May I Feel

May I Feel

by Melissa Walker
     
 

Melissa Walker's debut recording as a leader is impressive for a number of reasons. Gifted with a deeply expressive voice, and a terrific supporting cast of musicians, including trumpeter and flugelhornist Terell Stafford (her husband), saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist George Colligan, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist James King, drummerSee more details below

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Melissa Walker's debut recording as a leader is impressive for a number of reasons. Gifted with a deeply expressive voice, and a terrific supporting cast of musicians, including trumpeter and flugelhornist Terell Stafford (her husband), saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist George Colligan, guitarist Paul Bollenback, bassist James King, drummer Clarence Penn, and percussionist Steve Kroon, Walker finds fresh approaches to several very familiar songs. "I'm a Fool to Want You" finds it groove immediately with her sensitive vocal over a hip rhythm section, accented by Bartz's powerful alto sax solo. Colligan's whispering piano provides the perfect accompaniment for her gorgeous vocal to "A Time for Love." Penn's light, swinging brushes, Stafford's darting muted trumpet, and Bollenback's quick runs all assist Walker in her swinging rendition of "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." Bartz's soprano sax is a highlight of her waltz treatment of Cole Porter's oddball "Miss Otis Regrets," which Walker sings very effectively. Her gospel background is evident in her inspired original, "Love Is." This is a brilliant start for a very promising singer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1997
Label:
Enja
UPC:
0063757933526
catalogNumber:
9335
Rank:
158345

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Walker   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gary Bartz   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Paul Bollenback   Guitar
George Colligan   Piano
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Clarence Penn   Drums
Terell Stafford   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
James King   Bass

Technical Credits

John Martyn   Composer
Gary Bartz   Producer
Scotty Barnhart   Composer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Cole Porter   Composer
Matthias Winckelmann   Executive Producer
W. Royal Stokes   Liner Notes
Wolfgang Meyscheider   Mastering
Melissa Walker   Composer
e.e. cummings   Poetry
Andre Allen   Composer

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