This Heart of Mine

This Heart of Mine

by Jackie Ryan
     
 
On the surface, this seems to be just another excellent vocal jazz recording by a popular San Francisco-based singer whose best-known longtime gig is the London club Ronnie Scott's. Yet the exotica of Ryan and the music she chooses is so much a part of the story, from her sultry Italian on "Estate" to her crafty Portuguese on

Overview

On the surface, this seems to be just another excellent vocal jazz recording by a popular San Francisco-based singer whose best-known longtime gig is the London club Ronnie Scott's. Yet the exotica of Ryan and the music she chooses is so much a part of the story, from her sultry Italian on "Estate" to her crafty Portuguese on Jobim's joyful samba "Anos Dourados." Her bio makes multiple mentions of her multiethnic background -- Mexican, Irish, and French -- perhaps to justify her ability to tackle the foreign tunes. Yet at heart, she's an honest to God jazz singer in the Sarah Vaughan/Betty Carter mode who seems coziest on lush ballads like the title track and fun swingers like "A Sleepin' Bee" and Ellington's "Jump for Joy," which starts as a sparse, stylish duet with voice and John Wiitala's bass before incorporating Allen Smith's playful muted trumpet. Each song has a credited arranger, an obvious ode to the care with which Ryan chose and interpreted this varied material. Although her name is still not on the lips of mainstream jazz fans, Ryan's association here with legends like Toots Thielemans (who adds harmonica romance to tunes like "Estate") and Ernie Watts (whose inimitable tenor infuses three tunes), along with her diverse talents, will help expose her to a well-deserved wider audience.

Editorial Reviews

All About Jazz
This Heart Of Mine should sit high on this year’s top ten list.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Openart
UPC:
0822154072821
catalogNumber:
728
Rank:
186360

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Ryan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Erquiaga   Guitar
Barry Zweig   Acoustic Guitar
Omar Clay   Drums
Ruth Davies   Bass
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Jon Mayer   Piano
Darek Oles   Bass
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
John Wiitala   Bass
Yutaka Yokokura   Strings
Jason Lewis   Drums
Amina Figarova   Piano
Leonard Thompson   Piano
Barry Zwiieg   Guitar
Bart Plateau   Flute

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Chico Buarque   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
John Ballard   Producer,Art Direction,Coloring
Omar Clay   Arranger
Oliver di Cicco   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
John Fordham   Liner Notes
Arthur Freed   Composer
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Teo Macero   Author
Jon Mayer   Arranger
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
John Wiitala   Arranger
Denise Jannah   Composer
Truman Capote   Composer
Bruno Martino   Composer
Morty Palitz   Composer
Amina Figarova   Arranger,Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Bruno Brighetti   Composer
Melanie Bryson   Arranger
Jackie Ryan   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Leonard Thompson   Arranger,Composer
Sid Kuller   Composer
Christopher Loudon   Author

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