HighNote HCD 7212
Passionate, robust singers with the sensitivity of a Carmen McRae and the sass of a Dinah Washington aren't exactly thick on the ground these days which is what makes Mary Stallings' return to the studios a cause for rejoicing. Her voice is, at once, contemporary and timeless, encompassing the entire history of jazz vocals. For her HighNote debut, Mary Stallings, a former colleague of Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and others sails through a program of standards and obscurities with elegance and ease, her slightly blues-tinged phrasings beautifully supported by pianist and arranger Eric Reed.
Mary Stallings, vocals. Eric Reed, Piano & Arrangements. With: Hamilton Price, bass; Ralph Penland, drums. Adriana Evans & Mary Stallings, vocal duet on "Never Knew"
Tracks: Close Enough for Love; That Old Black Magic; Moon Ray; Never Knew; A Weaver of Dreams; Mad About the Boy; Dream Dancing; Hey Now; Watching You Watching Me; Before You Know It; A Timeless Place (The Peacocks)
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