Miss Smith to You

Miss Smith to You

by Lavay Smith
     
 

With her vintage dresses and unabashedly sexy posturing, Lavay Smith evokes a bygone era, one when jazz was for dancing rather than for sitting and listening to, and when jump blues hadn't yet been displaced by rock & roll. The other thing that is unabashed about Smith is her repertoire, which on her third album consists primarily of standards -- and not just any… See more details below

Overview

With her vintage dresses and unabashedly sexy posturing, Lavay Smith evokes a bygone era, one when jazz was for dancing rather than for sitting and listening to, and when jump blues hadn't yet been displaced by rock & roll. The other thing that is unabashed about Smith is her repertoire, which on her third album consists primarily of standards -- and not just any standards, but songs so familiar they border on period cliché: "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," "'Deed I Do," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," even (heaven help us) "When the Saints Go Marching In." What can justify a program like this is any combination of the following: innovative arrangements; tremendous energy; a voice that either surprises or simply knocks down the walls; or undeniable chops. All of those elements are in evidence in various combinations throughout Miss Smith to You. Smith's voice is a very fine thing, powerful and flexible, capable of both purring insinuation and brazen assertion, and always full of joy. Her band is, if anything, even better: pianist Chris Siebert has created brilliant arrangements that combine comfortably mainstream principles of horn voicing with subtly crafty articulations and filigrees that tend not to assert themselves brassily, but rather lurk in the background for you to discover if you make the effort to listen for them. The three original songs are almost as good as the classics that make up the rest of the program, which is high praise indeed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2009
Label:
Fat Note
UPC:
0725543888327
catalogNumber:
3

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Tracks

  1. Miss Brown to You  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  2. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  3. Daddy  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  4. With My Man  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  5. I'm Not Evil  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  6. 'Deed I Do  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  7. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  8. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong)  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  9. On the Sunny Side of the Street  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  10. Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  11. Jumpin' in the Morning  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
  12. When the Saints Go Marching In  -  Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lavay Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jules Broussard   Alto
Charles McNeal   Alto Saxophone
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Rev. Ron Stallings   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Olmos   Trumpet
Darrell Green   Drums
Danny Armstrong   Trombone,Vocals
Pete Cornell   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Siebert   Piano

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Tim Brymn   Composer
Jeff Cressman   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Bill Stewart   Arranger
Clarence Williams   Composer
Chris Siebert   Composer
Lavay Smith   Composer,Producer
David Berger   Arranger
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Don George   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Dally Small   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Siebert   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James Frazer   Engineer

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