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Jackie Ryan is one of the premier jazz singers in North America who the general public is unaware of. Perhaps the release of Doozy will boost her image into that of a very fine interpreter of standards and Brazilian tunes. Her flexible and perfectly pitched voice allows her to sing a wide variety of songs, and she handles them all well. Ryan recruited a fine accompanist in pianist Cyrus Chestnut for this two-CD set, alongside east coast all-stars like drummer Carl Allen and bassist Ray Drummond, lesser-known west coasters bassist Neal Smith and bassist Dezron Douglas, and sidemen like trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and on the Brazilian tunes, guitarist Romero Lubambo. The program is very uneven in terms of upbeat numbers followed by downtempo ballads, and thus the listener experiences the jarring, immediate ups and downs. There's nothing at all wrong with the material, but it could have been lined up better. Ryan's voice goes through phases based on her many influences. She's quite fond of the Art Blakey/Jazz Messengers bluesy shuffle sound as heard on the lighter "Opportunity Please Knock" and the cuter take of "Dat Dere" where Pelt and Alexander play together quite nicely. Her homage to Betty Carter on "Do Something" starts slow, then goes crazy, while "Doozy" emphasizes a deeper toned vocalese with a fantastic solo scat à la Annie Ross. Ryan is clearly influenced by Sarah Vaughan during "Beautiful Moons Ago" where she adopts a huskier tone in a calypso stew, and cops Ernestine Anderson's persona from "Never Make Your Move Too soon" on "My How The Time goes On." The Brazilian numbers are sung in an impressively elucidated Portuguese, Benny Carter's "Summer Serenade" is tinged in bossa nova melancholy, and the ballad "Solamente Una Vez" with Lubambo is utterly gorgeous and sensual. There's a New Orleans shuffle buoying the come on flattery song "Tell Me More and More, and Then Some," while her louder, more operatic Vaughan-like vocal is pronounced on the lengthy, emotional "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most." The musicianship from all involved is beyond reproach, and Ryan sounds comfortable on all fronts being accompanied by these players, to the point where it lifts her artistry to a higher level. Chestnut is his usual tasteful and sensitive self -- check him out on the intro of "Spring" for further evidence of his virtuosic powers. While this CD is very long for any one sitting, pick out favorite tracks and see if they don't become popular replays on your iPod or such similar device.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/11/2009
Label: Openart
UPC: 0822154072623
catalogNumber: 7262
Rank: 54366

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackie Ryan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ray Drummond   Bass,Upright Bass
Carl Allen   Drums
Eric Alexander   Saxophone
Cyrus Chestnut   Piano
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Jeremy Pelt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dezron Douglas   Bass,Upright Bass
Neal Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Bobby Timmons   Composer
Oscar Moore   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Don Heckman   Liner Notes
Oscar Brown   Composer
Ogden Nash   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
John Ballard   Producer,Art Direction
Benny Carter   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Carroll Coates   Composer
Nat King Cole   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Duke Ellington   Author
Larry Dunlap   Arranger
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Adolph Green   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Dave Kowalski   Engineer
Romero Lubambo   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Tommy Wolf   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Joel Chriss   Producer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Fran Landesman   Composer
Clara Edwards   Composer
Jackie Ryan   Composer,Liner Notes
Tamir Hendelman   Arranger
Liz Kinnon   Arranger

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