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Robin McKelle is a California based singer who enjoys the big-band sound, as well as old-time singers like Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, reflective in her voice. She has a slightly sultry, at times girlish sound that is striving for vintage sophistication, but also relies on contemporary song stylist precepts. She's not Norah Jones, Diana Krall, or Joni Mitchell by a long shot, and not trying to be. She sounds quite similar to Detroit based vocalist Kathy Kosins in her phrasing and affectations. The problem with this recording, her third, is that it is way overproduced, not in a contemporary synthesizer soaked way, for all of the arrangements are acoustically ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Robin McKelle is a California based singer who enjoys the big-band sound, as well as old-time singers like Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, reflective in her voice. She has a slightly sultry, at times girlish sound that is striving for vintage sophistication, but also relies on contemporary song stylist precepts. She's not Norah Jones, Diana Krall, or Joni Mitchell by a long shot, and not trying to be. She sounds quite similar to Detroit based vocalist Kathy Kosins in her phrasing and affectations. The problem with this recording, her third, is that it is way overproduced, not in a contemporary synthesizer soaked way, for all of the arrangements are acoustically derived. But the rather large horn section and strings dominate this stylized singer on too many occasions. It will be good someday to hear her with a much smaller ensemble, but meanwhile, you have a fairly good representation of what McKelle sounds like doing a Las Vegas type show set. The program starts off smart enough with of a swinging and rousing version of Steve Miller's "Abracadabra," with McKelle tossing in some good scat singing. A montuno/Afro-Cuban take of "Comes Love" shows the sexy influence of Lee, while the slight contemporary light rock beat tacked on to "I Want to Be Loved" is a popular concession, but the orchestration drenches this tune. Veteran tenor saxophone soloist Pete Christlieb shines on the string infused easy swinger "Cheek to Cheek," while flugelhorn and trumpet guest Joe Magnarelli is strong and supple for the breezy "Day by Day" and stands out during the very complementary chart of "Make Someone Happy." McKelle scats again and quite effectively for "Lullaby of Birdland" with interesting staggered phrasings above a less orchestrated backdrop -- a good thing for her. She also plays piano while singing on her original, the closer "Remember," a pop ballad with strings and laden with the otherwise tasteful guitarist Larry Kuhns. This band has some other good players like trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, saxophonists Bob Shepard or Andy Snitzer, and bassist Reggie McBride, but their individualism is all but smothered. This CD will appeal to a certain audience, but there's nothing new or innovative, save the occasional vocal excursions of the clearly talented McKelle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • Label: Sidecho Records
  • UPC: 875929002325
  • Catalog Number: 23

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abracadabra (3:34)
  2. 2 Comes Love (3:24)
  3. 3 I Want to Be Loved (3:38)
  4. 4 Lover Man (4:42)
  5. 5 Cheek to Cheek (3:46)
  6. 6 Day by Day (3:26)
  7. 7 Save Your Love for Me (6:16)
  8. 8 Go to Hell (2:52)
  9. 9 Lullaby of Birdland (3:28)
  10. 10 Make Someone Happy (4:44)
  11. 11 Remember (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin McKelle Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
Pete Christlieb Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
Glenn Berger Oboe
Bernie Dresel Percussion, Drums
Kirstin Fife Strings
Gary Grant Trumpet, Lead
Ray Herrmann Saxophone, Woodwind
Dan Higgins Flute, Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
Peter Kent Strings
Joe Magnarelli Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Alain Mallet Piano, Soloist
Andy Martin Trombone
Reggie McBride Bass
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Robin Ross Strings
Bob Shepard Saxophone, Woodwind
Andy Snitzer Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind, Soloist
David Stenske Strings
Don Clark Trumpet
Sarah O'Brien Strings
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet, Lead
Peggy Baldwin Strings
Adriana Zoppo Strings
Miriam Mayer Strings
Susannah Chapman Strings
Cameron Patrick Strings
Quinn Johnson Piano
Larry Hall Trumpet
Ira Glansbeek Strings
Nathaniel Morton Percussion, Drums
Craig Gosnell Trombone
James Hanna Strings
Willie Murillo Trumpet
Danielle Ondarza French Horn
Robert Gonzalez Jr. Cartage
Jason Thor Trombone
Technical Credits
James "Thunderbird" Davis Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Gordon Goodwin Arranger
George Shearing Composer
Chris Barron Arranger, rhythm arrangement
Lew Brown Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
George Landress Engineer
Alain Mallet Arranger, String Arrangements
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Roger Seibel Mastering
Sam H. Stept Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Randy Waldman Arranger
George David Weiss Composer
Paul Weston Composer
Peggy Baldwin String Contractor
Charles Tobias Composer
Willie Murillo Arranger, Producer
Robin McKelle Arranger, Composer, Producer
James Sherman Composer
Oded Lev-Ari Orchestration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    She has a wonderful voice &amp great control. It's hard to find jazz singers now that bring it back to the old time. But Robin does it. She can even scat. My favorite song on the CD is comes love. She is truley a deep breath of jazzy air.

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