Invitation to an Escapade

Invitation to an Escapade

by Stephanie Nakasian
     
 

Of Armenian descent, vocalist Stephanie Nakasian first gained prominence in the mid-'80s when she hooked up with vocalese master Jon Hendricks. Since then, she appeared in a number of venues including TV slots and clubs. This is a no-frills performance. Nakasian sings straight from the heart with rapt attention to the lyrics that makesSee more details below

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Of Armenian descent, vocalist Stephanie Nakasian first gained prominence in the mid-'80s when she hooked up with vocalese master Jon Hendricks. Since then, she appeared in a number of venues including TV slots and clubs. This is a no-frills performance. Nakasian sings straight from the heart with rapt attention to the lyrics that makes her one of the top storytellers on the contemporary scene. At the same time, Nakasian often comes across as a torch singer in a nightclub scene in one of those film noir movies from the 1940s. For her fourth album, she has selected an agenda of tunes which include familiar classic standards, material that's not so well-known, and new works. On some cuts, she includes a short narrative, setting the scene for the song she is about to sing as on "No Moon at All." This 1949 ditty made popular by Nat King Cole is a good example of the subdued swing found on this CD. It also allows Bob Hallahan to show off on piano as he quotes from a couple of popular standards during a longish solo. Husband, arranger, and vibes player Hod O'Brien joins in on vocals for Argentina composer Pepe Gonzales' "Just for You." It's also an occasion for some scatting and a strong guitar solo by Steve Brown. Showing a little more than normal versatility, the usually hauntingly played "Invitation" is done medium tempo to a Caribbean beat. The 1941 hit for the Ink Spots, "Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat," is given a fresh, wide-eyed ingénue treatment. This CD is by no means a ground-breaking, earth-shattering event. But it is an hour-plus of pleasant, relaxing vocalizing by a consummate professional, one of the top members of her trade and backed by a solid group of sidemen. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
Label:
Chase Music
UPC:
0028568806025
catalogNumber:
8060
Rank:
279888

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stephanie Nakasian   Primary Artist,Vocals
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass
Hod O'Brien   Vocals,Vibes,Synthesizer Vibes
Steve Brown   Guitar,Conga
Bab Hallahan   Piano

Technical Credits

Maurice Ravel   Composer
Stephanie Nakasian   Arranger,Executive Producer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Bill Goodwin   Producer
Kent Heckman   Engineer
Hod O'Brien   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Wendy Rene   Composer
Bert Shefter   Composer
Bab Hallahan   Arranger
Robert Wright   Composer
Alexander Scott   Composer

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