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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Many jazz critics have gotten rather cynical hearing new CDs by unfamiliar female vocalists, since there seems to be a disproportionate number of them and far too many are not worth hearing. Fortunately, Melissa Morgan's debut for Telarc exudes both confidence and skill in her interpretations of both standards and rarely heard gems, backed by a strong, young rhythm section anchored by pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Randy Napoleon. Her insistent take of Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" pulses with energy, then she follows it up with a delightfully swinging and expressive take of "Until I Met You" (a vocal version of "Corner Pocket," which rhythm ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Many jazz critics have gotten rather cynical hearing new CDs by unfamiliar female vocalists, since there seems to be a disproportionate number of them and far too many are not worth hearing. Fortunately, Melissa Morgan's debut for Telarc exudes both confidence and skill in her interpretations of both standards and rarely heard gems, backed by a strong, young rhythm section anchored by pianist Gerald Clayton and guitarist Randy Napoleon. Her insistent take of Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" pulses with energy, then she follows it up with a delightfully swinging and expressive take of "Until I Met You" (a vocal version of "Corner Pocket," which rhythm guitarist Freddie Green wrote for Count Basie), featuring a crisp understated solo by rising young trumpeter Christian Scott in a potent chart by trombonist Francisco Torres, who also appears on the track. Morgan's sassy take of the blues "Cool Cool Daddy" is equally convincing. As for standards, take your pick: Morgan's bluesy, slowly savored treatment of "The More I See You" and playful, expressive interpretation of "A Sleepin' Bee" bring new life to these old chestnuts. This is an encouraging beginning for Melissa Morgan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408368424
  • Catalog Number: 83684
  • Sales rank: 72,865

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Melissa Morgan Primary Artist
Francisco Torres Trombone, Horn
Joe Sanders Upright Bass
Joe Sanders & His Orchestra Bass, Rhythm Section
Christian Scott Trumpet
Melissa Morgan Vocals
Randy Napoleon Guitar, Rhythm Section
Tim Green Alto Saxophone
Ben Wendel Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Clayton Piano, Rhythm Section
Kevin Kannar Drums
Technical Credits
Maurice Ravel Composer
Freddie Green Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Richard Evans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Cecil Gant Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Chris Dunn Producer
Sid Feller Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Doug Sax Mastering, Remastering
Rick Ward Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Robert Woods Executive Producer, Audio Production
Francisco Torres Arranger
Truman Capote Composer
Bill Austin Composer
Bert Shefter Composer
Donald Wolf Composer
Kevin Zinger Management
Melissa Morgan Producer
Traditional Composer
Seth Presant Digital Editing
Ivory Daniel Management
Ben Wendel Arranger
Gerald Clayton Arranger
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Pascal Kerouche Art Direction
Raymond Laveen Composer
Johnnie Pate Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Until I met you.

    If you like female jazz vocalists than this CD is for you. For a young woman who did not grow up during this music's heyday she is incredible.
    The more times you listen the better it gets. Each selection grows on you and I can't say enough about her ability. In my opinion she is as good a vocalist as anyone around today and definitely challenges the great female jazz vocalists from the past. To steal an old phrase "Try it you'll like it".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    That Voice!!!

    I had read positive reviews of this new jazz singer before I purchased this album, but they didn't tell the half of it. We will hear of Melissa Morgan for years to come. Although this is her debut, she comes across as a seasoned veteran. Great vocal ability and phrasing! In an era where most female jazz vocalists try to sound like Casandra Wilson or Norah Jones, it is refreshing to hear someone who sounds original. Even when Melissa is singing a jazz standard, she puts her own stamp on the music. A must buy for serious music lovers.

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