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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Johanne Blouin has seen the light and shifted from pop to the more challenging and artistically rewarding jazz music. The French-Canadian singer has chosen a program of familiar material including classics, obligatory tunes by Joni Mitchell, and a Shirley Eikhard original. Her inaugural is made more auspicious by the company she keeps. Each sideman is a top of the list jazz craftsman and takes a turn sharing the spotlight. The interplay between Bobby Watson and Blouin on "You Don't Know What Love Is" stimulates performers and listeners. Watson's ending tremolos are a striking coda to an exceptional interpretation. The muted horn of Terell Stafford works behind Blouin on "My...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Johanne Blouin has seen the light and shifted from pop to the more challenging and artistically rewarding jazz music. The French-Canadian singer has chosen a program of familiar material including classics, obligatory tunes by Joni Mitchell, and a Shirley Eikhard original. Her inaugural is made more auspicious by the company she keeps. Each sideman is a top of the list jazz craftsman and takes a turn sharing the spotlight. The interplay between Bobby Watson and Blouin on "You Don't Know What Love Is" stimulates performers and listeners. Watson's ending tremolos are a striking coda to an exceptional interpretation. The muted horn of Terell Stafford works behind Blouin on "My Funny Valentine" much the way Harry Sweets Edison worked his magic with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Blouin uses some tracks to show off her considerable scat technique. Her wordless vocalizing opening for "Air Mail Special" recalls not only Ella Fitzgerald, but Les Brown's opening to his big-band hit " Lemon Drop." She has some fun interpolating "And the Angels Sing," "The Music Goes Round and Round," and "That's Amore"! Making them fit is one of the risks she takes during this session, pulling it off with aplomb. The rhythm section contributions to the album are immeasurable. John Hicks forsakes the usual route of the accompanist, not satisfied with mere comping, but adds subtle statements of his own during the vocals. This may fly against conventional wisdom, but once more it works. Curtis Lundy shares billing with Hicks as a major backer, letting Blouin ride his bassline on the opening of several tracks. Straight singing or scatting, ballad or up-tempo, this exemplary modern singer's first out-of-the-gate album is a winner.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2003
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944014125
  • Catalog Number: 141
  • Sales rank: 170,070

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johanne Blouin Primary Artist, Vocals
John Hicks Piano
Bobby Watson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Victor Lewis Drums
Curtis Lundy Bass
Terell Stafford Trumpet
Jason Jackson Trombone
Technical Credits
Ivan Lins Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Bobby Watson Arranger
Jim Anderson Engineer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Johanne Blouin Producer, Concept
Gene DePaul Composer
Vitor Martins Composer
Don Raye Composer
Allan Tucker Mastering
Jim West Producer
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