Introducing Robin McKelle

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Vocalist Robin McKelle’s jazz profile is in excellent order. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, McKelle went on to place as a finalist in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition. With Introducing this more-than-promising singer continues her exploration of the venerated jazz vocal tradition, expertly interpreting such enduring standards as “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “For All We Know,” “Deep in a Dream” and even the Andrews Sisters' Swing-era hit “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön.” McKelle’s focus and energy -- not to mention sturdy pipes and terrific taste -- make her a diva-in-training to keep a sharp eye ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Vocalist Robin McKelle’s jazz profile is in excellent order. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, McKelle went on to place as a finalist in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition. With Introducing this more-than-promising singer continues her exploration of the venerated jazz vocal tradition, expertly interpreting such enduring standards as “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “For All We Know,” “Deep in a Dream” and even the Andrews Sisters' Swing-era hit “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön.” McKelle’s focus and energy -- not to mention sturdy pipes and terrific taste -- make her a diva-in-training to keep a sharp eye on.
All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The debut of vocalist Robin McKelle is a throwback to an earlier era, when singers were backed by big bands as they sang songs destined to become standards. Although McKelle doesn't break new ground in her interpretations of this material and doesn't take many chances, she is an expressive performer, opening with an exuberant, slightly breathy "Something's Gotta Give," followed by an enchanting cha cha treatment of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen." Vocalist Robbie Wykoff joins her for her a duet of "You've Brought a New Kind of Love to Me." She's clearly having fun in "Yes, My Darling Daughter," a forgotten number from the big band era, with a brief detour into a Latin setting. The orchestra, which sometimes adds a string section, brings life to the charts adapted or transcribed by trumpeter Willie Murillo and trombonist David Stout, while the band includes veteran jazz instrumentalists like clarinetist Gary Foster, guitarist Larry Koonse and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • Label: Cheap Lullaby
  • UPC: 875929001021
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 161,319

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin McKelle Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Gary Foster Clarinet
Glenn Berger Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Bernie Dresel Percussion, Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Ray Herrmann Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Larry Koonse Guitar, Soloist
Andy Martin Bass Trombone, Soloist
Reggie McBride Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob Shepard Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
David Stout Trombone
Don Clark Trumpet
Brian Scanlon Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Soloist
Peggy Baldwin Strings
Mark Visher Tenor Saxophone
Paul Klintworth French Horn
Kathleen Robertson Strings
Quinn Johnson Piano
Willie Murillo Trumpet, Soloist
Charlie Morillis Trombone
Technical Credits
George Landress Engineer
David Stout Adaptation
Peggy Baldwin String Contractor
Requiem Audio Production
Nancy Matter Mastering
Richard Furch Engineer
Willie Murillo Arranger, Producer, Adaptation, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Robin Mckelle

    I been waiting my whole life for a female jazz vocalist that gets it! Robin has taken the jazz standards to a new standard. HER STANDARD!Every song is a classic, and she does wonders throughout. "Night & Day", stands out above the rest, and if Cole were alive today, I think he'd be pleased. Do yourself a favor,and Pick up this cd!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice work

    Robin's voice is, no doubt, top knotch. Same goes for the outstanding band which nails the arrangements every time! However, it seems Robin is less in touch with the lyrics - "Bei Mir Bist du Schon" feels overdone and many of the other songs lack the relaxed and effortless approach that the the great singers of the past have mastered. There is something to be said for the "subtle" approach. Vocal acrobatics aren't necessary and Robin's voice is just wonderful when she isn't pushing - I recommend putting this on shuffle with other big band selections by the late greats - it fits in nicely - and hearing these tracks mixed in rather than one on top of the other won't overwhelm the listener.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love this Lady

    I really like how the 50's theme is comming back into play here in the music industry. McKelle is a great perfomer and i enjoy the intensity of her love for music. It's traditional, yet brings a modern "flair" to this type of music that anyone can enjoy- and something you can listen to around your parents!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New artist Robin McKelle

    I didn't know who Robin was until I noticed the Barnes & Noble ad. I looked at the track list and liked all of the songs on this CD. After I heard the first song, I knew I would love this CD. I definitely recommend it. I particulary loved Cry Me A River.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    trying too hard

    I feel this singer is trying too hard to make something special out of standards we've heard done a million times over. Some of her performances "emote" and are overly affected. Not much heart in this one for me.

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