Criss Cross Jazz 1362 CD

Dee Daniels

State Of The Art

Available: September 20, 2013

State Of The Art is not only singer Dee Daniels' debut leader date for Criss Cross, but the label's first-ever release by a vocalist after three decades and hundreds of recordings by jazz' best and brightest.

It's a worthy addition -- the Seattle-born vocalist, who sang two numbers on Wycliffe Gordon's recent Criss Cross date The Intimate Ellington (Criss 1353 CD), brings her richly textured multi-octave voice, instrumentally-flexible phrasing, and keen interpretative abilities to a program comprising 12 gems from various corners of the American Songbook.

Enhancing the swinging, soulful, old-master flavor and 21st century feel are tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, who contributes apropos testifying solos and obligatos throughout, and a synchronously grooving rhythm section with pianist Cyrus Chestnut, bassist Paul Beaudry, and drummer Alvester Garnett.

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1. Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe)  3:36
2. Cherokee (Ray Noble)  5:11
3. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone (Buddy Johnson)  5:49
4. He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart)  5:21
5. I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter)  4:01
6. Night And Day (Cole Porter)  4:30
7. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Henry Nemo / John Redmond)  3:19
8. Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell)  6:19
9. Why Did I Choose You (Michael Leonard / Herbert Martin)  4:40
10. Summer Wind (Johnny Mercer / Heinz Meier)  4:32
11. Lover Man (Jimmy Davis / Roger Ramirez / Jimmy Sherman)  7:16
12. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis / Nancy Hamilton)  4:31

Total Time: 59:31
Recorded January 28, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY, USA
Engineer: Max Ross (recording / mastering) & Michael Marciano (mixing)
Producer: Gerry Teekens

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