Sunday, November 24, 2013

CD Review: Carolyn Lee Jones "The Performer"

"The Performer" is Carolyn Lee Jones' second CD. Her first CD "Bon Appetit" received wide critical acclaim. Carolyn is a powerhouse musical talent! This is her first try at being a producer and she has done an amassing job of put this CD together, taking charge and putting this beautiful CD together. Acting as the producer, and band leader, Carolyn has spent countless hours of time picking  the songs that fit her musical ear. Once she selected the songs, she then spent more hours bringing in some of the most professional, respected musicians she loved and performed with over the past 5 or 6 years. But Carolyn, being the detailed professional that she has evolved into, was not just satisfied with one band. She then selected the perfect combination of musicians to capture just the right mix of sounds for each individual song. This CD represents a labor of love for Carolyn, and the results have made all this effort worth it!

I was taken back by Carolyn's vocal styling and the richness of her voice. The song list for this CD is very unusual. First, she included 14 cuts on this CD at a time that most Cds never contain more than 10 cuts. Second, the songs are a mix of some classic standards like "East of The Sun", "The Nearness of You" and "Old Devil Moon". Then she added some wonderful newer songs like Stevie Wonder's "Creepin" and two of my old Jazz favorites that you seldom hear performed "Lazy Afternoon" and "The Island".

This is simply a remarkable effort from Carolyn Lee Jones that resulted in the creation of a beautiful musical CD.  Carolyn Lee Jones performs on Vocals, Background and is the band leaders of this fine group of musicians listed below.

Brad Williams-Piano & Keyboard
Jonathan Fisher-Basses
Andrew Griffith-Drums
Todd Parsnow-Guitars (tracks, 4,5,6,7,10,12,14)
Jorge Ginorio-Percussion (tracks,
Shelly Carrol-Alto Flute (track 14), Flute (track 6), Tenor Sax (track, 2,10,12)
Mario Cruz-Flute (tracks, 1,13,14), Tenor Sax (tracks, 1,8,13)
Joyce Spencer-Alto Sax (track, 13)
Paul Elder-Bass Clarinet (track 13)
David Pierce-Trombone (tracks 1,3,5,13)
Tony Baker-Trombone (tracks, 1,3,5,13)

1. Small Day Tomorrow                       2. East of The Sun
3. The Performer                                  4. Creepin
5. Nearness of You                                6. If You Were Shakespeare
7. I Wished On The Moon                   8. Let's Get Lost
9. Piano In The Dark                           10. Old Devil Moon
11. Never Let Me Go                            12. Tell Me All About It
13. Lazy Afternoon                              14. The Island 

                     I have attached a "YouTube" video of Carolyn singing "Let's Get Lost".   

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