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.
|1.||Almost Like Being In Love (Alan Jay Lerner / Frederick Loewe) 3:36|
|2.||Cherokee (Ray Noble) 5:11|
|3.||I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone (Woodrow Buddy Johnson) 5:49|
|4.||He Was Too Good To Me (Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart) 5:21|
|5.||I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) 4:01|
|6.||Night And Day (Cole Porter) 4:30|
|7.||I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington / Irving Mills / Henry Nemo / John Redmond) 3:19|
|8.||Willow Weep For Me (Ann Ronell) 6:19|
|9.||Why Did I Choose You (Herbert Martin / Michael Leonard) 4:40|
|10.||Summer Wind (Johnny Mercer / Henry Mayer) 4:32|
|11.||Lover Man (Jimmy Davis / Roger Ramirez / Jimmy Sherman) 7:16|
|12.||How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis / Nancy Hamilton) 4:31|
Total Time: 59:31
Recorded January 28, 2013 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Ross