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Format: CD
Sku: 228942016
UPC: 815597012592
UPC 14: 00815597012592
Release Date: 7/17/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Baltimore Oriole ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
2. Like a Rolling Stone ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
3. Wichita Lineman ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
4. Romance In the Dark ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
5. Man Wanted ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
6. Nature Boy ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
7. Don't Think Twice ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
8. Where Flamingos Fly ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
9. Pocketful of Miracles ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
10. Softly As In a Morning Sunrise ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West
11. My Romance ~ The George Mesterhazy Quartet/Paula West

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ed Cherry (guitar); George Mesterhazy (piano); Jerome Jennings (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: George Mesterhazy; Bob Fowler.
Muze PNote Recording information: Jazz Standard.
Muze PNote Editors: George Mesterhazy; Bob Fowler.
Muze PNote Photographers: Nick Mann; Pat Johnson ; Lena Adasheva; Pierre Prospero; Oscar Val Verde.
Muze PNote Arranger: George Mesterhazy.
Muze PNote Paula West is a West coast-based jazz vocalist who has only recorded sporadically under her own name, though the soulful alto deserves to be more widely known. Her live meeting with pianist George Mesterhazy's Quartet was recorded at New York City's Jazz Standard before an attentive audience, with the band including veteran guitarist Ed Cherry, bassist Barak Mori, and drummer Jerome Jennings. West isn't one to hog the spotlight, she gives the instrumentalists plenty of space to show off their chops, while they provide her perfect accompaniment. The singer's sassy take of "Baltimore Oriole" has the vigor of Carmen McRae, while Mesterhazy's lyrical setting of "Nature Boy" helps West take this oft-played chestnut down a different path, along with judicious use of reverb by the engineer to accent her vocal in spots. There are a few less commonly heard songs, including West's playful take of "Pocketful of Miracles" and Leonard Feather's obscure "Man Wanted," the latter in which she captures the essence of its whimsical nature. Mesterhazy doubles on organ for West's soulful take of "Romance in the Dark." The vocalist's inclusion of two Bob Dylan tunes ("Like a Rolling Stone" and "Don't Think Twice") adds some novelty, though her sincere rendition of Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" (forever associated with country singer Glen Campbell's hit record) intersperses Mori's arco bass, Cherry's subtle guitar inflections, and Mesterhazy's understated piano. It's nice to hear a jazz singer like Paula West who is not only willing to explore new paths to familiar standards, but is willing to risk tackling vintage pop songs not usually played on jazz dates, and long overlooked works as well. Sadly, this CD may have been George Mesterhazy's swan song, as he died in the spring of 2012, around the time of this CD's release. ~ Ken Dryden

Producer: George Mesterhazy; Bob Fowler

Engineer: Tyler McDiarmid; Geoff Countryman

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/17/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 125
Music Label Name Label : Hi Horse Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00815597012592

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   West,Paula
Product attributeLabel:   Hi Horse
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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