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If You Never Come to Me
     

If You Never Come to Me

by Monica Hatch
 
Monica Hatch, who studied with soprano Eleanor Steber, is an exception to the generally held supposition that classically trained singers can't be successful jazz singers because the basic premise of each is different (i.e., the classical genre allows no room for improvisation). Yet both musical classes allow for interpretative

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Monica Hatch, who studied with soprano Eleanor Steber, is an exception to the generally held supposition that classically trained singers can't be successful jazz singers because the basic premise of each is different (i.e., the classical genre allows no room for improvisation). Yet both musical classes allow for interpretative expression and the release of personal emotions. It just takes hard work to cross over between the two genres and remain credible in each. Hatch goes a long way on her debut album to earn her spurs as a singer of songs associated with jazz. While there's some up-tempo material, Hatch pretty much stays with slower and medium-paced arrangements. One result is that the purity of her voice and smart use of phrasing are highlighted. She squeezes out the maximum feeling each tune has to offer, such as the indolent mood of "The Gentle Rain," a mood John Lockwood's arco bass helps establish, to a sense of anticipation on " A Time for Love" with a backdrop by Steve Cancelli's guitar and Mike Turk's harmonica. Hatch chooses the Annie Ross favorite "Farmer's Market" to do vocalese. Although passable, Hatch is not yet completely at ease with this branch of jazz singing. Her scatting skills are better displayed on a rarely heard Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart "Do It the Hard Way." Paul Broadnax is not only on piano and contributing several of the arrangements, but also joins Hatch to take bop standard "Anthropology" on a happy four-minute excursion into the land of wordless vocalizing. While Hatch is the main attraction, the sidemen get plenty of space to play as a group, as on "Dancing on the Ceiling" or as soloists on virtually every track. This inaugural effort is a winner and portends well for this New England performer.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/1995
Label:
BROWNSTONE RECORDS
UPC:
0783572956226
catalogNumber:
956

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Tracks

  1. Do It the Hard Way
  2. The Gentle Rain
  3. Anthropology
  4. You Must Believe in Spring
  5. Uma Bencao
  6. If You Never Come to Me
  7. Farmer's Market
  8. How Insensitive
  9. Dancing on the Ceiling
  10. A Time for Love
  11. Samba Do Nando
  12. Danny Boy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monica Hatch   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alfredo Cardim   Piano
Peter Kontrimas   Bass
John Lockwood   Bass
Mike Turk   Harmonica
Edson Lobo   Bass
Paul Broadnax   Piano,Vocals
Joe Hunt   Percussion,Drums
Tita Lobo   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Alfredo Cardim   Arranger
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Peter Kontrimas   Engineer
Paul Broadnax   Arranger
Joe Hunt   Arranger
Monica Hatch   Arranger,Producer
Dan Gewertz   Liner Notes
Tita Lobo   Arranger
Peggy Isaacson   Graphic Design
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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