Steppin' (JD201)

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  1. Will It Go 'Round In Circles
  2. Mercy Street
  3. Tomorrow Never Knows
  4. Thieves in the Temple
  5. This Must Be Love
  6. Delays on the Downtown 6
  7. She's Not There
  8. The Shadow of Your Smile
  9. Is Love Enough
  10. Ain't No Half Steppin'
  11. Spooky
  12. Nite and Day

When jazz singers interpret popular music, their main source is often the great standards and Broadway music of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Turning most of their attention to George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other famous composers of that era, they tend to ignore the rock and R&B songs of the last 40 years, assuming they are irrelevant to jazz singing. Yet worthwhile popular music didn't die with the Gershwin Brothers -- great popular songs continue to be written, and on her second Chesky album, Steppin', Christy Baron demonstrates that the popular music of the 1960's, 1970's, 1980's and 1990's can, in fact, be relevant to a jazz-oriented vocalist.

Recorded February 28 - March 2, 2000 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in New York, NY.

Christy Baron - Vocals Dan Zank - Piano John Hebert - Acoustic Bass Zach Danziger - Cymbals Gilad - Percussion Akim Funk Buddah - Tuvan throat singing Chris Rogers - Trumpet Didier Rachou - Drum and percussion programming, guitars Doriane Ellito - Background vocals Duane Martin Foster - Background vocals William Galison - Chromatic harmonica David Johansen - Spoken word Andy Middleton - Soprano saxophone, flute Jeff Haynes - Percussion Christos Rafalides - Vibes Curtis King - Vocals

Produced by Didier Rachou and David Chesky Recorded by Barry Wolifson Edited and mastered by Nicholas Prout This album was made with the purest audio path, using the very best microphones, mic preamps, analog-to-digital converters, recorders, and cables with careful attention to detail to produce the most transparent and natural sound available today.

Reviews

"Baron and her arranger Didier Rachou somehow manage to bind it all together with an integrity all its own, and a sound that evokes twilit cityscapes and night scenes of contemporary urban life in shades of blue and magenta with neon flashes of pink and yellow. Baron's exceptionally pretty, reed-like voice finds a perfect complement in Rachou's instrumentation, which is intoxicating in its combination of timbres and colors" - The Absolute Sound