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B. J. Lane "jazzbo" (Levittown, PA United States)

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Don't Talk
Don't Talk
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.95

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!, 12 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Don't Talk (Audio CD)
These are the words of one reviewer from across the pond - on the basis of the wonderful reviews that have been posted thus far, I recently added this superb album to my CD library...and with only one listen, I can see what people like Michael Parkinson were raving about. Please, DO NOT compare Clare Teal with other singers of her day (Jane Monheit, Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Norah Jones, Michael Buble, and so on) as she is in her own league.
The entire album (from the Peggy Lee-ish "Messin' with Fire" to the bluesy "I Just Want to Make Love to You") is amazing - not a clunker in the bunch. Clare is equally at home with standards, rock-era classics like the title track, and her own material (loved "Everything is You"), and I find it very tough to pick a favorite song, though her treatment of "Stoned Soul Picnic" blew me away.
Just like Jamie Cullum did, here's hoping that the magnificient Clare Teal makes lots of noise worldwide, including in America. This big-league label debut is a great starting point!

For Ella
For Ella
Price: £23.97

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A swinging tribute to the First Lady of Song!!, 2 July 2002
This review is from: For Ella (Audio CD)
Being a huge lifelong fan of Ella Fitzgerald, I'm thrilled that another great singer has chosen to pay homage to this legend, as Patti Austin has.
In this superb CD, backed by the WDR Big Band and Orchestra, Ms. Austin demonstrates that she can handle much more than R&B and pop, displaying superb jazz sensibilities along the way (her ability to scat just like Ella did is to be commended). She wisely chose from the creme de la creme of Ella's musical resume, covering the obvious classics such as "Mr. Paganini", "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "How High the Moon," "The Man I Love," "Satin Doll," and others. Take note that Patti sings two of the tracks ("Paganini" and "How High the Moon") exactly as Ella recorded them-note for note, scat for scat.
One song that sums up our adoration for Ms. Fitzgerald is the original "Hearing Ella Sing," written by Patrick Williams (whose slam-dunk big band and string arrangements support Patti) and Arthur Hamilton (who penned "Cry Me a River" for Julie London).
Kudos to the aforementioned Mr. Williams and Gregg Field (who also played drums) for a magnificent job as co-producers, and the WDR Big Band/Orchestra for first-rate backing, and of course to Ms. Austin herself for paying tribute to a great lady in her own way.
In my opinion, there are not enough stars to rate one of the best jazz vocal albums of the year. Patti and Pat, make room in your trophy cases...there may be a Grammy in your future come next year!!!

The Further Adventures Of Little Voice
The Further Adventures Of Little Voice
Price: £4.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Little Voice" is Absolutely Fabulous!, 8 Dec. 2001
Jane Horrocks singing as Judy, Billie, Marlena, Marilyn, and Shirley on one CD...amazing!
When I saw Jane's guest spot on "Parkinson," I was so knocked out by her performance that I had to make this my first amazon.co.uk purchase. Kudos to the New York-based big band for their fine backing, and to Leo Green for his wonderful arrangements.
Jane is "Absolutely Fabulous" in my book, and I hope that she does another album in the near future!!!

Laurie Holloway Trio: LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD
Laurie Holloway Trio: LIVE AT ABBEY ROAD
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £7.26

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Live at Abbey Road" Rocks!!!, 24 Oct. 2001
Thanks to BBC America, I have been a huge fan of the "Parkinson" talk/variety series, and fell madly in love with the music of Laurie Holloway, although he gets little chance to take center stage as he does on this excellent CD.
This new CD by Laurie and his trio (Dave Olney on bass and Martin Drew on drums, plus Laurie's superb piano) is simply amazing...all 16 tracks are excellent, especially his own "Abbey Road Blues" and "Freddie" (dedicated to his grandson), plus his magnificent take on Irving Berlin's great standard "Blue Skies"...with a little quote from "Singing in the Rain" thrown in for good measure. His treatment of other great standards ("A" Train, Up a Lazy River, etc). are also standouts.
Since this CD was recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios, it was fitting to include a marvelously arranged tribute to the Beatles. Loved the back cover shot (reminiscent of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" cover).
Laurie Holloway has been one of the UK's most treasured musical giants for many years. Michael Parkinson was right on the money in calling him a musician of great gifts and infallible taste...after one listen to this CD, I must agree! This is wonderful!!!
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Gotta Right to Sing
Gotta Right to Sing

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This lady's still gotta right to sing!!, 11 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Gotta Right to Sing (Audio CD)
I always get a kick of rediscovering singers from the 50's and 60's, and in my opinion, Marion Montgomery is one of the very best.
Thank God she chose one of the world's best jazz clubs (Ronnie Scott's) to record this live set...Marion is in fine voice here (I'm glad to hear that she's still singing today), and supported by the rock-solid quartet led by her pianist (and spouse), Mr. Laurie Holloway. The one downside is that the audience applause is barely audible. One track stands out in my mind above all the rest, and that's "Mean to Me," in which Marion, Laurie and pals serve up eight+ minutes of no-holds barred swinging jazz!!!
I have two of Marion's CDs (both purchased at the amazon.com site) and await a third, "That Lady from Natchez" in my library soon. This gal's still got it!!!

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