Live at Jazz Standard

Live at Jazz Standard

by Nancy King
     
 

It's no wonder that Fred Hersch had the confidence to tape his initial meeting with Nancy King. King is one of the best jazz vocalists of her generation, though she is unjustly not as widely recognized as a number of major-label artists who don't begin to compare with her. King and Hersch put together a wide-ranging program at the Jazz Standard, frequently extending…  See more details below

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It's no wonder that Fred Hersch had the confidence to tape his initial meeting with Nancy King. King is one of the best jazz vocalists of her generation, though she is unjustly not as widely recognized as a number of major-label artists who don't begin to compare with her. King and Hersch put together a wide-ranging program at the Jazz Standard, frequently extending their interpretations well beyond the expectations for a vocal/piano duo. Hersch, who has long since proved his abilities as a solo accompanist for singers (especially Janis Siegel), is never less than brilliant throughout the evening, though the singer is equally impressive, an adventurous spirit who is unafraid of taking chances. King's expressive voice is full of humor in the swinging take of "Ain't Misbehavin'," while she scats up a storm in Antonio Carlos Jobim's neglected gem "If You Never Come to Me." She's equally inspired as she revives once popular standards that have fallen out of favor like "There's a Small Hotel" and "Everything Happens to Me." But the finale clearly steals the show as King devours "Four" whole, throwing caution to the wind as she playfully adds her own twists to Jon Hendricks' vocalese setting of Miles Davis' famous tune. This beautifully recorded set is a tribute to the musicianship of both artists, as well as the foresight of Fred Hersch to request that the soundboard operator record it without notifying Nancy King in advance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Max Jazz Records
UPC:
0610614012223
catalogNumber:
140122
Rank:
110598

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nancy King   Primary Artist,Vocals
Fred Hersch   Piano

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Fred Hersch   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Fats Waller   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Pressley Jacobs   Art Direction
Martin Goodman   Engineer

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