This Heart of Mine

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
All About Jazz
This Heart Of Mine should sit high on this year’s top ten list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Openart
  • UPC: 822154072821
  • Catalog Number: 728
  • Sales rank: 150,663

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, Mastering
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
Yutaka Yokokura Mastering
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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