Signature

Signature

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by Ann Hampton Callaway
     
 

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Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the brightest lights on the contemporary cabaret scene. The 42-year-old Chicago native is a genuine triple-threat talent whose nimble keyboard and songwriting skills almost rival her gifts as an interpretive vocal stylist. With Signature, the smoky-voiced alto has created her most compelling and accomplished album yet.…  See more details below

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Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the brightest lights on the contemporary cabaret scene. The 42-year-old Chicago native is a genuine triple-threat talent whose nimble keyboard and songwriting skills almost rival her gifts as an interpretive vocal stylist. With Signature, the smoky-voiced alto has created her most compelling and accomplished album yet. Conceived as a tribute to the classic singers who most deeply influenced Callaway's approach to the Great American Songbook, Signature is an inspired collection of standards identified with one-of-a-kind singers like Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee, among others. Callaway is clearly in clover on the luxuriously romantic "Tenderly," the swinging road trip "Route 66," a jazzy and charming "The Best Is Yet to Come," of the Morning." Signature virtually consists of highlights, but Callaway's spirited scatting on Ella Fitzgerald's "Mr. Paganini" and Mel Tormé's "Pick Yourself Up," as well as a truly devastating take on Billie Holiday's "Good Morning Heartache," are more than enough reason to make this a must-own disc.

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
On her seventh album, a varied collection of standards and novelty numbers, Ann Hampton Callaway is joined once again by jazz heavyweights: Kenny Barron on piano, Rodney Jones on guitar, Ben Wolfe on bass, and Lewis Nash (or Neal Smith) on drums. Callaway's voice falls somewhere between jazz and Broadway, which can be a liability on weighty ballads like "Good Morning, Heartache" and "For All We Know" (Freddy Cole joins her on the latter). But her feel for swing is convincing ("You Turned the Tables on Me," "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," "The Best Is Yet to Come") and her scatting is seasoned and adroit ("Mr. Paganini," the elaborate "Pick Yourself Up"). Wynton Marsalis and Frank Wess turn in a number of understated solos; the vocal group New York Voices does some nice horn-section simulation on "Route 66" and "Twisted."
jazzreview.com
A topnotch collection!

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351512727
catalogNumber:
5127
Rank:
163980

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ann Hampton Callaway   Primary Artist,Piano
Rodney Jones   Guitar
New York Voices   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Freddy Cole   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Deodato   Conductor
Lewis Nash   Drums
Kenny Barron   Piano
Daniel Block   Clarinet
Peter Eldridge   Vocals,Group Member
Lauren Kinhan   Vocals,Group Member
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Darmon Meader   Vocals,Group Member
Kim Nazarian   Vocals,Group Member
Terry Silverlight   Drums
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Ben Wolfe   Bass
Teodross Avery   Saxophone
Paul Gill   Bass

Technical Credits

Deodato   Arranger,Producer
Ann Hampton Callaway   Producer
Kenny Barron   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Butch Jones   Engineer
Darmon Meader   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Bill Westmoreland   Art Direction
Lisa Schiff   Executive Producer
Danny Weiss   Producer
Anna M. Sala   Management

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Signature 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Raymond Chandler's mean streets were filled tough guys in slouch hats they'd be listening to smokey singers crooning tales of busted luck and broken hearts. Ann Hampton Callaway brings back those dark and passionate nights with songs that fill the air with her rich alto. Whether she's torching on Tenderly or swinging on Route 66 this frail lights up the night. And when her range and skill get a real work out, she blows like no one since Ella. Mr. Pacanini swings it. Beg, borrow or steal this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was delighted after I read a review of Ms. Callaway in the LA Times that her CD deserved all the praise. Her voice is a joy to listen to and her phrasing is outstanding. She is a welcome addition to my jazz collection.