Live At Jazz Standard CD (2012)

Artist: Paula West

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Label Hi Horse
SKU 228942016
UPC 815597012592
UPC 14 00815597012592
Format CD
Release Date 7/17/2012
Author Paula West
Technical Info
Engineer Tyler McDiarmid; Geoff Countryman
Producer George Mesterhazy; Bob Fowler
CatalogID 125
Lable Name Hi Horse Records
Released 04/17/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 66m : 46s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00815597012592
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ed Cherry (guitar); George Mesterhazy (piano); Jerome Jennings (drums).
Audio Mixers: George Mesterhazy; Bob Fowler.
Recording information: Jazz Standard.
Editors: George Mesterhazy; Bob Fowler.
Photographers: Nick Mann; Pat Johnson ; Lena Adasheva; Pierre Prospero; Oscar Val Verde.
Arranger: George Mesterhazy.
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
Disc 1
1 Baltimore Oriole
2 Like a Rolling Stone
3 Wichita Lineman
4 Romance In the Dark
5 Man Wanted
6 Nature Boy
7 Don't Think Twice
8 Where Flamingos Fly
9 Pocketful of Miracles
10 Softly As In a Morning Sunrise
11 My Romance
Product Attributes
Artist West,Paula
Label Hi Horse
Music Format Compact Disc

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