Live At Jazz Standard

Live At Jazz Standard

by Paula West
     
 

Paula West is a West coast-based jazz vocalist who has only recorded sporadically under her own name, though the soulful alto deserves to be more widely known. Her live meeting with pianist George Mesterhazy's Quartet was recorded at New York City's Jazz Standard before an attentive audience, with the band including veteran guitarist Ed Cherry, bassist Barak Mori, and… See more details below

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Paula West is a West coast-based jazz vocalist who has only recorded sporadically under her own name, though the soulful alto deserves to be more widely known. Her live meeting with pianist George Mesterhazy's Quartet was recorded at New York City's Jazz Standard before an attentive audience, with the band including veteran guitarist Ed Cherry, bassist Barak Mori, and drummer Jerome Jennings. West isn't one to hog the spotlight, she gives the instrumentalists plenty of space to show off their chops, while they provide her perfect accompaniment. The singer's sassy take of "Baltimore Oriole" has the vigor of Carmen McRae, while Mesterhazy's lyrical setting of "Nature Boy" helps West take this oft-played chestnut down a different path, along with judicious use of reverb by the engineer to accent her vocal in spots. There are a few less commonly heard songs, including West's playful take of "Pocketful of Miracles" and Leonard Feather's obscure "Man Wanted," the latter in which she captures the essence of its whimsical nature. Mesterhazy doubles on organ for West's soulful take of "Romance in the Dark." The vocalist's inclusion of two Bob Dylan tunes ("Like a Rolling Stone" and "Don't Think Twice") adds some novelty, though her sincere rendition of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" (forever associated with country singer Glen Campbell's hit record) intersperses Mori's arco bass, Cherry's subtle guitar inflections, and Mesterhazy's understated piano. It's nice to hear a jazz singer like Paula West who is not only willing to explore new paths to familiar standards, but is willing to risk tackling vintage pop songs not usually played on jazz dates, and long overlooked works as well. Sadly, this CD may have been George Mesterhazy's swan song, as he died in the spring of 2012, around the time of this CD's release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Hi Horse Records
UPC:
0815597012592
catalogNumber:
125
Rank:
127929

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Tracks

  1. Baltimore Oriole  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  2. Like a Rolling Stone  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  3. Wichita Lineman  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  4. Romance In the Dark  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  5. Man Wanted  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  6. Nature Boy  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  7. Don't Think Twice  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  8. Where Flamingos Fly  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  9. Pocketful of Miracles  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  10. Softly As In a Morning Sunrise  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet
  11. My Romance  -  George Mesterhazy Quartet

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paula West   Primary Artist
Ed Cherry   Guitar
Barak Mori   Bass
Jerome Jennings   Drums
George Mesterhazy   Piano

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Harold Courlander   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Bob Fowler   Producer,Mastering
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Paula West   Concept
Geoff Countryman   Engineer
Martin Goodman   Live Sound
Tyler McDiarmid   Engineer
George Mesterhazy   Arranger,Producer
Lillian Green   Composer
Elthea Peale   Composer
Carra Sleight   Executive Producer

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