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JMT Records Volume 70/81

No 919 070-2





  1. Green Dolphin Street
  2. Taking a Chance On Love
  3. Until We Love
  4. For the First Time in my Life
  5. In Love in Vain
  6. Sorry to Say Goodbye
  7. One for My Baby, One for the Road
  8. Calling You
  9. On a Clear Day
  10. September in NewYork
  11. Amazing Grace
  12. Lush Life

Track 1
Goodman - Vocal
Uri Caine - Piano
Wofgang Muthspiel - Guitar
Kenny Davis - Bass
Marvin "Smitty" Smith - Drums
Track 2
Goodman - Vocals
Mulgrew Miller - Piano
Christian McBride - Bass
Terri Lyne Carrington - Drums
Track 3
Goodman - Vocal
Gary Bartz - Sax
Caine - Piano
McBride - Bass
Carrington - drums
Track 4
Goodman - Vocal
Miller - Piano
McBride - Bass
Carrington - Drums
Track 5
Goodman - Vocal
Davies - Bass
Track 6
As track 1 plus Don Alias - Percussion
Track 7
As 1 plus Lucky Peterson - Organ
Track 8
Goodman - Vocal
Muthspiel - Guitar
Smith - drums
Track 9
As 1 less Thomas and Caine plus
Lucky Peterson
David Bunn - Piano
Track 10
As 2
Track 11
Peterson - Organ
Miller - Piano
McBride - Bass
Carrington - Drums
Track 12
As 2 plus Gary Bartz - Sax

This is a most enjoyable record, the only regret I have is that it has taken 11 years to reach my turntable! However we should be grateful to JMT Records in Munich, Germany for this release, it would appear that previously it was only available as a Japanese import, which usually means expensive.

Gabrielle Goodman is a most accomplished singer who seems to have absorbed all that has gone before, and there is much in the field of the female vocalist in jazz and has come up with a unique style of her own, which also encompasses elements of both gospel and blues. The programme is also very well chosen with a mixture of the well known, the not so well known and a very fine original from Gabrielle on track 3. When you hear many singers in the company of the outstanding musicianís who provide the backings here, they donít shape up, but Gabrielle is right up there with them.

She never fails to swing, she has excellent diction, perfect intonation and the ability to make each song her own using her unique styling.

The supporting musicians are superb throughout, but when you read the personnel above, that is hardly surprising! Uri Caine and Mulgrew Miller are both great pianists and both understand how to accompany a singer of Gabrielleís quality, the contribution of both in that department is of the best and their solos are both exciting and interesting. Exactly the same can be said of bass players Kenny Davis and Christian McBride and drummers Marvin "Smitty" Smith and Terri Lyne Carrington.

There is also some excellent saxophone playing from Gary Thomas and Gary Bartz and a significant Hammond Organ contribution from Lucky Peterson.

This album has everything, I highly recommend it.

Don Mather


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