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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The debut album from Belinda Underwood, a Portland-based bassist-cum-vocalist, is a surprisingly excellent start, especially for what's essentially an independent release. Underwood exudes authenticity here, moving between upright bass and vocals and a stretch on the baritone ukulele for good measure. She's slinky and sultry without diving into overblown Eartha Kitt-esque aesthetics. Her voice is breathy, and while her phrasing seems a little slow at times, it's generally used to draw you into the next notes. Her bass playing is similar in its aesthetic, though with a different pitch and timbre. The key to this album is Underwood's choices of pieces -- a half-dozen ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
The debut album from Belinda Underwood, a Portland-based bassist-cum-vocalist, is a surprisingly excellent start, especially for what's essentially an independent release. Underwood exudes authenticity here, moving between upright bass and vocals and a stretch on the baritone ukulele for good measure. She's slinky and sultry without diving into overblown Eartha Kitt-esque aesthetics. Her voice is breathy, and while her phrasing seems a little slow at times, it's generally used to draw you into the next notes. Her bass playing is similar in its aesthetic, though with a different pitch and timbre. The key to this album is Underwood's choices of pieces -- a half-dozen standards that she re-creates in her own style, and a half-dozen originals that show off her poetry and composition abilities. "World Peace Blues" shows off her scatting abilities at the same time as her apparent love for Marvin Gaye. "Say My Name" shows off a more melodic instrumental side with the ukulele put beside her smoky rendition of a love song. The starting track, "Born to Be Blue," is an old one, but she can put the pathos into it just as well as the old Velvet Fog could. This one might take a little effort to find, but it'll pay dividends once you do.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2004
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 825959100027
  • Catalog Number: 5637219827
  • Sales rank: 372,156

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Belinda Underwood Primary Artist, Ukulele, Vocals, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass, Baritone Ukulele
Dan Balmer Guitar
David Friesen Bass
Airto Moreira Percussion, Drums
Phil Baker Bass
John Gross Tenor Saxophone
Clay Giberson Piano
Martin Zarzar Percussion, Drums
Jason Levis Drums
Chad Wagner Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Douglas Durbrow Engineer, Mastering
M. Gordon Composer
Billy Oskay Engineer
Don Raye Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Martin Zarzar Concept
Belinda Underwood Arranger, Producer, Audio Production, Cover Art
David Bell Engineer, Mastering
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