by Jacqui Naylor


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There's a joke about jazz vocalists that goes like this: how many jazz singers does it take to sing "My Funny Valentine"? All of them. That joke is making fun of the countless jazz singers who insist on recording nothing but Tin Pan Alley warhorses that -- as great as they are -- have been recorded much too often over the years. But not all jazz singers have a warhorses-only policy, and risk-takers like Claire Martin, Cassandra Wilson, and the Philadelphia-based Lou Lanza are doing vocal jazz a huge favor by having adventurous, far-reaching repertoires that aren't limited to Tin Pan Alley. Jacqui Naylor is another risk-taking jazz vocalist with an interesting repertoire, but there's a catch: she's also a folk-rocker -- and her folk-rock side has the upper hand on Shelter. Naylor has been dividing her time between a folk-rock/adult alternative aesthetic and vocal jazz; she's compelling in both areas, but whether Naylor favors one or the other all depends on what a particular song calls for. Interestingly, the most jazz-oriented thing on Shelter is an interpretation of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You"; Naylor has no problem finding the tune's jazz potential, and her jazz side also prevails on Joan Armatrading's "Love and Affection" and the Billie Holiday-ish "All for You" (which Naylor co-wrote with pianist Art Khu). But most of the time, Naylor's folk-rock side wins out on Shelter. Most of the 11 songs she co-wrote with Khu for this album are more folk-rock than jazz, and folk-rock serves Naylor well on introspective tracks such as "Before I'm Gone" and "Free My Love." Some jazz snobs no doubt wish that Naylor would perform straight-ahead jazz exclusively, but she would be selling herself short if she did that -- and thankfully, Naylor doesn't sell herself short on the memorable Shelter.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Ruby Records
UPC: 0667811743528
catalogNumber: 117435

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jacqui Naylor   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Erquiaga   Soloist,Guitar (Nylon String)
Matthew Brubeck   Cello
John Scott   Background Vocals
Brian Pardo   Steel Guitar
Jon Evans   Bass
Jason Lewis   Drums
Marika Hughes   Cello
Todd Sickafoose   Bass
Jan Jackson   Drums
Tina Zenon   Background Vocals
Michael Bluestein   Piano
Bob Johnson   Saxophone
Art Khu   Piano
Emiliano Benevides   Percussion
Craig Green   Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Pat Shanks   Background Vocals
Bob Johnson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Steve Erquiaga   Arranger
Bond Bergland   Engineer
Jon Evans   Arranger,Engineer
Matt Clark   Arranger
Jacqui Naylor   Producer,Liner Notes
Art Khu   Arranger,Producer

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