthur Hamilton Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Alan Pasqua Arranger
Victor Young Composer
M. Fisher Composer
J. Segal Composer
Alan Weissman Cover Photo, Insert Photography
Carlos Del Rosario Engineer, Mastering
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