R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)

R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal)

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by Nancy Wilson
     
 
On “An Older Man Is like an Elegant Wine,” the opening track of her beautifully satisfying R.S.V.P. [Rare Songs, Very Personal] Wilson sings of the refinement that can come with aging. A similarly graceful maturation might well be attributed to the singer herself. If this remarkably resilient vocalist sounds a shade or two past her youthful peak, she more than

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On “An Older Man Is like an Elegant Wine,” the opening track of her beautifully satisfying R.S.V.P. [Rare Songs, Very Personal] Wilson sings of the refinement that can come with aging. A similarly graceful maturation might well be attributed to the singer herself. If this remarkably resilient vocalist sounds a shade or two past her youthful peak, she more than makes up for it with her magisterial phrasing and expressive way with a lyric. Wilson uses a song to tell a story; few singers with such solid jazz leanings are as genuinely moving. (Hear her sensitive reading of the '60s pop hit “Little Green Apples.”) And she swings. No matter the tempo, this iconic veteran finds the pocket and makes herself at home there. Turning out to lend a hand are such high-caliber jazz soloists as vibraphonist Gary Burton, harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans, alto saxophonist Phil Woods, and pianist George Shearing, as well as R&B singer Kenny Lattimore.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Nancy Wilson's R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) is her duets album, but unlike other recent releases by singers in this format, which feature two vocalists (and often oddly matched ones, at that), most of the pairings here are with instrumentalists like George Shearing, Toots Thielemans, Phil Woods, and Gary Burton, which means this remains very much Wilson's baby, dominated by her hushed and elegant vocals. Only two tracks feature other vocalists, one of which, a saccharine cover of Marvin Gaye's "Why Did I Choose You" sung with Kenny Lattimore, is worth a plea to the gods to let Gaye return to this veil of tears and give Wilson a worthy singing partner. Less pop than her recent outings, R.S.V.P. is mostly made up of ballads, highlighted by a wonderful version of Gordon Jenkins' "Goodbye" and the elegant, late-night regret of "Blame It on My Youth" which closes out the set, although Wilson steps up and swings on at least one track, the vibrant "Day In, Day Out." This might not be the greatest album of her half-century-long career, but it isn't an embarrassment, either (which can't always be said about some of the other duet projects major vocalists have released in recent years), and it shows that Wilson can still wring every last emotion on earth out of a ballad -- then return to sing the second verse.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Mcg Jazz
UPC:
0612262101328
catalogNumber:
1013

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nancy Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ivan Lins   Keyboards,Vocals
Gary Burton   Vibes
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
Michael Davis   Trombone
Rufus Reid   Bass,Bass Guitar
George Shearing   Piano
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Lewis Nash   Drums
Jay Ashby   Percussion,Trombone,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Marty Ashby   Guitar
Andres Boiarsky   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Dwayne Dolphin   Bass
Jamey Haddad   Drums
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Kim Nazarian   Background Vocals
Andy Snitzer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone
Jim Hynes   Trumpet
Kenny Lattimore   Vocals
Mike Tomaro   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Andres Cardenez   Violin
Steve Hawk   Trumpet
David Premo   Cello
Joe Negri   Guitar
Max Seigel   Bass Trombone
Jim Germann   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Reynolds   Trumpet
Gary Piecka   Bass Trombone
Tatjana Mead Chamis   Viola
Eric DeFade   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Caetano Veloso   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Oscar Levant   Composer
Richard Rodney Bennett   Composer
Jay Ashby   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Marty Ashby   Producer,Executive Producer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
Carroll Coates   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Peter Eldridge   Composer
Kent Heckman   Engineer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Michael Leonard   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Darmon Meader   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Robert Russell   Composer
Johnny Pate   Arranger
Doctor John Wilson   Arranger
Jay Dudt   Engineer
Kevin Szymanski   Engineer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Jeff O.Brien Myers   Cover Design
Frank Underwood   Composer
Lee Wing   Composer
John Redmond   Composer

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R.S.V.P. (Rare Songs, Very Personal) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is magnificent! Nacy Wilson's piercing vocals along with the guest artists on each track make this album truly unforgettable. R.S.V.P. is very relaxing, good for those days you just want to sit back and enjoy a book. Miss Wilson gets better with age. Her vocals on this album are very seasoned and she sounds better than ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Wilson is an outstanding performer whom I have enjoyed for many years and I hope she continue to glow has she has in the pass, present and I know in the future. I must say I love this album.
Smokeyone More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves Nancy Wilson will enjoy this CD. Her collaborations with the other artists were fresh and enjoyable. Kenny Lattimore's duet with Nancy was a sweet treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago