Jazzed!

Jazzed!

by Sandy DennisonSandy Dennison

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Overview

The sophomore release from Portland-based songstress Sandy Dennison provides a bit of nostalgia mixed with what almost seems like a retro-modern jazz club sound. Dennison lists influences from Carmen McRae to Ella Fitzgerald, and her phrasing follows them to a fair degree. At the same time, however, her vocal range seems limited, with strain coming out at the lower registers that she tends to stay in. The forced nature of the sound is really the aspect that makes the sound seem engineered for nostalgia, perhaps even performed for the purpose of mimicry. This likely isn't the case, but the mood is nonetheless a little off throughout the album. The standards chosen show an excellent ear for the classics, avoiding some of the most obvious pieces (the Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Gershwin crowds), but still touching on some of the important songbook composers (there's still a Van Heusen number, an Irving Berlin number, and an excellent Billy Strayhorn piece). Dennison provides a fair outing, but doesn't quite break any expectations.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2007
Label: Cd Baby
UPC: 0672617034121
catalogNumber: 5637270956
Rank: 193083

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sandy Dennison   Primary Artist
David Evans   Saxophone
Mark DiFlorio   Drums

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Louis Prima   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Dennis Carter   Engineer
John Dankworth   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Anita Leonard   Composer
Stan Rhodes   Composer
A. Fields   Composer

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