Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

by Melissa Walker


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Moment of Truth

On her third album overall but first to be widely available in the U.S., Melissa Walker confirms earlier impressions that she is a promising contender in the competition to replace the royalty of female jazz singers who left the scene in the 1980s and '90s. The album is a showcase for her range of talents, from the surprising opener, Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," to standards like "Yesterdays," the vocalese number "Come On Home," and "Upside Down" by Brazilian pop star Djavan. At the center is a four-song tribute to John Coltrane that includes a seven-minute version of "Invitation" with generous solo time for tenor saxophonist Craig Handy, the original "Portrait Of Equinox" (music by drummer Clarence Penn, lyrics by Walker) with soprano saxophone solos by Steve Wilson, and Coltrane's own "Naima" with French lyrics by Mimi Perrin. Unlike some of her competitors, Walker never oversings, preferring to place her effects carefully and always working well with her band. But it is her conscious control over her singing that marks her as a still-developing singer, more student than performer. In a field so steeped in tradition, that's perhaps inevitable for any young artist. You simply can't sing "Yesterdays" without evoking Billie Holiday, for example, but Walker gives the song her own interpretation without ever risking a note out of place. Moment Of Truth is an early indication of a studied talent that has places to go.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1999
Label: Enja
UPC: 0063757936527
catalogNumber: 9365
Rank: 313754

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melissa Walker   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Wilson   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Craig Handy   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Bollenback   Guitar
George Colligan   Piano,fender rhodes
Kiyoshi Kitagawa   Bass
Steve Kroon   Percussion
Clarence Penn   Drums

Technical Credits

Janis Ian   Composer
Norman Simmons   Arranger
Larry Willis   Arranger
Jerome Kern   Composer
Bruce Barth   Arranger
John Coltrane   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Clarence Penn   Arranger
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Matthias Winckelmann   Executive Producer
Eugene Holley   Liner Notes
Melissa Walker   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Julie Kerr   Contributor
Leslie Naamon   Contributor

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