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Monday, September 29, 2014

CD Review: Julie Kelly - Happy To Be.

Julie Kelly (vcld); Bill Cunliffe (pno/synth); Anthony Wilson (gtr); Tom Warrington (bs); Joe LaBarbera (dms); Walter Rodriguez (perc.); Bob Sheppard (sax/fl); Clay Jenkins (tpt); Ron Stout (flug); Bob McChesney (tmb); Kim Richmond (sax); Nick Mancini (vbs); John Prouix (guest vocal).
(Review by Lance).
Not to be confused with Juliet Kelly who recently played a JNE gig at the Black Swan in Newcastle, Julie Kelly is a California based singer and this is her album number 8.
I had a buzz about this before I even played the first track! With Bill Cunliffe on keys and Joe LaBarbera on drums plus a whole host of other sterling performers what could go wrong? Cunliffe also wrote several of the arrangements and the material includes gems by Dave Frishberg, Bob Dorough, Roger Kellaway, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Thad Jones, Jobim - even Jim Tomlinson has a hand in one as do the Bergmans.
So, we got the band, we got the music, all we need now is the girl.
We got the girl!
Take my word for it!
I get so many albums for review these days space decrees that I have to be so, so, selective. No hesitation with this one. If in doubt try the title track which is dedicated to Bobby McFerrin.
Available now on Jazzed Media.

1 comment :

Julie said...

Many thanks for the review of the CD. A fun read first thing in the morning! So glad you enjoyed the music and helped to spread the word.
Hope to get over the pond next year.

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