Miss Smith to You

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Fat Note
  • UPC: 725543888327
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 75,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miss Brown to You - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (2:58)
  2. 2 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (3:38)
  3. 3 Daddy - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (4:39)
  4. 4 With My Man - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (6:36)
  5. 5 I'm Not Evil - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (3:23)
  6. 6 'Deed I Do - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (2:54)
  7. 7 I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (5:52)
  8. 8 Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (5:06)
  9. 9 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (4:21)
  10. 10 Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (6:17)
  11. 11 Jumpin' in the Morning - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (4:13)
  12. 12 When the Saints Go Marching In - Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers (5:45)
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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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