Live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency

Live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency

by Rebecca KilgoreRebecca Kilgore

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Rebecca Kilgore's career has steadily climbed since she gained national exposure from her mid-'90s Arbors CD I Saw Stars, becoming a favorite of jazz parties and clubs around the U.S. For this engagement she joined forces with tenor saxophonist Harry Allen's quartet for a salute to Billie Holiday and Lester Young, recorded during two nights of their booking at Feinstein's at Loew's Regency in August 2010, with pianist Rosanno Sportiello, bassist Joel Forbes (who is a member of her regular quartet), and drummer Chuck Riggs. Fortunately, this is not the kind of tribute where the artists are interested in merely duplicating the recordings of jazz greats that they are honoring; instead, they put their own stamp on the songs that Lady Day and Prez recorded, while keeping their swinging, intimate feeling. After a quick run through "Your Mother's Son-in-Law" (an unremarkable piece that launched young Billie Holiday's career as she debuted on disc with Benny Goodman), she gets into the meat of the singer's discography with an effervescent setting of "Them There Eyes" and a lightly swinging "Foolin' Myself," in which Kilgore scats in unison with Allen's robust tenor. There are two instrumental features for Allen, a hard-blowing "Tickle Toe" and a gritty, brisk interpretation of "I Want to Be Happy." The Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn vehicle "I'm Checkin' Out Go-om Bye" has nothing to do with Holiday or Young, but proves to be a potent closing number, with a strong chorus by Allen and two choruses of masterful stride piano by Sportiello. Too few of Rebecca Kilgore's live performances have appeared on CD, and this rewarding disc will give jazz fans a better idea of her strengths in a club setting.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941143324
catalogNumber: 19433

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebecca Kilgore   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Riggs   Drums
Joel Forbes   Bass
Rossano Sportiello   Piano

Technical Credits

Joe Burke   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Jack Lawrence   Composer
F.E. Miller   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Rebecca Kilgore   Producer
Alan Nahigian   Cover Photo
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Doris Tauber   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
William Tracey   Composer
Mann Holiner   Composer
Alberta Nichols   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design,Cover Photo
Bill Moss   Engineer

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