Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson: CD Review: "Compositions By Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

Dorothy Doring

Vocalist Dorothy Doring and Pianist and arranger Phil Mattson are each recognized performers with long and outstanding resumes.  These two talented musicians have gotten together on a project called "Compositions By Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn" and the results are what you would expect: a simply wonderful new CD that captures the brilliants of Ellington and Strayhorn.  The duo reviewed 30 songs and settled on 11 gems that are sure to please even the most serious Jazz devotees. Most of the songs they selected will probably be known by most Jazz buffs like "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good", "Love You Madly", "In A Mellow Tone", and "Lush Life" but included several other s that might be new to some listeners. If you love hearing Jazz vocals with just a piano, this is a CD for you.

Dorothy Doring has been singing for several decades and is at home and comfortable with a wide variety of music from  Country to Rock, Blues and Jazz. She had been recording new CDs about every six to seven years and every effort is always sterling and always different.  She never just sings words, she understands the message of the lyric and uses her own style to present it to the listener. She is a true pro.

Phil Mattson is a two-time Grammy nominee, and his resume includes being an arranger including commissions for: Manhattan Transfer, Chanticleer, The Dale Warland Singers, The Four Freshmen among others. He has been an accompanist for Mark Murphy, Bobby McFerrin, Sunny Wilkinson, Barbara Morrison, Richie Cole, Carmen Lundy and Ernestine Anderson.  He is a true pro.

Together these two splendid musicians have produced a wonderful study of two of the most cherished American Songwriters with some of their best material. This CD was released on March 28, 2013 and is available on iTunes, and

Dorothy Doring on Vocals and Executive Producer
Phil Mattson on Piano, Arranger and Producer

1.  Day Dream                                                         6. In A Mellow Tone

2.  Everything But You                                         7. Lush Life

3. Something To Live For                                     8. I'm Just A Lucky So And So

4.  Love You Madly                                               9. I Didn't Know About You

5.  I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good                   10. Heaven

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