Live At Jazz Standard

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 815597012592
  • Catalog Number: 125
  • Sales rank: 185,877

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baltimore Oriole - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (9:37)
  2. 2 Like a Rolling Stone - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (8:00)
  3. 3 Wichita Lineman - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (6:10)
  4. 4 Romance In the Dark - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (7:12)
  5. 5 Man Wanted - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (2:59)
  6. 6 Nature Boy - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (6:33)
  7. 7 Don't Think Twice - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (4:46)
  8. 8 Where Flamingos Fly - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (6:37)
  9. 9 Pocketful of Miracles - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (3:57)
  10. 10 Softly As In a Morning Sunrise - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (5:39)
  11. 11 My Romance - The George Mesterhazy Quartet (5:16)
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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 II 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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