Music Moves

Music Moves

by Clairdee
     
 

No less than the illustrious Nancy Wilson has said of the soulful and jazzy force of interpretive nature called Clairdee, "In the tradition of all great vocalists, she infuses each song with her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself." That dead-on assessment applies to her two studio albums on Declare Music, andSee more details below

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No less than the illustrious Nancy Wilson has said of the soulful and jazzy force of interpretive nature called Clairdee, "In the tradition of all great vocalists, she infuses each song with her own unique style while always remaining true to the song itself." That dead-on assessment applies to her two studio albums on Declare Music, and extends to the new disc, a rich and multi-faceted live performance the singer did at Yoshi's in Oakland. Aside from creating a joyful hour of great vocal soul-jazz, Clairdee takes the opportunity to fill her growing fan base in on a wide multitude of influences, starting with Ruth Brown (a witty and sassy, sparsely arranged "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby"), Irving Berlin (a sensual reading of "Cheek to Cheek"), and "Summertime," done via a '70s aesthetic that pays as much homage to the Gershwins as Al Green and Donny Hathaway. She also bridges generations by tapping into her love for Betty Carter ("Do Something") as well as the lighthearted '60s hit "Sunny." The main highlight, however, is the lively, '60s jazz-spiced closer, "Alright, Okay, You Win," which all at once gives props to Count Basie, Joe Williams, Les McCann, and Eddie Harris by combining tunes presented at two historic jazz events -- the 1957 Newport Festival and the 1969 Montreux Jazz Festival. Clairdee and pianist Ken French's funky arrangement uses Harris' "Cold Duck Time" as a groove-based backdrop to introduce the main song, adding a unique depth to its original lyrics. This kind of cleverness is a rare find on any modern collection of vocal interpretations, and alone makes the album worth the price of admission.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Sin-Drome Records
UPC:
0692557310222
catalogNumber:
3102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clairdee   Primary Artist
Charles McNeal   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Deszon X. Claiborne   Drums
Ken French   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Betty Carter   Arranger
Denise LaSalle   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Jeff Cressman   Engineer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Bud Spangler   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
John Vigran   Engineer
Ken French   Arranger,Producer,Music Direction
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Corcovado   Composer
Nancy Jo Wilson   Author
James Knox   Cover Photo

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