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Stallings, Mary / But Beautiful
Album:But Beautiful Collection:Jazz
Artist:Stallings, Mary Added:07/2013
Label:Highnote 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2013-07-14 
MARY STALLINGS: But Beautiful
HighNote, 2013

JAZZ VOCALS – Another gorgeous example of straightforward jazz mastery by San Francisco native Mary Stallings. Once again she pairs with pianist Eric Reed, a perfect partner who this time brings a band of young musicians (all under 25 years old). Stallings is wonderful: her voice has a smoothly-phrased earthiness wrapped in a sophisticated delivery, making these old, familiar tunes sound very much her own.

All tracks very fine. Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9

1. 4:40 – warm, relaxed swing: piano dances around vocals with lively surprise
2. 4:30 – interesting ballad version of this one; duet with piano
3. 3:38 – a less-familiar tune, touches of Billie Holiday with saloon piano
4. 5:46 – slow and romantic: vocal draws you in, piano/sax add rich colors
5. 5:32 – tender ballad with trio: dragged vocal line, elegantly restrained piano
6. 2:58 – jaunty trio stroll, classic feel: vocal comes in halfway thru, light scat
7. 5:50 – nostalgic ballad: sax casts a light, breezy feel against slow vocal
8. 5:08 – unusual arrangement gives standard a tricky, unstable grounding
9. 5:40 – ooooh… soulful, bluesy ballad: vocal works it over a soft trio
10. 3:14 – upbeat swinging tempo makes vocal feel a bit compressed

[ Fo ] - 14 July 2013

Track Listing
1.Dedicated To You 6.Time On My Hands
2.Just A Gigolo 7.Autumn In New York
3.Some Other Spring 8.I Didn't Know What Time It Was
4.But Beautiful 9.You Don't Know What Love Is
5.The Lamp Is Low 10.I Thought About You