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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Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe) 3:36
Cherokee (Ray Noble) 5:11
I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone (Woodrow Buddy Johnson) 5:49
He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 5:21
I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) 4:01
Night And Day (Cole Porter) 4:30
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Henry Nemo / John Redmond) 3:19
Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell) 6:19
Why Did I Choose You (Herbert Martin / Michael Leonard) 4:40
Summer Wind (Johnny Mercer / Henry Mayer) 4:32
Lover Man (Jimmy Davis / Roger Ramirez / Jimmy Sherman) 7:16
How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis / Nancy Hamilton) 4:31
Total Time: 59:31
January 28, 2013
Brooklyn, NY, USA