Nancy Ann Lee

Nancy Ann’s Contributions


June 2000    Briefs

Lose Control
Nanette Natal

Vocal chameleon Nanette Natal displays a kittenish quality reminiscent of Eartha Kitt, a gutsy ability to scat, an immersion in rockabilly, blues and funk, and a wide range she exploits with exciting leaps. Peak moments, such as her remake of the pop tune...


June 2000    Briefs

Recontres du Cloitre, Volume 1
Shirley Scott

Fans of Philadelphia native Shirley Scott who know her as a Hammond organ master, may find this 1996 live-recorded, European solo-piano performance a rare but disappointing departure. In an oddly syncopated, heavy-handed, deliberate acoustic piano style...


May 2000    Albums

Oh, What a Thrill
Barbara Sfraga

Making an exceptional debut as leader, versatile vocalist Barbara Sfraga engages listeners straightaway with her multifaceted style on 12 jazz/pop standards and originals. Her dynamic delivery brings to mind Anita O'Day or Patricia Barber, yet Sfraga's one...


May 2000    Albums

Upward and Onward
One For All

Together for several years, One for All is a cooperative sextet of seasoned players (all good buddies) on the New York scene. On Upward and Onward, eight tunes are earmarked with effervescent solo and ensemble work from front-liners Eric Alexander (tenor...


May 2000    Albums

An Answer to Your Silence
Luciana Souza

With a synergistic team, multi-talented vocalist-composer Luciana Souza delivers 11 originals and standards that shimmer with energy, excitement and innovation. Souza's liberated, impressionistic style rivals that of modern Brazilian-jazz vocal masters Elis...


May 2000    Albums

The Summit
George Robert/Phil Woods

On The Summit, Swiss-born and based saxophonist George Robert teams with veteran saxist Phil Woods for nine stimulating front-line alto (or clarinet) interchanges for the German label. Berklee-trained Robert may not enjoy the widest name recognition in the...


May 2000    Albums

Sterling Place All-Stars
Sterling Place All-Stars

The Sterling Place All-Stars are veteran players who have at one time or another lived on the same block in Brooklyn, NY. Alto/soprano saxophonist Vincent Herring is an esteemed musician who's racked up 10 albums as leader and more than 70 as sideman. Pianist...


May 2000    Briefs

Modestly's Odyssey
Brooke Sofferman

A veteran drummer trained in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, Brooke Sofferman contributes 12 beguiling originals that pack plenty of emotionality into this robust, modern session craftily navigated by his cohorts. Highlights abound and no two...


May 2000    Albums

All the Way
Etta Jones

An instantly recognizable stylist, Etta Jones sings a heartfelt 10-tune Sammy Cahn tribute, lending drawling, note-bending phrasing to chestnuts such as "It's Magic," "I Should Care," "I'll Walk Alone", "All the Way" and more. First-rate support from Jones...


May 2000    Albums

Visit Me
Barbara Morrison

Barbara Morrison exhibits freedom in uptempo phrasing on the first half of this 12-tune album, but at first seems to lack Etta Jones' earnestness and control. Yet, at midpoint she satisfyingly finishes off the fare with some compelling ballads and light...


May 2000    Briefs

Volume 1: The Book of Norman
Abby and Norm Group

Berklee professors Norman Zocher and Abigail Aronson generate an attention-grabbing debut showcasing Zocher's provocative compositions. Phrasing smoothly and intelligently in the tradition of John Scofield, Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie, guitarist Zocher...


May 2000    Albums

Between Here and There

The ease of producing CDs and the proliferation of small, independent labels is broadening exposure for many artists, including divergent, rising-star vocalists supported by solid musicians. Imani, with her mature, fluent approach and well-selected material...


May 2000    Albums

Walk and Not Be Faint
Ruth Naomi Floyd

The ease of producing CDs and the proliferation of small, independent labels is broadening exposure for many artists, including divergent, rising-star vocalists supported by solid musicians. With her rich mid-range voice, Ruth Naomi Floyd dutifully serves...


May 2000    Albums

Here's to Ben

Singapore-based Jacintha is a straightforward, classically trained singer who attains backing from deft instrumentalists for this tribute to Ben Webster produced by Joe Harley. Jacintha's penchant for performing timeless standards allows for some resplendent...


May 2000    Books

Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams
Linda Dahl

Linda Dahl, author of the 1984 book Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz women, has written a long-overdue first full-length biography of Mary Lou Williams, a pianist-composer who overcame a background of poverty and neglect to become...


March 2000    Hearsay

Chris Washburne

As if it wasn’t enough that trombonist Chris Washburne suffered the usual consequences of being a New York-based jazz musician, doctors told him in 1992 that he had a virulent form of nerve cancer and a 50 percent chance of surviving an operation. Washburne...

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