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Moment of Truth

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On her third album overall but first to be widely available in the U.S., Melissa Walker confirms earlier impressions that she is a promising contender in the competition to replace the royalty of female jazz singers who left the scene in the 1980s and '90s. The album is a showcase for her range of talents, from the surprising opener, Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," to standards like "Yesterdays," the vocalese number "Come On Home," and "Upside Down" by Brazilian pop star Djavan. At the center is a four-song tribute to John Coltrane that includes a seven-minute version of "Invitation" with generous solo time for tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, the original "Portrait Of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
On her third album overall but first to be widely available in the U.S., Melissa Walker confirms earlier impressions that she is a promising contender in the competition to replace the royalty of female jazz singers who left the scene in the 1980s and '90s. The album is a showcase for her range of talents, from the surprising opener, Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," to standards like "Yesterdays," the vocalese number "Come On Home," and "Upside Down" by Brazilian pop star Djavan. At the center is a four-song tribute to John Coltrane that includes a seven-minute version of "Invitation" with generous solo time for tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, the original "Portrait Of Equinox" music by drummer Clarence Penn, lyrics by Walker with soprano saxophone solos by Steve Wilson, and Coltrane's own "Naima" with French lyrics by Mimi Perrin. Unlike some of her competitors, Walker never oversings, preferring to place her effects carefully and always working well with her band. But it is her conscious control over her singing that marks her as a still-developing singer, more student than performer. In a field so steeped in tradition, that's perhaps inevitable for any young artist. You simply can't sing "Yesterdays" without evoking Billie Holiday, for example, but Walker gives the song her own interpretation without ever risking a note out of place. Moment Of Truth is an early indication of a studied talent that has places to go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1999
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757936527
  • Catalog Number: 9365
  • Sales rank: 177,834

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melissa Walker Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Wilson Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Craig Handy Tenor Saxophone
Paul Bollenback Guitar
George Colligan Piano, fender rhodes
Kiyoshi Kitagawa Bass
Steve Kroon Percussion
Clarence Penn Drums
Technical Credits
Janis Ian Composer
Norman Simmons Arranger
Larry Willis Arranger
Jerome Kern Composer
Bruce Barth Arranger
John Coltrane Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
Michael Marciano Engineer
Clarence Penn Arranger
Walter Quintus Mastering
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Matthias Winckelmann Executive Producer
Eugene Holley Jr. Liner Notes
Melissa Walker Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Julie Kerr Contributor
Leslie Naamon Contributor
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